It can’t be denied that Breaking Bad has been dubbed as one of the best series of all time, but there are claims Better Call Saul has now outmatched its parent show. So, what can Bob Odenkirk say about it?
Fans meet Saul Goodman (Odenkirk) in Breaking Bad. After the show ended in 2013, Odenkirk returned to reprise his role as the famous criminal lawyer in its spinoff series, Better Call Saul, in 2015. Now that the series is on its sixth and final season, some claim Better Call Saul is now better than Breaking Bad.
Comparing Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad
In an interview with The New York Times, the 59-year-old star weighed in on the heated debate about the two shows.
However, the actor seemed to be careful not to pit the series against each other and showed the difference between them instead.
"I think Breaking Bad is a more universal kind of story. It’s a midlife crisis and the dangers are more striking — there’s more guns flying around and the main character is interacting with drug dealers almost immediately,” he said about Breaking Bad.
In Better Call Saul’s case, he added,
“That’s just not the case in our show. Our show is more internal. It’s an odder journey. It includes a lot of the ins-and-outs of being a lawyer. It’s just going to be less relatable because of the subject matter. But, in a beautiful stroke of hard work and genius, the writers have figured out ways to get people to understand some of the tensions and pressures these characters face and relate that to their own personal journeys.”
Better Call Saul Won’t Exist Without Breaking Bad
Odenkirk understands that Better Call Saul won’t exist without Breaking Bad. Thankfully, the genius creator Vince Gilligan and the show’s writing crew managed to create a fandom that would continuously watch and support the two shows.
“The beautiful thing is that Vince Gilligan and the writing crew from Breaking Bad showed an audience the value of watching something closely,” he explained. “And then they took that audience and they took that investment and they said, 'Now we’re going to make a show that you have to watch very closely.' You couldn’t do that if you didn’t first make Breaking Bad. A show like ours wouldn’t have been able to exist."
Bob Odenkirk Not Choosing Between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
Evidently, Odenkirk didn’t choose between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul on which is better.
Screen Rant noted he just showed that the two series had their own merits.
Breaking Bad seems easier to understand, while Better Call Saul digs deeper into the criminal world introduced in the former, giving fans more insight about the start of the drug cartel.
Better Call Saul is now on its final season with only five episodes left to release.
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