Ode to Odenkirk: Better Call Saul may be Breaking Bad’s better half

Where so many spin-offs have failed, Better Call Saul has been triumphant. Why? Because of Bob Odenkirk's tragicomic genius.

As Better Call Saul comes to its dramatic conclusion, we ask: why did it succeed when so many other spin-offs have failed? And is the reason Bob Odenkirk?

Better Call Saul did not start out as a sure thing.

Sure, being a spin-off from one of the most acclaimed and popular US drama series of the 21st century definitely didn’t hurt. But more often than not spin-offs fall over and flame out (anyone remember Joey?).

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Anthony Morris is a freelance film and television writer. He’s been a regular contributor to The Big Issue, Empire Magazine, Junkee, Broadsheet, The Wheeler Centre and Forte Magazine, where he’s currently the film editor. Other publications he’s contributed to include Vice, The Vine, Kill Your Darlings (where he was their online film columnist), The Lifted Brow, Urban Walkabout and Spook Magazine. He’s the co-author of hit romantic comedy novel The Hot Guy, and he’s also written some short stories he’d rather you didn’t mention. You can follow him on Twitter @morrbeat and read some of his reviews on the blog It’s Better in the Dark.