In an episode of Breaking Bad, which by the way cleaned up at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards earlier tonight in its swan song appearance, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) recounts a moment in his past when he successfully pulled off convincing a woman he was Kevin Costner. He didn’t accomplish this unlikely feat because he looks or sounds anything like Mr. Costner. Saul’s reasoning is it worked because he truly believed he was Kevin Costner, and thus the poor woman picked up on his vibe.
This scene tells us that not only is Saul’s back story incredibly intriguing, but he has experience in roleplaying to suit a purpose. It’s no mystery that Saul Goodman will return in Better Call Saul in February 2015, but is Saul Goodman really his name? The answer is absolutely not.
AMC has released a new Better Call Saul teaser where creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould reveal that before Saul was Saul he was known as Jimmy McGill. Whether that was his real name or not remains to be seen, but the larger question on the plate is what happened to force Jimmy to change his name to Saul Goodman? We will most certainly find out.
Better Call Saul is set roughly five years prior to the events of the first season of Breaking Bad. Odenkirk returns as Goodman, while Jonathan Banks reprises the role of hit man Mike Ehrmantraut, also as a series regular.