Better Call Saul: top 5 spin-off ideas set in the same world

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Better Call Saul is one of the most popular titles on Netflix, regularly attracting several million viewers – but the show will end for good next month

Better Call Saul has been a beacon for Netflix during tough times, which have seen the platform bleed amid a cost-of-living crisis and growing streaming competition from Paramount+ subscribers.

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Like Stranger Things, Better Call Saul was one of the flagship shows on the platform that helped stem the tide of subscribers moving to new platforms.

And when the Better Call Saul grand finale lands on August 16, millions will see it — but many of those loyal fans may well unsubscribe as Netflix runs out of new Breaking Bad content.

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Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

But the world of “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad” still has ample ground for future spin-offs that could slow subscriber loss if Netflix partnered with AMC to get them off the ground.

These are five spin-off ideas set in the same universe as Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, with a few working titles for your consideration:

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drug investigation

A series about Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez’s work for the Drug Enforcement Agency has what it takes to be a hit.

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Hank and Gomez both joined the DEA in the 1980s and worked together for decades before their untimely deaths in Breaking Bad, meaning a prequel series could take place years before the pair begins their search for Heisenberg.

The series could be a buddy cop show full of ’80s nostalgia, following Hank and Gomez in their early days at the agency, perhaps in a time when Hank still had hair.

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Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez returned in Better Call Saul

Mike EhrmanntrautBeat Cop

Despite appearing in every season of Better Call Saul and all but one season of Breaking Bad, there’s still so much of Mike’s dark past to explore. The question is where to start?

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We know from Better Call Saul that Mike worked as a beat cop for the Philadelphia Police Department for 30 years and was pressured by his peers to take bribes.

A dark series about his life in the police force, portraying him as a tragic anti-hero who wants to do the right thing but is trapped in a corrupt system would be very interesting.

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Other subjects for a Mike Ehmantraut Origin series that would be fruitful are his time as a sniper during the Vietnam War and his time in the Secret Service, which he must have worked for to develop such a vast knowledge of surveillance.

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

The chicken man

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Gustavo Fring was an integral part of both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul — without his ominous presence, both shows would not have hit the right note.

But like Mike, very little is known about Gus’ early life – he may have been born in Chile and claimed to have lived in extreme poverty as a child.

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A new series could explore how Gus came to America and managed to start a chain of chicken restaurants that was both successful in its own right and a front for a sophisticated drug smuggling operation. It would look like the Michael Keaton film The Founder but with more crime.

Gustavo Fring aka The Chicken Man

Kim Wexler: Lawyer

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We already know a lot about Kim since she’s one of the main characters in Better Call Saul – but she’s not even mentioned.

At the time of writing, four episodes of Better Call Saul remain on the air, so Kim’s fate at the end of the show is unknown and a continuing series depends on her character surviving.

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A Kim-centric series could focus on the character during Jimmy McGill’s years at the height of his Saul Goodman fame and examine how she copes without her partner in criminal justice.

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler

The Salamankas

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In the vein of a Gus spin-off, a series that explores the Salamanca cartel and how they came to dominate the drug trade.

The series would focus on the main characters of the Salamanca family – Hector and his cousins ​​Lalo, Tuco, Marco and Leonel.

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Such a show would have room for plenty of gunfights, internal rivalries, and maybe Hank and Gomez cameos as the Salamancas rumble with the DEA.

Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca

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