‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk on His Initial Reservations About the Show

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Breaking Bad  spin-off Better Call Saul follows the trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill in the time before he established his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The series is now finally returning to AMC with its sixth and final season, consisting of 13 episodes and split into two parts.

Like many, the show was delayed due to COVID-19, but also due to the unfortunate event of star Bob Odenkirk suffering a heart attack and collapsing on-set. Luckily, Odenkirk is now fully recovered and in the new interview for USA Today , has reminisced about the series, his character and initial dislike he held for him.

The actor admitted that he had some reservations about the spinoff and was not convinced the series had a future. When co-creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan approached him with the role, Odenkirk thought his character wasn’t likeable and that he should be written in a different manner, but did not want to insult the creators.

“The first thing I said to Peter and Vince is you’ve got to make him likable if you want to write a show about him because I didn’t think he was likable. I thought they’d be insulted because I knew they liked the character, but they weren’t. They understood what I meant. I did grow to like him a lot more than when I started.”

Better Call Saul has shed some light on the person Saul was before meeting Walter, and that person is flawed, troubled, with a complicated history, but overall human and realistic, with good intentions deep inside. The series has deepened audiences’ understanding of the titular lawyer and made him more likeable, in contrast to Odenkirk’s initial predictions.

The first 7 episodes of Better Call Saul season 6 will air from April 18 to May 23 2022. The final 6 episodes of Better Call Saul season 6 will air from July 11 through to August 15 2022. 

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