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When You Need a Criminal Lawyer: "Breaking Bad"s Saul Getting Spinoff

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 3, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 3, 2013 |

With the end of “Breaking Bad” on the horizon, nothing but eight more episodes of cotton candy and the simple kindness of strangers, show creator Vince Gilligan is about to have some time on his hands. There have been rumors floating around of a spin off focused on that most fantastic of attorneys, Mr. Saul Goodman. But it has seemed more like on those endless churn of rumors that aren’t really going to happen like Wolverine going to Japan or Charlie Kelly using mechs to fight Godzilla clones. You know, the sparks that are fun on the Internet, but never have much chance of landing on kind kindling.

Well, Gilligan has set us straight, declaring in an interview that the Saul Goodman Show (I assume they’ll use a different title, but if not, I came up with that first and want royalties) is his next project, his only project on the plate once “Breaking Bad” wraps. Gilligan said that he doesn’t know whether it will be a prequel or a sequel yet, but by god he and Peter Gould are moving “full speed ahead” and planning to pitch it as soon as they’ve got a script.

Says Gilligan:

Since Peter created the character, it felt more than right to be working with him on this, and we are plugging away coming up with a pitch and a take on it for the network and studio and hopefully everyone will agree that there’s a really fun show to be had here. And hopefully we’ll get it up and running, and then Peter will run it. I’d love to see that happen. It’s not a done deal yet, but it’s definitely something we’re full speed ahead on trying to get going.

He goes on to say this:

I have to be coy as to whether it even could be a sequel. Because you never know, when the dust settles at the end of our final eight episodes, where everybody’s gonna be and who’s gonna be left standing. I can’t even say for sure that it could be a sequel. It may be, it may not.

Ah, got the coded message. It’s totally a sequel. But he can’t say it’s a sequel without admitting Saul survives. Unless Saul dies and the sequel is him as a zombie. You say that wouldn’t work, but did you believe five years ago that “the dad from Malcolm in the Middle as a meth cooker” would be what it is? Ergo, it logically follows that anything you think will not be good will end up being award winning.brilliant television.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.