Better Call Saul Starring Michael Mando Debuts Sunday

Series is a prequel to the hit show "Breaking Bad."

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

The new series “Better Call Saul,” premiering on AMC, stars “Orphan Black” alum Michael Mando – it begins this Sunday and Monday in a two-night debut event. The show is being called a prequel to the popular series “Breaking Bad.”

It is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and often against, Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), a beloved character introduced in “Breaking Bad.” The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer.”

Mando, a Francophone originally from Quebec City, has traveled and lived in a lot of places in his life, and he told The Canadian Press, “I think if anything, what it does is that it really opens your mind to all the different cultures. It permits you to embrace people a lot easier, to be more open minded to people’s differences and to really see the world as one. I think that’s something I’m very grateful for.”

The series also stars Michael McKean as Chuck McGill, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin, and Mando as Nacho Varga – characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law. 

“Better Call Saul” starts on Sunday night at 10pm on AMC.

Photo: Ben Leuner/AMC