AMC’s “Breaking Bad” will begin airing its final season on Sunday, August 11, which will wrap up Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) journey from a Mr. Chips-type teacher to a meth-making drug lord, but it may not be the end for Walt’s lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk).
There is talk — mostly from “Breaking Bad” showrunner and creator Vince Gilligan — that he would like to see a spin-off, which is being bandied about as “Better Call Saul.”
“It is my fervent hope there will be a Saul spin-off,” Gilligan told reporters gathered in Beverly Hills for the Television Critics Association biannual gathering. “I have been working with [the writer who created the character of Saul] trying to figure out what direction a Saul Goodman [series] would take. I am not speaking for any entity. It is for powers bigger than me to figure out if it should come to fruition.”
Odenkirk is up for the task. He said, “I would love to do it. The spin-off for me is just being on this show. Everything good that has come makes me really happy.”
The character of Saul hasn’t had his backstory revealed on “Breaking Bad,” so there’s opportunity for new storytelling. The main function of the character has been to keep Jesse (Aaron Paul) and Walt out of jail. But Odenkirk says he has created an origins story about where Saul developed his devious method of practicing law.
“I think he is from Chicago,” he says. “A lot of Chicagoans like to go to the Southwest for the weather. [People from Chicago] believe everybody west of Chicago is easy to manipulate. They eat granola — raisin and crap that grows on trees. That is the Chicago I know… There is so much manipulation in the government of Chicago. It is in the blood there.”
In addition to the possible spin-off series, there is also a two-hour documentary on the making of “Breaking Bad” coming that will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, along with the final episodes, that will revisit the entire scope of the series.
“Stu Richardson was hired by Sony to shoot a bunch of behind-the-scenes features,” Gilligan says. “He has done additional material for our Blu-rays and DVDs for several years now. For our big-box set, he has really outdone himself and done a two-hour documentary about the show… I for one am very happy it exists, because my memory gets worse every year.”
The doc will also include footage of Cranston and Paul reading the final script. What happens in that final script is a closely guarded secret, but Cranston promises a satisfying ending.
“Walt has a large reservoir of good to be shared with everyone else, and he spreads his joy throughout the last eight episodes,” Cranston teased reporters. “I think everybody will be satisfied with the ending, where we hugged it out. Where all is forgiven…”
“Breaking Bad” premieres its final season on August 11 at 9/8c on AMC.