Monday, July 16, 2012

If Saul Goodman's Comb Over Could Speak...

...what would it say? Would it speak of how this dastardly attorney got into the game of ambulance chaser who promises legal aid to tax dodgers, bail runners, parking ticket violators and pimply drug dealers? What made him such a sleaze bucket? And how about the meth head underlings of the Mexican drug cartel? What secrets have they shared in return for favors Saul has used to get Walt out of a tight spot? We could find out if  Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman, the snakey lawyer from Hades, gets his own spin off.

Saul is so slithery, corrupt and crooked, he leaves a visable oil stain from Albuquerque to Juarez. He's also, in a very dark way, hilarious. Comedian Bob Odenkirk has created one of the most enjoyable and lovable weasels, sparked by the brain of Breaking Bad's mastermind (and showrunner) Vince Gilligan.

According to EW, Gilligan is only in the thinking stage of this possible new show. Here's a quote from their website.

“I would love to see a Saul Goodman spin-off show when it’s all said and done,” Gilligan tells EW. “I think that would present itself pretty nicely, storywise. While Breaking Bad is by design a show that is finite and limited in its scope — it’s a story of transformation that cannot go on forever — I think a Saul Goodman show could have great legs. I love the idea of a lawyer who will do anything to avoid going to court. He’s always going to settle on the courthouse steps.” Gilligan cautions that the Saul spin-off is just in the idea stage at this point. And he issues an all-important caveat, given that the writers are currently constructing the second half of the last season: “No viewer should breathe a sigh of relief that Saul won’t expire by the end of Breaking Bad,” he says. “Everything is on the table… Who knows where Breaking Bad will take us?” (Asked about the possibility of a Saul-centric series, Odenkirk seconds: “Saul has got to survive this show first.” He adds with a quip: “And if he doesn’t, then maybe it can be done as a prequel.”)

Let's hope this happens! It would make saying goodbye to Breaking Bad a little easier when Walt shuffles off in the second half of the final season, due to air next summer.

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