Bob Odenkirk’s Better Call Saul stint has been snubbed at the Emmy Awards 2020, and this may well be the reason why the actor is not so happy. Read on.
Better Call Saul has been calling the shots ever since Breaking Bad bid adieu to fans. The prequel, which follows the journey of Saul Goodman from the original show, has since then received numerous awards and critical appreciation. The show has now completed five seasons and is prepping for the sixth.
- Bob Odenkirk is not happy
- The nominations have snubbed Bob’s Better Call Saul performance
- Will this bring about any change in the show’s next season?
However, the recent Emmy snub has put a dampener, even in the event of such enthusiasm. The crime drama series hardly received any nomination, and the performances of the lead stars Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn were clearly ignored.
Is this the reason for Bob Odenkirk’s unhappiness? Well, it should be. One doesn’t work so hard only to be ignored by the end of it.
The Better Call Saul journey
Fans were collectively distraught when Breaking Bad ended after a five-year journey. The series grabbed multiple awards, including 16 Primetime Emmys, two Golden Globes, and many more. Saul Goodman’s journey was a major part of the series and the character garnered much love and appreciation, so much so that the makers thought it wise to plan a whole spinoff on his transition from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman. And thus, Better Call Saul came into being.
For Bob Odenkirk, who has been reprising his role for nearly a decade now, this was a journey of a lifetime. The man aced the character like no other and owned the character’s skin and transition from a lawyer to a scam artist, who goes on to represent criminals as he gets embroiled deeper and darker into their worlds.
One should think that this plot and performance should be enough to gain an Emmy nomination. Apparently not. Do we really blame the man for being angry about it?
The ‘Gould’en opportunity missed
Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman’s journey has literally come a full circle ever since we started watching him in the show. While we were already aware of the man’s tactics from his Breaking Bad days, witnessing his journey was a thrill in itself, and the credit goes to writers Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan, along with a stupendous performance by Bob himself.
This also includes a plethora of characters who complemented Bob’s character, the most notable one being Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler, who was originally introduced as a love interest but went on to become much more crucial to the plotline with her complications. In fact, many were almost confident that the lady would not only get a nomination at this year’s Emmy, but go on to win one. Alas, that did not happen.
Peter Gould too expressed his disappointment at the same. If popular reports are to be believed, the writer-creator of the show was positively distraught after the nominations were announced.
What next for Saul and Kim?
Covid-19 has already put a stopper on many productions. Many release plans were foiled, many season finales delayed or changed, and many shootings were halted due to the pandemic. Better Call Saul too will be facing the music. Although, normal activities are resuming slowly, the makers and actors are mostly rethinking their character and plot strategies after the recent Emmy snub.
Further, they are also taking it easy. Taking all of this into consideration, Better Call Saul may really not start production in 2020. The same was revealed by Gould wherein he said that while they were trying their every bit to resume safe shooting, it will be delayed.
Season 5 left us on a cliffhanger for both Saul and Kim. It remains to be seen how the makers shape these characters for the next season. Emmy or not, they have surely given one of the best performances on television, and it would be interesting to see where their character arcs go.