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Good news, Breaking Bad fans! We are finally starting to get real information regarding the upcoming spin-off Better Call Saul. First, the bad news. While earlier reports indicated the series would launch in the fall of 2014, it’s premiere has now been pushed back to early 2015, where it will be paired on Sunday nights with The Walking Dead.
While that delay might be a bit disheartening, Peter Gould, one of the show’s co-showrunners, released some interesting tidbits to the New York Daily News to help with the pain of a longer wait. While the series has been billed as a prequel to the events of Breaking Bad, Gould revealed that the series will actually move around throughout the Bad timeline, with some events occurring before Walter White begins his drug trade, some during, and some after the events at the end of the series. Which, of course, means that any and all characters who appeared throughout the run of Breaking Bad can return for appearances on Better Call Saul– even though they may not have survived.
While Bryan Cranston and Arron Paul (who played Walt and Jesse, respectively, on Breaking Bad) have publicly stated their willingness to return in a guest capacity, Gould told the Daily News he wants the show to stand on its own merits and not simply rely on high powered Breaking Bad guest stars. The current cast for Better Call Saul only lists two returnees from Bad, with Bob Odenkirk set to reprise his role as Saul, and Johnathan Banks on board as the beloved Mike Ehrmantraut. While we will have to wait a few more months before seeing any of the new episodes, AMC has already shown its faith in the series by ordering a second season. So, we’ll have at least 26 episodes of Better Call Saul.