Giancarlo Esposito will delve further into the Breaking Bad universe for an upcoming AMC web series, appropriately called The Broken and the Bad. Fans of the franchise will know Esposito plays Los Pollos Hermanos owner and drug lord Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad and its spin-off series Better Call Saul. Now, he'll be serving as the host of the new docuseries, which is "inspired by the most memorable characters, situations and themes of the Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad universe and focuses on the real-world stories that mirror the fictional worlds of both shows."
The concept behind The Broken and the Bad is to tie some of the most memorable moments from both shows to similar real-life stories. With Esposito leading the way, the docuseries will explore the "psychology of con artists and hit men, and the economics of massive drug operations, among other stories." In other words, it will ask if anything like the insanity we've seen on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul has actually happened in real life. It sounds like it will also delve into how people like Saul Goodman can con their way into anything and if there are real hitmen out there reminiscent of Mike Ehrmantraut.
One episode in particular is set to focus on "one town in America where those with electromagnetic hypersensitivity can live in peace." That's a reference to Michael McKean's character on Better Call Saul, Chuck McGill -- the older brother to Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman. Insisting he suffers from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, Chuck stays housebound with no electricity in his home whatsoever. If only the attorney knew there was an entire town that he could go to and fit right in.
Giancarlo Esposito can also be seen in the role of Gus Fring once more when the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul comes to AMC in 2021. Set before the events of Breaking Bad, the spin-off has featured Esposito prominently over the past few seasons, making him an even bigger character for the prequel than he was on the original series. Hopefully, the show's upcoming final season will finally get Esposito the Emmy Award that he truly deserves for playing the iconic character. Previously, he had been nominated in 2012 for Breaking Bad and again in 2019 for Better Call Saul, and he's overdue to pick up the win.
The Broken and the Bad is set to premiere the digital docuseries on July 9. Ahead of the premiere, AMC will also air a day-long marathon of the fifth season of Better Call Saul, beginning that same day at 9 a.m. ET and ending at 9:30 p.m. ET. Stars Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn will be featured in between episodes for special bonus videos. Additionally, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will be celebrated with his movies Godzilla and Wakefield airing back-to-back on AMC on July 6, starting at 5:15 p.m. ET. Cranson will also appear in bonus videos during the double feature's breaks.
This news comes to us from Rolling Stone.