Guillermo del Toro Reveals Why He Thinks ‘Better Call Saul’ Is Better Than ‘Breaking Bad’

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Better Call Saul is one of the few spinoffs that rivals the original, which is particularly impressive seeing as Breaking Bad sits firmly on my Mount Rushmore of Favorite Shows of All-Time. BCS’s 10-episode fourth season is nearing its close and although it doesn’t provide the high-stakes violence and consistent life-or-death decision making, there’s beauty in the slow burn. Co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould succeed in painting the picture of how well-to-do Jimmy McGill transforms into amoral lawyer who rose to prominence in Breaking Bad.

Admittedly, I was underwhelmed by the first few episodes because I was thirsty to see a bad guy get dissolved in acid or Gus Fring go full savage. Only until I detached myself from my preconceived notions of the show was when I could truly enjoy it.

Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro is a huge fan of Better Call Saul, so much so that he admits to preferring it over the 16-time Emmy-winning Breaking Bad. The Hellboy director took to Twitter to describe what makes the show so special, and I will now refer to del Toro’s tweet thread when my friends asks me to explain my obsession with the show.

Bob Odenkirk’s performance in season four is wildly impressive. His performance in the first three seasons has already earned him three Emmy nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nods, and three Golden Globe nominations. If he doesn’t win all the awards for this upcoming season, I’m picketing the Golden Globes.

[h/t Indie Wire]

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.