All good things must come to an end and at the Television Critics Association, Better Call Saul showrunner and executive producer, Peter Gould, told audience members of the press tour that the AMC show had been renewed for a sixth and final season.
The announcement comes ahead of the fifth season premiere of the Emmy-nominated Breaking Bad prequel in February.
“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,” Gould said. “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 cast and crew have done a great job balancing the shows own identity with interweaving fan service for those that watched Breaking Bad. Primacy and recency being a thing, I’m always a big proponent of sticking the landing, so it’s great to hear that they’re going to do their best to do so. Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, had this to say about the show:
“Greenlighting a prequel to one of the most iconic series in television history is one of the boldest swings that AMC has ever taken. But, thanks to the creative genius of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, it has also been one of the most rewarding. It has been an absolute joy to collaborate with the extraordinarily talented team on Better Call Saul, which – five seasons in – continues to deliver some of the best storytelling and most beautifully nuanced performances on television today.”
Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television, added:
“Like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is brilliant storytelling at its best. Vince and Peter have created a fascinating world and compelling characters that are unlike anything else on television. And the exceptional performances of this extraordinary cast have charmed and captivated audiences every season. While we are sad that this remarkable series is coming to a close, we can’t wait for Vince and Peter to divulge the sensational conclusion.”
We won’t have long to wait. Season five starts off with a two-night premiere on February 23 and February 24, respectively, for a 10 episode run. Season 6, which will go into production later this year, will run for 13 episodes and air in 2021.
What do you think? Are you excited for Better Call Saul’s return?
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