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Better Call Saul season 6 on Netflix UK - All you need to know about the 'devastating' final series
As the Neflix prequel to Breaking Bad comes to an end, how will Jimmy finally transform into Saul Goodman and what will become of Kim and Nacho?
Bob Odenkirk’s loveable rogue returns for the final season of Better Call Saul on 19 April, and unsurprisingly it promises to be an emotional ride as we discover how the series dovetails with the beginning of the show that inspired it, Breaking Bad.
The final season of the show on Netflix will be split into two parts. The first two episodes will arrive on 19 April with the following five episodes appearing weekly after that. Then after a brief break, the final run of six episodes will begin on 12 July.
The long awaited finale has had some setbacks. Not only did the global coronavirus pandemic disrupt schedules, but filming last summer was halted when Jimmy/Saul himself, Bob Odenkirk, suffered a heart attack on set.
In an interview he told The Guardian that after a spell in hospital, rather than slowing down, he thought: “I have to keep going. This is great!”
Luckily for fans of the show he did, and shooting wrapped on 10 February.
On the subject of the finale he enigmatically revealed to Empire online:
“I can’t wait for people to see this final season. There’s so many different places it goes, and there’s so much happening. It’s amazing.”
Season 6 teaser revealed
The first teaser released gave little away, showing the sinister Salamanca twins walking through a crime scene. But eagle eyed viewers worked out that the ‘D’ and ‘R’ markers on the floor could be converted to the numerical values 4 (month) and 18 (day) to reveal the date for the US premiere as 18 April.
Season 6 will see Jimmy McGill complete his transformation into Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman. But just how will he leave his conscience behind and become the fully fledged dodgy lawyer that represents almost every criminal in Albuquerque?
Which Breaking Bad characters will appear in Season 6?
As a Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul contains the spoiler of knowing which characters survive the series. We know ‘handyman’ Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) will survive and fried chicken and drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) will go from strength to strength.
It’s also been a joy to see characters such as Hank Shrader (Dean Norris) and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) make their first appearances, but can we expect any more Breaking Bad alumni to appear?
In an interview with Collider.com, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston seemed very open to the idea of returning to the character of Walter White.
“I would be in it if Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who are co-executive producers on it, wanted me to be in it," he said.
But more doubtful is the return of Jesse Pinkman after actor Aaron Paul told Digital Spy: “I can't imagine him showing up in Better Call Saul".
What happens to Lalo, Nacho and Howard?
But the big question is what happens to the Better Call Saul characters who don’t make it to Breaking Bad?
Cartel enforcer Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) has been a loose canon since he arrived in season 4, so whatever his exit storyline, it’s bound to be explosive.
Nacho Varga, played by Michael Mando, has also led a far from blameless life throughout the show as he tries to bring the Salamanca organisation down from within. But as we don't see him in Breaking Bad, is this where his luck finally runs out?
Interestingly, both Lalo and Nacho are mentioned by Saul in the season 2 episode of Breaking Bad (also titled Better Call Saul) which first introduced us to the shady lawyer. Will we finally find out why a kidnapped Saul, fearing for his life, said: “It wasn’t me, it was Ignacio, he's the one... Did Lalo send you?”?
Then there’s Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), former business partner of Jimmy's brother Chuck, ex-boss of both Jimmy and Kim and the source of much of their unhappiness.
Ariel Levine, a writer on the show hinted at his fate in the ‘Better Call Saul insider’ podcast: “It’s not going to end well for Howard,” she said.
But whether that means financially, physically or just spiritually, remains to be seen.
What happens to Kim?
But the character most people want to know about is Kim Wexler, played by Rhea Seehorn, now Jimmy’s wife and last seen plotting the downfall of ex-boss Howard.
Will she continue down this darker path? Will she leave Jimmy? Or does the worst happen and she falls victim to the many factions she and Jimmy have crossed over the course of five seasons?
Replying to a tweet asking her to describe Season 6 in one word, Seehorn simply wrote: “Devastating.”
But is she talking about the fate of her character specifically, or the whole show?
How will Better Caul Saul end?
Another part of the puzzle we’re hoping gets solved is the murky black and white future of Jimmy aka Saul aka Gene. Throughout the series we’ve had glimpses of a down-on-his-luck Gene, who after fleeing New Mexico at the end of Breaking Bad, is now managing a Cinnabon store in an Omaha shopping mall.
Spending his time between the mall and his tiny apartment, Gene is in hiding, alone and paranoid. He’s certainly not the Slippin’ Jimmy we’ve got to know and love.
Actor Bob Odenkirk describes the series' climax to Empire online as: “Powerful, surprising, subtle, kind of low-key".
So not the explosive end some might expect.
Of course, it’s not the end for Saul Goodman as we know he goes on to Breaking Bad infamy. And once the curtain falls on Better Call Saul, don't be surprised if you feel like watching the misadventures of Walter White all over again.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, writer and director Peter Gould said: "By the time you finish watching Better Call Saul, you’re going to see Breaking Bad in a very different light.”
Better Call Saul season 6 begins on Netflix on 19 April. Watch seasons 1-5 on Netflix.
Seasons 1-5 of Breaking Bad are available to watch on Netflix now.