At the Television Critics Association in Beverly Hills on July 11, ‘Better Call Saul’ showrunner Vince Gilligan confirmed cast members, teased plot details, and AMC released new photos! Check ’em out and get excited!
Set to premiere in early 2015, Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul is so close, yet so far. However, showrunner Vince Gilligan teased some details from the show’s upcoming freshman season at the Television Critics Association on July 11, as well as confirmed some cast members! Vince also revealed the real reason why the series was pushed back from November to early 2015.
‘Better Call Saul’ Cast Confirmed — New Pics For ‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-Off
The reason for the series being pushed back is pretty simple — he’s a “slow as mud” TV writer, he told the crowd in Beverly Hills on July 11, according to TVLine. Indeed, he asked for more time, and AMC granted it — why wouldn’t they? Mad Men put the network on the map, but Breaking Bad launched it into the stratosphere.
As for the cast of characters we can expect, allow us to break it down for you:
-Michael McKean will play Saul’s brother, Chuck. (Chuck is the greying fellow in the photo above.)
-Jonathan Banks will reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut. (If we see him with his granddaughter as a baby, we’ll cry.)
-Rhea Seahorn will play Kim. (“Rhea, she is just as cute as she can be and just a wonderful funny actress and capable a great deal of depth,” said Vince, according to Variety.)
-Patrick Fabian will play Hamlin.
-Michael Mando will play Nacho.
–Oh, and Bob Odenkirk will play Saul Goodman… obviously.
Breaking Bad will take place in 2002, and its first season will have just 10 episodes. Fear not, however: it already has a 13-episode second season pick-up!
Vince Gillian: ‘I Was Always Scratching My Head At The Anti-Skylar Bias’
Regarding a possible re-appearance from Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), Vince teased: “There’s so much more to say about that character. There’s always a possibility. Having said that, we’re trying to make something that stands on its own.” We totally respect that! However, we also kinda don’t, because we are dying for more Gus!
And finally, because this particular writer has a Skylar White (Anna Gunn) bias, here’s what Vince had to say about the strong, amazing woman whom many people just fundamentally did not get: “I learned my lesson. I’m never going to write less-than-perfect women again. I was always scratching my head at the anti-Skylar bias. To me, she was a much more likable character than Walt was.”
So, HollywoodLifers, what do you think about all of these new details about Better Call Saul? Will you be watching? Are you looking forward to a whole new story, or are you just secretly hoping that it will revisit all the same themes and characters from Breaking Bad? We know — it’s hard to let go. Sound off below!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner