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Better Call Saul season 6: UK release date, cast, plot and latest news

Slippin' Jimmy is about to slip one last time...

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Published: Monday, 11th April 2022 at 2:54 pm

Almost two years since the climactic season 5 finale, the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul is almost upon us, completing Jimmy McGill's (Bob Odenkirk) journey into Saul Goodman.

The question of whether Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul would appear in Better Caul Saul has loomed over the show ever since season 1 landed in 2015, with co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould remaining coy about the possibility of that crossover.

But now co-creator Gould has officially confirmed that Cranston and Paul will guest star in the Breaking Bad spinoff as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, respectively.

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Not only that, but we also have a first look at the duo back in their roles from the official Better Call Saul Twitter account.

Gould announced the news at PaleyFest on a Better Call Saul panel (via Variety).

“I don’t want to spoil things for the audience, but I will say the first question we had when we started the show was, ‘Are we gonna see Walt and Jesse on the show?’ Instead of evading, I’ll just say yeah,” Gould said on the panel.

“How or the circumstances or anything, you’ll just have to discover that for yourself, but I have to say that’s one of many things that I think you’ll discover this season.

“If you can believe it, there’s more,” star Bob Odenkirk teased, before Gould cut him off.

Gould previously teased a “surprising” and “heartbreaking” season.

"In my eyes, this is our most ambitious, surprising and, yes, heartbreaking season," he said in a statement.

"Even under incredibly challenging circumstances, the whole Saul team – writers, cast, producers, directors and crew – have outdone themselves. I couldn't be more excited to share what we've accomplished together," he continued.

RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about Better Call Saul season 6.

Better Call Saul season 6 UK release date

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Better Call Saul season 6 will premiere in the UK on 19th April 2022.

Netflix confirmed on Twitter: "The 13 episode season will be split into two parts. Eps 1+2 will arrive on 19 April, with the next 5 episodes airing weekly.

"After a break, the final run of 6 episodes will begin on 12 July."

Bob Odenkirk shared the news and tweeted: "Here it comes! Best season of all! A whopper. Can’t wait to share with you".

So, we have a way to go yet until the final episode but prepare yourself for the end of Better Call Saul!

Better Call Saul season 6 cast: Who's returning?

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Gus and Mike in Better Call Saul Courtesy of Netflix

Bob Odenkirk will return as Jimmy ‘Saul Goodman’ McGill, with Jonathan Banks as criminal handyman Mike Ehrmantraut.

What's more, Rhea Seehorn is set to return as ambitious lawyer Kim Wexler while Breaking Bad super-villain Gus Fring will be played once again by Giancarlo Esposito.

Michael Mando (Nacho Varga), Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin) and Mark Margolis (Hector Salamanca) are also expected to feature in the Better Call Saul cast along with several other familiar faces.

Will Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul appear in Better Call Saul season 6?

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Yes, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will reprise their roles of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, respectively, in Better Call Saul season 6.

Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould confirmed the news at PaleyFest LA on a Better Call Saul panel (via Variety).

“I don’t want to spoil things for the audience, but I will say the first question we had when we started the show was, ‘Are we gonna see Walt and Jesse on the show?’ Instead of evading, I’ll just say yeah,” Gould said on the panel.

“How or the circumstances or anything, you’ll just have to discover that for yourself, but I have to say that’s one of many things that I think you’ll discover this season.”

While their appearances aren't absolutely necessary for the story, a brief cameo by either would be the cherry on top of an already sensational cake – and it's a cherry we're very much looking forward to seeing placed there.

Better Call Saul season 6 trailer

AMC's first full-length trailer gave fans a first look at lawyer Jimmy McGill’s transformation into full-blown con man.

And it looks like we should expect the unexpected, if the new trailer is anything to go by, especially since it ends with Mike Ehrmantraut ominously saying: “Whatever happens next, it’s not gonna go down the way you think it is.” Watch below:

Better Call Season 6 has also released some short teasers. The first features some intimidating walking, while the second confirmed the April release date.

Will Saul come out the other side of the season in a better place? It remains to be seen.

An additional full trailer for season 6 was released on 6th April 2022. Here is the latest footage.

Better Call Saul season 6 cancelled: Is the show ending?

Rhea Seehorn in Better Call Saul
Rhea Seehorn in Better Call Saul Courtesy of Netflix

More bad news... yes, season 6 spells the end for Better Call Saul. The show may have taken a little while to heat up – as with Breaking Bad – but it has rapidly grown into a prequel series more than worthy of a place in Gilligan's universe.

Season 6 is likely to stitch itself to the beginning of Breaking Bad and potentially show us more of Saul (now in hiding as "Gene") following the events of the original series. We have previously only seen Jimmy as Gene in the odd black and white scene here and there.

But the end of Better Call Saul may not be the last time we see Jimmy as it has been revealed via Variety that an animated prequel to this prequel is in the works at AMC and it has been given the appropriate name of Slippin’ Jimmy.

The show will apparently explore Jimmy's life prior to the events of his own show while young Jimmy and Chuck McGill were in Cicero, Illinois. It is unknown whether the original actors will return to play the characters in this new version and that, we imagine, will depend on how far back this is set.

What happened in Better Call Saul season 5?

Jimmy McGill is Saul Goodman.

He introduced himself to the locals, his clients-to-be, by distributing pre-paid burner phones for free, all with his number on speed dial. This leads to a surge in cases for Saul, he is a rampant success in the courthouse, all the while Kim is forced to watch on with mixed emotions.

She is torn between top client Mesa Verde and an elderly resident who refuses to move from his long-term home on their land. Kim works covertly to aid Mr Acker’s cause and ropes Jimmy into a plan to cross Mesa Verde. Jimmy goes full-Saul and blindsides Kim, embarrassing her in front of the Mesa Verde top brass.

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We saw huge conflict between Jimmy and Kim, leading to a make or break moment that surprising fell in favour of the couple growing inexplicably closer… they got married, though the arrangement is to absolve Kim of having to testify against her husband if his shady dealings are brought to light.

Meanwhile, the Gus Fring versus Salamanca family war escalates to deadly levels, with Nacho earning the trust of Lalo Salamanca at the order of Gus – positioning himself right in the crossfire, a spy.

Lalo has been digging (not quite literally…) for the truth behind Gus’ dealings, though his underground superlab is yet to be completed or detected.

Mike officially became Gus’ right-hand man as tensions continue to spiral out of control, while Lalo was jailed for his involvement in dealings from season 4.

It wasn't a long spell in a cell for the Salamanca, after being bailed out by Jimmy following a torturous, near-death journey through the wilderness with Mike saving his skin.

The season wrapped with Lalo escaping a botched assassination attempt by Gus' 'best men' at his home in Mexico, and now he's ready to rampage after deducing Nacho had a hand in assisting the armed raiders.

The action remained largely in Mexico throughout the finale, but arguably the most disturbing aspect of the episode saw Kim go 'full Jimmy'. She is breaking bad, her inner dark side is bubbling over, Saul is rubbing off on her.

Kim brainstorms a plot to down former colleague Howard Hamlin for her and Jimmy's gain – with the idea of setting up a fresh firm aimed at serving the poorest in society. She's aiming for the Robin Hood mentality, essentially stealing from the rich give to the poor, but Kim has firmly planted herself in the grey area... The question over Kim's future has shifted somewhat from 'where is Kim after Better Call Saul?' to 'who does Kim become in Better Call Saul?'.

What will happen in Better Call Saul season 6?

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As mentioned, season 6 is the link between Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. It is the missing puzzle piece that must be slotted into place, and that gives us clues as to where each character will end up.

Lalo Salamanca and Nacho are nowhere to be seen in Breaking Bad, and ominously, Kim Wexler falls into the same boat. The fate of these characters are likely to be explored, while we can expect to witness Saul taking up residence in his BB office, Gus and the Salamancas' war is likely to burst into life again, and the construction of the superlab is likely to be completed.

In February 2022, Bob Odenkirk was noted by The New York Times magazine to have said of the final episode: "I think I like it, but I was pretty wiped out when I read it in the middle of the night. I think it’s a challenging way to go, to finish the series. It’s not flashy. It’s substantial, and on some level it’s things I hoped for, for years, in this character’s brain. On the other hand, yeah, I have to read it again. But what I like about it is, it’s not cheap. It’s not easy. It doesn’t feel cartoonish. It’s pretty great, I think. It’s pretty great.”

He added that he wanted to focus on character development rather than gunfights, although they do feature in the season which Odenkirk teased saw Saul doing very crimes.

Back in February 2021, Bob Odenkirk dropped a few hints about what to expect in the final run, telling, “I can’t wait for the fireworks, really," he told Deadline. "Our show is a bit of a slow burn over the past few years, and [creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould] build up. There are certainly exciting moments throughout, but towards the end, it gets super supremely intense."

Earlier, co-creator Peter Gould had revealed that fans won't look at Breaking Bad in the same way after the final season of Better Call Saul airs. He told The Hollywood Reporter, "I think by the time you finish watching Better Call Saul, you’re going to see Breaking Bad in a very different light.

"I think we’re going to learn things about the characters in Breaking Bad that we didn’t know. We’re going to learn things about the events of Breaking Bad that we didn’t know. We’re going to learn things about the fates of a lot of these characters that may surprise people or certainly throw them into a different light."

Better Call Saul is available on Netflix in the UK and AMC in the US.

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