The sixth season of Better Call Saul is set to be the last – and production on the final season of the Breaking Bad prequel has now begun, according to Netflix.
No release date is yet set for the show’s’s return although it has, much like many other shows and movies, been delayed due to the pandemic and filming was only able to kick off relatively recently.
Across five seasons the series has become an essential part of the Breaking Bad story, with more and more characters from Vince Gilligan’s hit drama appearing as the show has progressed, and the final season should take us right up to the beginning of Breaking Bad – so might appearance from Walter White himself be on the cards?
After a tense climax to season five, the final run looks set to be another unmissable piece of drama – and indeed star Bob Odenkirk has already teased that there will be “fireworks” in the final run.
RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about Better Call Saul season six while we continue the long wait until it reaches our screens.
Better Call Saul season 6 release date
Better Call Saul season six was originally expected to launch at the start of 2021, but the series suffered major production delays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Production finally got underway in March 2021, but Netflix revealed that there was no information in the way of a released date as yet – we’ll keep you updated as and when that changes although you will be likely disappointed if you expect to see the final batch of episodes this side of 2022.
NEWS FROM ABQ: Production has begun on the sixth and ~final~ season of Better Call Saul. pic.twitter.com/377eGsyFuA— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) March 11, 2021
Better Call Saul season 6 trailer
Unfortunately, there’s no sign of a teaser yet, and there won’t be for a while! The first trailer for season five didn’t emerge until a few weeks prior to the premiere’s airdate so we are likely looking at the end of 2021 at the earliest before we see the next one.
Better Call Saul season 6 cancelled: Is the show ending?
More bad news… yes, season six 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 six 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.
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?
As mentioned, season six 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 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 season 6 cast: Who’s returning?
Bob Odenkirk will return as Jimmy ‘Saul Goodman’ McGill, with Jonathan Banks as criminal handyman Mike Ehrmantraut. 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 along with several other familiar faces.
Will Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston appear in Better Call Saul season 6?
It remains to be seen whether Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston will reprise the roles of Jesse or Walt in season six.
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 is a cherry that we can imagine all involved would want to see placed there.
Better Call Saul is available on Netflix in the UK and AMC in the US.