AMC has renewed Better Call Saul for a sixth and final season.
The Breaking Bad prequel follows Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill as he transforms into the shady lawyer Saul Goodman fans were introduced to in Breaking Bad.
Showrunner Peter Gould (via LRMonline) spoke to the press at the Television Critics Association, and revealed the news:
“From Day 1 of Better Call Saul, my dream was to tell the complete story of our complicated and compromised hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are making that dream come true. We couldn’t be more grateful to the fans and critics who are making this journey possible. Next month we start work on the sixth and final season — we’re going to do our damnedest to stick the landing.”
The final season will run for 13 episodes which will take the series to 63 episodes total. That number is one more than Breaking Bad reached in its five seasons.
In addition to the renewal, AMC Networks‘ Twitter account revealed that Breaking Bad actors Dean Norris, Steven Quezada, and Robert Forster will return as Hank Schrader, Steven Gomez, and Ed Galbraith for the fifth season.
.@BetterCallSaul Season 5 is about to welcome some friendly faces. @DeanJNorris and @StevenMQuezada will be reprising their @BreakingBad characters, DEA Agents Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez. #TCA20 pic.twitter.com/AIRTIrXDaJ
— AMC Networks (@AMC_TV) January 17, 2020
The trio weren’t glimpsed in the short season 5 teaser released at the start of the month, but series creator Vince Gilligan isn’t known for cheap fan service. If Hank and Gomez are coming back for season 5, there’s a great chance they will have a juicy arc. As the show continues to creep closer to the Breaking Bad timeline it’s about time these DEA favorites were introduced.
Better Call Saul season 5 premieres February 23, 2020 on AMC.
What are your thoughts on the return of more Breaking Bad characters? What do you think will happen to the characters that were introduced in Better Call Saul but are never mentioned in Breaking Bad?