That’s right, despite the fact that the first season of Better Call Saul won’t begin airing until early 2015, AMC has already renewed the highly anticipated Breaking Bad prequel for a second season.

The first batch of episodes will run for ten weeks, while the second (which follow in early 2016) are set to go on for 13. That means that Better Call Saul has been confirmed for a 23 episode run before the premiere has even aired. Of course, it’s really not all that surprising given the success of Breaking Bad!

Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan is directing the pilot, and will co-showrun the series alongside Peter Gould, who created the character of Saul, the shady lawyer who helped Walter White and Jesse Pinkman launder their money and navigate the world of selling crystal meth.

As well as this news about a second season, AMC also released the first on-set photo, featuring Gilligan, Gould and star Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. You can see that below.

Better Call Saul

The series was originally scheduled for a November launch later this year, and AMC president Charlie Collier had this to say about the reason for the change in premiere date.

“Production on Better Call Saul is underway and we could not be more proud of nor more excited about the work to date. When introducing any series, especially one with the DNA of Breaking Bad, there are countless factors to consider in making sure the show gets the launch it deserves. We have a strong history with Vince, Peter, Bob, the studio… and all share a focus on making it a true television event. No half measures.”

It’s believed that Better Call Saul is a prequel, while Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are both rumoured to reprise their roles at some point. Are you guys looking forward to the series?