– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For several seasons now, the showrunners of Breaking Bad spinoff series Better Call Saul have done an amazing job of taking their time to build up the characters and the circumstances surrounding Saul Goodman. The show has made its name outside of its predecessor as a slower, more meditative one that isn’t afraid to take its time in telling the story.

As we approach the end, however, all that build-up is going to be paying off, and if we’re to believe star Bob Odenkirk’s comments to THR, we’re about to head down one hell of a roller-coaster.

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“They’ve been building it slowly but it’s turning. Now it’s turning rapidly, I would say. That’s similar to Breaking Bad, too. This very slow buildup as we go up the roller-coaster ramp and then, it starts going downhill, it just cannot stop. And that’s where we are in season five, which we’re shooting right now. Season five is just everything’s on fire, and it’s just burning down around us.” 

So what does this mean for the show’s fifth season? Will we see a turn from the slow, meditative show into something more in the vein of Breaking Bad, with the increase in tension and pacing? While that wouldn’t be the first thing in the world, I personally hope it still allows the show to retain its tonal identity along the way.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.