Gee, isn't it nice to not have to wake up at 5:30 A.M. for the 2016 Emmy nominations? Either way, the big announcement is finally here, as presented by black-ish star Anthony Anderson and Gilmore Girls returnee Lauren Graham, so let’s find out what we're all angry about/celebrating this year at the Emmys!
Better Call Saul
That time of year is upon us again, as this coming Thursday, July 14 sees the announcement of the 2016 Emmy Awards nominations, in a field that seems tougher by each year. Favorites like Game of Thrones hit new levels of spectacle this year, while newcomers like UnREAL and Mr. Robot could split the nominations wide open.
As well as Better Call Saul stands on its own from Breaking Bad, the fan in all of us can’t help picturing Bryan Cranston popping up as a pre-lung cancer Walter White. Cranston himself is no stranger to the possibility, but might instead return behind the camera, if not for one very specific hangup about the series.
Where once it surprised that Bob Odenkirk would return to AMC in spinning off Better Call Saul from Breaking Bad, the once and future Saul Goodman is firmly sticking with the network. Odenkirk will lead a new AMC miniseries based on New York Times journalist David Carr’s memoir The Night of the Gun, as written by The Shield alum Shawn Ryan.
Shortly after Better Call Saul drew its second season to a close by Monday’s “Klick” finale, creator Vince Gilligan revealed both a Breaking Bad cameo destined for Season 3, and one that very nearly took place in the season finale itself. Now, said Bad alum explains their involvement in the scrapped appearance, as well as the potential to return next season.
This week’s Better Call Saul Season 2 finale seemed overwhelmingly to point toward the return of a Breaking Bad guy favorite, something creator Vince Gilligan acknowledged fans had deduced for themselves. That said, it seems another member of Walter White’s world nearly made the cut into Better Call Saul Season 2, until Gilligan decided it would pull focus.
The age of crowd-sourcing TV mysteries has put some fans further ahead of the curve than most showrunners would like, something Better Call Saul bosses Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould apparently learned the hard way. A Season 2 finale easter egg has seemingly been confirmed, but will it lead to the full-on return of Gus Fring in Better Call Saul Season 3?
AMC’s Better Call Saul has seen a number of connections with its Breaking Bad roots in Season 2, with fans uncovering some compelling evidence one of the biggest “Bad”s of them all will return for Monday’s finale. Yes, the Chicken Man may return, but don’t get your hopes up for the finale just yet.
Lest you think AMC had in mind to abandon the journey from Better Call Saul to Breaking Bad midway through Jimmy McGill’s transformation, there’s no need to call a new lawyer just yet. Bob Odenkirk will continue breaking bad through a third season of Better Call Saul, creative team and all.
Better Call Saul stands on its own from Breaking Bad, even if Bob Odenkirk himself gets tired of the comparison, though a few familiar faces never hurt here and there. The latest popped up in Monday’s “Rebecca,” as Mark Margolis dropped by to reprise his role as Hector “Tio” Salamanca, and not as we’d ever seen him. Check out the scene for yourself.