Saul Goodman Has a Rival: Michael McKean Cast in AMC's 'Better Call Saul'

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Saul Goodman had it pretty tough in Breaking Bad. As any screenwriter will tell you, conflict is the crux of any narrative. Saul’s came in the form of Walter White and any trouble that came his way - often that trouble was brought on himself. Basically, Goodman was getting it from all angles.

Bob OdenkirkOdenkirk took a great character and made him brilliant

But there is no Walter White in “Better Call Saul”, AMC’s spin-off of the hugely popular drama, at least not in the same capacity. So Saul’s conflicts – the constant battles that drive the narrative forward in view of some kind of resolution – will have to come from somewhere else, kicking off with Michael McKean, who will play Dr. Thurber, a “brilliant attorney who is now restricted by an unusual affliction,” according to Deadline.

Now, Bob Odenkirk’s indefatigable criminal spirit will be tested against another wily lawyer. McKean, who is as adept as anyone with dark, comic acting – just watch him in Curb Your Enthusiasm or This is Spinal Tap – is an encouraging casting choice for a spin-off that has inherent risks; Breaking Bad became what Game of Thrones is to the internet now – a phenomenon. And fans are mighty protective over their beloved lore. AMC will be preying they don’t screw up their burgeoning legacy.

More: Saul Goodman's best Breaking Bad moments - the stuff that lead to a spin-off

Sad news though: Dean Norris has put an end to speculation that Hank Schrader might return for a cameo, or role of any sort. He’s "not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it’s going to be awesome. So I can’t wait to see it." We expect to see Better Call Saul on AMC in November, while The U.K will have to wait until Netflix get their mitts on it.


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