'Breaking Bad' spinoff: Expect the unexpected
September 12th, 2013
05:45 PM ET

'Breaking Bad' spinoff: Expect the unexpected

With news of a "Breaking Bad" spinoff, every fan on the Internet is predicting what the hour-long prequel, centered on Bob Odenkirk's criminal attorney Saul Goodman, could look like.

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But here's a tip from one of the creators of the character, co-executive producer Peter Gould: throw out your expectations.

“We’re using the kind of storytelling that we did on 'Breaking Bad,' but in a really new way,” Gould, who's working on the spinoff with "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan, told Entertainment Weekly. “When people think of a Saul Goodman spinoff, they tend to think in terms of a laugh-a-minute comedy, and we’re going for something that has a very unique tone. To play with a main character who has the unique morality that Saul Goodman does is going to be in its own way as much of an experiment as 'Breaking Bad.'”

Keep in mind that the spinoff, "Better Call Saul," is still a work in progress - even that title is tentative. But overall, Gould is viewing the prequel as an opportunity to explore one of "Breaking Bad's" more fascinating characters.

"[Goodman's] not a character I've seen before," Gould told EW. “So much of 'Breaking Bad' is about playing out ideas of morality and how you live in the world, and this is a guy who has a philosophy which is internally consistent but is also kind of strange. In addition to the fact that he always amuses us and we’re always ready to see more, the guy is a problem solver. He solves problems in his own way. He’s just as innovative as Walt is, so that really gives us a lot of stories and a lot of places to go with him.”

AMC has been tight-lipped about when to expect "Better Call Saul's" arrival, but they have hinted that we'll get to see how the sketchy attorney came to be. The plan, the network said in a statement Wednesday, is to "focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."

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