When the concept of spinning off one of the most massively popular American shows of the past decade - Breaking Bad - was first announced it was met with a healthy degree of scepticism, especially since the subject of the spin-off show was to be the sleazy Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) the strip-mall criminal lawyer who would eventually represent Breaking Bad central characters Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).
Despite the risks that are always involved in spin-offs, Better Call Saul did very well for itself both critically and commercially and was quickly renewed by AMC for Season 2, which currently doesn't have a release date.
The Centrepiece of Season 2
Telling the story of lawyer turned scam-artist Jimmy McGill, who would later become Saul Goodman, Better Call Saul Season 1 left us with Jimmy leaving his morals at the door as he edged closer to adopting the Goodman persona. Marco's untimely death rattles him and he returns to Albuquerque, snubbing the job interview/meeting with the Davis & Mane law firm who were considering hiring him as partner in favour of more illicit exploits.
In a recent Variety interview co-creator Peter Gould dropped hints about what we can expect to see in Season 2, namely Jimmy's turn towards the dark side:
"The fact that people have embraced Bob’s performance as Jimmy McGill and really gotten into this character, the audience feels the same as us, which is that we love him so much, we’re a little bit sad he’s going to turn into Saul Goodman. There’s something tragic about the fact that this guy who is so open-hearted and essentially a decent person becomes this drug lawyer. It creates a lot of tension in the show."
So Season 2 is where we're really going to experience Jimmy's genesis as Saul Goodman, and the dark path that his actions take him down from hereon out. Exciting stuff, but there's another prevalent question that we need to see answered...
Will Gus Return?
There's always rumours circulating about this sort of thing, but given that Giancarlo Esposito has himself said he'd like to reprise his role as drug kingpin Gustavo Fring it looks likely that we'll see him making an appearance as Jimmy heads into the dangerous world of a drug lawyer.
Indeed Gus is one Breaking Bad character that really should make an appearance in Better Call Saul. Given his proximity to both the Albuquerque drug trade and Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) who is more or less the secondary lead of Better Call Saul, it would be odd to exclude him from the cast ranks.
Mike's story is still being written alongside taking Jimmy's as Better Call Saul unfolds; from operating as a fixer to being cemented as Gus' long-time hitman by the time the events of Breaking Bad come around, so introducing Gus in a Mike-centric episode would fit in very well.
It would also be a great way to allow Vince Gilligan to further expand upon Gus's mysterious past, as the fan-favourite didn't give too much away before he had half of his face blown off in Season 4 of Breaking Bad.
Sadly it still seems unlikely that either Walter White or Jesse Pinkman will show up. Indeed there's not a clear reason for Walter to do so, but it would actually make sense for Jesse to appear as he knew Saul/Jimmy before the events of Breaking Bad.
Sadly Aaron Paul has denied that he'll be making an appearance on the show, so it looks like we might not get to see any science this time round bitches.
There's still no official release date for Better Call Saul Season 2, but it is expected to air sometime in 2016.