Breaking Bad

Guillermo Del Toro Thinks ‘Better Call Saul’ Is Better Than ‘Breaking Bad’

Better Call Saul is nearing the end of its fourth season and if you’re not watching the AMC series, you should be. The Breaking Bad prequel is not only much, much better than it has any right to be, but has generated serious debate over whether it might actually be superior to its parent series. One member of “TeamSaul” is Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, who recently took to Twitter to explain why he enjoys Better Call Saul more than Breaking Bad:

While the comparison ignores many of the other elements that go into making both of these shows some of the best dramatic television of the past decade, del Toro raises a good point about the opposing moral downfalls of Walter White and Jimmy McGill. In Breaking Bad, we’re rooting for Walt to break bad primarily because it’s so satisfying to see him transition from a meek, put-upon genius with a terminal illness to a ruthless drug kingpin. We also didn’t know what Walt’s full arc would look like going in, so there was certainly some mystery at play in terms of how things would play out.

By contrast, we already know that Jimmy is going to become crooked lawyer Saul Goodman but even though we know this, the narrative thrust of Better Call Saul teases us into thinking that maybe he won’t. As del Toro points out, Kim (Rhea Seehorn) is the key, as we want her to save Jimmy but know deep-down that she won’t, which makes their relationship all the more tragic.

Either way you slice it, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are amazing shows and even though I’m still at a point where I couldn’t possibly pick between them, I have to admit del Toro makes a pretty convincing argument for Saul being the superior work.

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