Breaking Bad was quite possibly the greatest TV drama of all time, right up there with The Sopranos and The Wire, at least. So then, it was with great restraint that I started watching its spin-off Better Call Saul. Any doubt I had was quickly eviscerated by the first episode. This is a really good show, even maybe a great one. You can't make comparisons to Breaking Bad though; it'd be like comparing The Godfather to Goodfellas. On its own, Better Call Saul is a significant achievement because of its focus on character and the subtle dilemmas that invade these well thought-out characters' lives. If the other show was showy and epic, this one is restrained and minimalist. It has nothing to do with Breaking Bad, which is another reason why it's so damn good.
Of course Bob Odenkirk owns this show, but if there is a true undervalued MVP in the cast it's Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler. Her film credits are reduced to mostly TV movies, but something tells me we'll be seeing her on the big screen soon. She is phenomenal as Wexler, who is really the heart and soul of the whole show. She encompasses the most pronounced example of a strong female lead on TV and does it with such bravado. The whole show is supposed to be about the boys club, but she reduces their impact and makes you cheer harder for the lone female warrior. There's a great Salon interview with Rhea, which you can find HERE.
Co-creator Peter Gould spoke to Variety about the third season and Gus Fring: “Gus Fring brings a whole world with him,” said Gould. “He makes the story much bigger in a certain way. It’s been fascinating to see Giancarlo (Esposito) recreate Gus. It’s very subtle and what Giancarlo does is brilliant — he’s not exactly who he was on ‘Breaking Bad.’ Close but not exactly.”
Vince Gilligan also had this to say in the same article: “Things get quite a bit darker in season three, more ‘Breaking Bad’-like. We didn’t set out for that to happen, it came to us organically.”