AMC's Breaking Bad has been a runaway success, and its imminent finale is one of the most anticipated television events in recent memory. However, it now appears the conclusion of Walter White's antihero saga will not be the last we see of the Breaking Bad universe. Deadline is reporting that AMC and Sony Pictures TV have reached a deal to produce a prequel spin-off series focusing on 's character, the shady criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. The spin-off, for the moment titled Better Call Saul, will be developed by Breaking Bad creator , Odenkirk, and series writer/producer . The hour-long show would be a more comedic chronicling of Goodman's exploits before he ever met Walter White.
I was late to the game with Breaking Bad. I had always heard how great it was from every single person I talked to who had seen it, but it wasn't until about a month ago that I finally marathoned through it and got caught up in time for the last run of new episodes. And as it turns out, the show is indeed brilliant and now I'm totally obsessed. I absolutely love Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, and truth be told I am dreading the days when there is no such thing as a new Breaking Bad episode.
However, I'm just not sure a spin-off would work. It seems like such a stretch of concept that I can't see it maintained for more than a few episodes. Everyone involved here is terrific, and I am all in favor of spending as much time as possible in the Breaking Bad universe, but this seems like the wrong approach.