“Lawyers: We’re like health insurance,” Saul (Bob Odenkirk) says in the teaser, sporting a much fuller head of hair than we’re used to seeing in Breaking Bad. “You hope you never need it, but man, oh man, not having it? No, phew.”
The 10-episode first season of Better Call Saul will follow wisecracking criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, starting in 2002, before he meets Walter White (Bryan Cranston), as he navigates the crime world and helps people not-so-legally weasel out of legal trouble. Though not many specifics are known about the show, the theory is we’ll see Saul’s descent into the smarmy lawyer world play out.
“I hesitate to say it, but it is indeed a period piece,” co-creator, Vince Gilligan, said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour this past July, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I can’t believe it myself — it’s like it was yesterday, but it was 12 years ago.”
Gilligan and fellow co-creator, Peter Gould, did share some other interesting details about the series, saying they favored “nonlinear storytelling.”
“We like jumping around in time,” Gilligan explained. I would definitely point you in the direction of ‘anything that was possible storytelling-wise on Breaking Bad is possible on Better Call Saul.”
This and other comments have many fans hoping we’ll see some Breaking Bad crossover in Better Call Saul, specifically appearances from Cranston and Aaron Paul, possibly through flash-forwards.
Better Call Saul has received so much buzz, AMC has already renewed it for a second season ahead of its premiere, according to the Los Angeles Times. Check out the first look of Odenkirk as Saul Goodman.