Better Call Saul, the planned Breaking Bad spin-off about Bob Odenkirk's greasy lawyer Saul Goodman, may act as both a prequel and a sequel to its predecessor.
Though the project was originally described as telling the story of Saul before he became involved with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Odenkirk tells IGN it may also incorporate elements of what happened to Saul after the Breaking Bad finale.
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"I've said that a lot of people do want to see what happens next to Saul," Odenkirk says of his conversations with creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. "So, I don't know what they're going to do. I know they've talked about prequel, but they've also talked to me about sequel, and they've also talked to me about a mix of prequel and sequel."
Though Saul's backstory was never fully explained in Breaking Bad, viewers did learn that 'Saul Goodman' wasn't the character's given name. Odenkirk tells IGN he developed his own backstory to inform his portrayal, but isn't pushing for that narrative to be used in Better Call Saul.
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"I wouldn't go into too much detail, because I don't want to influence Vince at all in his efforts," he says. "I'm approaching this the way I approached Breaking Bad, which is, 'Vince, you write it and then you hand it to me and I will figure out my part."
Odenkirk says the writers are scheduled to start on the first Better Call Saulscripts in two or three weeks, and that his understanding of the series is that it will be "70 percent drama and 30 percent comedy."
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