Think about your favourite bad guys - or bad girls - on TV. Why do you like them so much? Chances are, at least part of the reason is that they know what they are and they own it. There's a lot to be said for having the balls to make peace with the elements of your personality that others find reprehensible.
If Better Call Saul is a series, at least on one level, about self-acceptance. By the end of season 1, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) seems to have come to terms with the fact that he's not one of society's good guys. One piece of dialogue - Mike's speech from episode 9 - does a great job of highlighting this struggle:
"I've known good criminals and bad cops. Bad priests, honorable thieves. You can be on one side of the law or the other. But if you make a deal with somebody, you keep your word. You can go home today with your money and never do this again. But you took something that wasn't yours. And you sold it for a profit. You're now a criminal. Good one, bad one? That's up to you."
Although its origins as a Breaking Bad spin-off guaranteed a ton of hype for Better Call Saul, it was perhaps the series' refreshing take on morality and human nature that had critics wet and audiences enthralled, and quickly banished any doubts about the wisdom of a prequel. But that's the past; let's look ahead to what we can expect from season 2.
(It goes without saying that things might get vaguely spoilerific from hereon in.)
Introducing Saul Goodman
One of the big questions hanging over season 1 was "when will we meet Saul?". And as it transpired, we didn't, but Jimmy's acceptance of his place in the world and decision to go it alone as a solo litigator seem to point toward the big "Saul moment" happening early in season 2, perhaps even in the premiere episode.
Breaking Bad crossovers
First things first: no, neither Walt (Bryan Cranston) nor Jesse (Aaron Paul) will be propping up the cast of Saul season 2. I understand why some fans are eager to see them in the spin-off, but this show needs to stand on its own two feet, and dropping either of those iconic characters into the mix would only serve to invite comparison with Breaking Bad - and when you're competing with one of the most beloved TV series of all time, well, you're not going to step out of the ring covered in glory.
But that's not to say that supporting characters won't make the jump. Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) would seem like a logical candidate to appear in Saul, seeing as he's a major drug kingpin. And there would actually be a purpose to his role in the series too - it would allow us to get a glimpse of how he became one of the biggest names in the most formidable figures in the drug trade.
Who else? Well, Francesca (Tina Parker), aka Honey Tits, Saul's secretary, vitamin keeper and highly talented negotiator in Breaking Bad, is always welcome on my TV screen. But really, this is not a series which needs to be looking back - or rather, forward. They already have a killer cast, all of whom are returning, and a group of writers who taken us deeper into the psyche of this damaged man than we ever went before the Breaking Bad adventure came to an end.
So whilst we might actually not know much about season 2 yet, here's what we do know for sure: we're in safe hands. The chances of anybody screwing this up are about the same as Saul turning to the priesthood. As Jimmy might say...
It's showtime, folks!
Are you stoked for the return of Better Call Saul on AMC? Can't wait until 2016? What do you want from season 2? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!