AMC’s Better Call Saul had the impossible mission of succeeding its fabulous, crime-noir predecessor, Breaking Bad, a challenge it met and achieved with flying colors. Three seasons later, Saul is one of the best shows on TV (network, cable, or streaming). Now we’re learning more about its future from creator Vince Gilligan, and that future is dark… just the way fans like it!
Gilligan’s follow-up to the legacy of Walter White didn’t look particularly promising on paper: the origin story of an ethically-flexible attorney, Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman), and his extended family of lawyers, drug dealers, assassins, and confidence men. It’s evolved into an intense and nuanced drama, punctuated with fits of dark humor and occassional bursts of shocking violence. The writing, directing, and acting are all top notch — from the very first episode it was apparent Better Call Saul was going to be far better than anyone could have expected.
Saul is, of course, a prequel to Breaking Bad, which creates a complicated narrative. It transpires approximately five years before the events in Breaking Bad. It utilizes flashbacks and flashforwards to connect the two series, which obviously pivots on the misfortunes of anti-hero McGill. The series began where Breaking Bad left off: McGill assigned to witness protection in Omaha, Nebraska; surviving day-to-day as a Cinnabon store manager (a drab sliver of hell if there ever was one).
Gilligan spoke with ScreenRant regarding his intentions for Better Call Saul Season 4, which launches sometime in 2018:
“I don’t want to give anything away and I can’t make any hard-fast promises because even we don’t know where we’re going most days — but I think it’s not unlikely we’re going to see more story set in Omaha, Nebraska. Certainly perhaps at the beginning of seasons and maybe even beyond that. It seems there’s a lot of story there, it’d be a shame not to get to it.”
Each season thus far has opened on McGill’s present-day conditions, before whiplashing back to the series’ primary timeline. Fans love these flashforward moments, which convey a deeper mystery: how did McGill end-up here and how much longer can he endure the exile and its isolation? McGill isn’t known for standing still, even when its in his best interest to do so. Gilligan isn’t sharing any details, but his promise of more Cinnabon escapades is intriguing.
As Gilligan mentioned, the storytelling in Saul is unpredictable and opaque — they’re making it up as they go along! Because there’s no way to know what’s going to happen next, Saul is one of the most unpredictable series on TV (or however you consume it). While there’s a lot of great crime and drama series out there, few shows at the level of Better Call Saul. Bring on Season 4!
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