Mike Ehrmantraut

Created by Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan

"Shut the fuck up, and let me die in peace."

--Mike to Walter White, in final season of Breaking Bad

Like The Good Wife , the upcoming spinoff from AMC's acclaimed Breaking Bad (2008-13) Better Call Saul, which revolves around former con man turned struggling Albuquerque, New Mexico lawyer Saul Goodman (née Jimmy McGill), is NOT a private eye show.

And yet, one of the major characters in it IS a private eye. Or at least will be.

Of course, fans of Breaking Bad all know what eventually happened to private eye MIKE EHRMANTRAUT in the show's final season. But that shouldn't be a problem -- this new show is a prequel.

So we get to see Mike, the disgraced former Philadelphia cop, meet cute with shyster Saul (Mike's working as a lot attendant at the Albuquerque court house, and Saul has a chronic parking sticker problem), and his metamorphisis into the coldly efficient fixer we all know and love. Only this time his cases don't revolve around chemistry teacher turned meth-dealing crime lord Walter White.

Even better, though, is that in the March 9, 2015 episode, "Five-O," we finally learn exactly what caused Mike to be kicked off the Philly police force (Previously, all we knew for sure was that it was something about him going rogue and meting out justice on his own). We also finally learn why his new motto is: "No half measures."

The result is that Mike will pretty much do whatever it takes -- up to and including murder -- to obtain his objective. He's cold, ruthless and as grim and relentless as a shark, and yet he won't kill innocent bystanders, and he has a soft spot for young people and children -- notably his granddaughter. The result is an oddly appealing character who seems to have an unshakeable, bedrock core of decency and honour that he nonetheless doesn't let get in the way of his work. Yeah, he may kill you if you get in his way, but he'd feel real bad about it. Maybe...

What we'll get to see, eventually, is Mike working cases for Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), the hero of the show who's on his way to becoming Saul Goodman, possilbly the sleaziest attorney ever to appear regularly on American television. Jimmy's so pushy and obnoxious, it's almost endearing. What Mike will end up doing for the soon-to-be bottomfeeding shyster remains to be seen, but the show's producers claim it will be more of a comedy than a drama.

TELEVISION

  • BETTER CALL SAUL
    (2015, AMC)
    23 60-minute episodes
    Created by Peter Gould
    Writers: Thomas Schnauz, Gennifer Hutchison, Bradley Paul, Gordon Smith.
    Directors: Vince Gilligan
    Starring Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill
    and Jonathan Banks as MIKE EHRMANTRAUT
    Also starring Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando

  • Season One
  • "Uno" (February 8, 2015)
  • "Mijo" (February 9, 2015)
  • "Nacho" (February 16, 2015)
  • "Hero" (February 23, 2015)
  • "Alpine Shepherd Boy" (March 2, 2015)
  • "Five-O" (March 9, 2015)
  • "Bingo" (March 16, 2015)
  • "Rico" (March 23, 2015)
  • "Pimento" (March 30, 2015)
  • "Marco" (April 6, 2015)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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