When Breaking Bad came to an end in 2013, it left a huge hole in the lives of the fans that had seen Walter White and those around him develop over five seasons of simply outstanding television.
But there may be a way to ease the hurt that for now is alleviated only through re-watching DVD boxsets and revisiting our favourite moments on the internet.
When it was announced that there would be a Breaking Bad spin-off, fans would have been forgiven for expecting the origin story of Gus Fring or a show dedicated solely to Jesse Pinkman. Instead, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould threw a curveball by making White’s shady but loveable lawyer Saul Goodman the star of their new show: Better Call Saul.
Although set in 2002 – six years before Goodman first lays eyes on White – there are promises of time-shifts that suggest at least some of Breaking Bad’s principle and minor characters will make an appearance.
With the news that Better Call Saul – already renewed for a second season – will premiere in early 2015, we will have to wait a while longer to see Gilligan’s latest creation. But in the meantime, here are five things we hope to see in the new series.
Lots of Mike
Mike Ehrmantraut was one of the standout characters in Breaking Bad – his haunting monologue in season three’s Half Measures my personal favourite – and fans will be pleased to hear that Jonathan Banks will reprise his role in Better Call Saul.
Any chance to see more of Mike can only be a good thing, but I am personally hoping to learn more about the go-to guy’s home life, having previously seen glimpses of his loveable side in his relationship with his granddaughter Kaylee.
A glimpse of Gus
Okay so what I really want is a show dedicated to Gus Fring – the kingpin before the kingpin. But with that not happening, at least for now, we will have to make do with potential cameo performances from Giancarlo Esposito.
Something tells me even that is too much to be wishing for, but Breaking Bad left so many unanswered questions regarding the Los Pollos Hermanos supremo.
A place for Huell Babineaux
Saul’s bumbling, mumbling bodyguard Huell – played by Lavell Crawford – was last seen in a room waiting for something that was not going to happen. But flashing back we are sure to see the slow-moving but quick-fingered 'muscle' as Gilligan and Gould reveal Saul’s early years in the business.
A teaser trailer has already hinted at a younger, less confident Saul, but perhaps the most exciting thing about the show is the fact that we will see how the lawyer becomes the man who ultimately meets Walter and Jesse.
The Breaking Bad universe does evolution brilliantly, as seen in the changes all its characters experienced across five seasons; so knowing who Saul became, the fun will be in watching how he got there.
What happened next?
With the potential to flash-forward Better Call Saul invites the possibility for us to see what happened to the main man after Breaking Bad’s conclusion. We know he ‘disappeared’ but a glimpse into the future is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Perhaps he even became the manager of a Laser Tag somewhere…under a new name and probably some questionable facial hair of course.