Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul is “85% drama, 15% comedy” says Bob Odenkirk

"I've certainly gotten a chance to dig deep in Better Call Saul," says the man who plays the shyster lawyer

One of the questions that dominated the news of Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul is just what sort of tone the show would go for. After all, its lead, rogue criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, was the comic relief in Breaking Bad, the hit drama series that told the grim story of Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns his skills to making meth after a cancer diagnosis has him fearing for the financial future of his family. 

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Well, Bob Odenkirk, who will reprise the role of Saul in the hour-long new show, has settled matters: “It’s total drama, man. It’s 85 per cent drama, 15 per cent comedy.”

“One of the cool things about playing Saul now is that I get to have those moments [of depth]. I’ve certainly gotten a chance to dig deep in Better Call Saul,” he told The Hollywood Reporter

The prequel, penned by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gillian and writer Peter Gould, will primarily be set before the story of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman, but will also jump across decades –meaning it’s possible we could see old favourites again.

“Perhaps some of it takes place before Breaking Bad, during Breaking Bad and after Breaking Bad,” Gould explained earlier this year. “That gives us the ability to bring back characters that were killed on Breaking Bad.”

Cranston, however, has ruled out a return to the prequel, saying that he doesn’t think it would work as Goodman and White only meet in Breaking Bad series two. He will return to direct an episode, though. Aaron Paul, meanwhile, has expressed an interest in reprising Pinkman for the show. 

“I’d love to be a part of it,” he told AMC in June. “I’m so jealous that everyone is back in Albuquerque, back in the same stages where we shot Breaking Bad.”

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Better Call Saul is set to air on AMC and, in the UK, Netflix in February.