Before Better Call Saul’s Emmy Snub, Breaking Bad Had the Most Surprising Loss to True Detective for One of its Best Ever Episodes

Like Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad was also repeatedly snubbed at the Emmy Awards.

Before Better Call Saul’s Emmy Snub, Breaking Bad Had the Most Surprising Loss to True Detective for One of its Best Ever Episodes


  • Breaking Bad's 'Felina' lost to True Detective for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
  • Better Call Saul earned 53 nominations at the Emmy Awards yet it did not take home any wins.
  • Vince Gilligan is ready to leave the Breaking Bad franchise and move on to new projects.
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Vince Gilligan’s Better Call Saul is now hailed as the most snubbed show at the Emmy Awards after it earned 53 nominations and zero wins. It was recently nominated for five categories, yet it came home empty-handed. As one of the greatest television shows, many fans were left baffled and extremely enraged.

Bob Odenkirk Better Call Saul
Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

This is not a new trend in the franchise, though, because even before Better Call Saul’s losing streak at the Emmys, Breaking Bad was also snubbed for a number of categories, including one of its best-ever episodes.

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Breaking Bad’s Highly-Acclaimed Episode Shockingly Lost To True Detective

In 2014, Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for ‘Felina’. The episode received a 9.9/10 rating on IMDb, and yet, it lost to Cary Fukunaga’s True Detective.

Even the director could not believe he won an Emmy for his work on the first season of the HBO show. Upon accepting his award, he admitted not bothering to prepare a speech and instead only had a list of names. He said after the event via Uproxx:

I can’t really imagine a better first foray into television. What more could you ask for? Maybe wins. Wins is the next thing you ask for. But, you know…

Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad

Fans were very upset about the result of the recent Emmys, particularly the loss of the Breaking Bad spinoff. Still, actress Rhea Seehorn teased that she and Gilligan are prepping for a new project which fans should look forward to. Who knows, this might be their chance to finally grab that Emmy win. She told THR:


We’re never allowed to say anything! He’s already released that it has a sci-fi element; more psychological than full space. And he wrote it for me — which is hard to say without crying. And we will shoot in Albuquerque, with a lot of the same crew.”

Seehorn noted that the director loves to work with the same set of people, but before fans assume that it might have something to do with Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul, the actress already warned that it’s a completely new project.

Apart from sharing the location, she also revealed that it’s a role she has never played before. The Emmy Awards night gave a bittersweet note to the end of an epic saga that spun for six seasons.

ALSO READ: “It’s ridiculous I’m standing here without you”: Better Call Saul Star Bob Odenkirk Makes Co-Star Rhea Seehorn Cry, Claims it’s Unfair to Win Without Her


What’s Next After Better Call Saul?

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Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

Vince Gilligan seems ready to leave the Breaking Bad franchise even after he told Rolling Stone that he would definitely like to revisit it sometime. For the director, it has reached its conclusion, and with the number of spinoffs it already has, perhaps it is now time to close the curtain.

I look around at some of the worlds, the universes, the stories that I love, whether they’re on TV or in the movies, and I think there’s a certain point, and it’s hard to define, where you’ve done too much in the same universe. Just leave it alone.”

As avid fans, it is truly difficult to face the reality that one of the best television shows in history has been snubbed repeatedly at the Emmys while knowing too darn well that it deserved so much better.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about the latest movies and series. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.