Producer Peter Gould says that Better Call Saul season 6 will change the way fans see Breaking Bad, as this prequel is the climax of everything.
Better Call Saul season 6 will change the way you look at Breaking Bad by the time the whole series is done. Bob Odenkirk stars as Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, on the show, who was originally featured in creator Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad as a conniving lawyer who gets embroiled in the schemes of drug dealer Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and his associate Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Created by Gilligan and Peter Gould, Better Call Saul operates as a prequel to the show, while also featuring flash-forwards that cover the time period after Breaking Bad as well.
Breaking Bad focused mainly on Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, but Saul featured heavily throughout as well, becoming one of the more notable characters throughout the 5-season series. Better Call Saul isn’t the only Breaking Bad spinoff, as Paul’s Pinkman got a follow-up movie, El Camino, which debuted on Netflix in 2019, tracking his character’s journey after the events of Breaking Bad. It was recently announced that both Paul and Cranston will make an appearance in Better Call Saul season 6 in some capacity, which will surely give more perspective on Saul’s viewpoint from that time period.
In an interview with EW, Gould speaks about what to expect from the upcoming Better Call Saul season 6, which serves as the series’ last, saying that it will have fans looking at Breaking Bad in a different light when it’s all over. Gould says that the finale will serve as the climax to all of the Breaking Bad projects “for the moment,” which presumably means that things could potentially continue beyond the events of Better Call Saul. “We’re pulling a lot of threads together — sometimes they’re threads, sometimes they’re ropes,” says Gould, discussing how Better Call Saul weaves into Breaking Bad and El Camino while still remaining in Jimmy’s world. Here’s Gould’s quote:
This is the climax — at least for the moment — of all those episodes, 62 episodes of Breaking Bad. We have El Camino. This pulls a lot of the elements from all three projects together and weaves them, but always in the context of the story of Jimmy McGill, Kim Wexler, Mike Ehrmantrout (Jonathan Banks). I don’t think you’re going to look at Breaking Bad the same way again after you’ve seen this whole season.
There’s been no word on how the Breaking Bad universe could continue beyond Better Call Saul, but currently Gilligan is working on something “really different” from the property, so it may be a while before anything comes to fruition. Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on the set of Better Call Saul season 6 last summer, but made a full recovery and returned to finish the series out. The actor is also moving on from the Breaking Bad world and is set to star in a new drama show for AMC called Straight Man and has expressed interest in doing a sequel to his sleeper action hit Nobody.
Better Call Saul has done a great job of weaving in characters and events from Breaking Bad throughout its entire run while still maintaining and building its own identity around Jimmy/Saul and the new players featured throughout the series. Odenkirk has managed to add a whole new layer to his character as well, who was initially more cartoonish in Breaking Bad until later seasons, where the deeper aspects of his personality and traits were revealed. It will be interesting to see what Better Call Saul season 6 does to enhance and alter the events of Breaking Bad (and El Camino), which will no doubt make the legacy of the Breaking Bad universe that much more compelling.
Better Call Saul season 6 airs Mondays on AMC.
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