Better Call Saul lead Bob Odenkirk discussed his favorite thing about season five of the wildly successful Breaking Bad spinoff. Created by Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan, the series follows Jimmy McGill, a con man turned lawyer. Audiences first met him under the alias of Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad.
Better Call Saul follows Jimmy before he meets Walter White. The series received critical acclaim. It racked up 39 Emmy nominations as well as 21 wins. Better Call Saul is entering into its sixth and final season in early 2022. As a result, it’s worth taking a look back at what the star had to say about his character leading into his farewell.
“My favorite thing is the way Jimmy learns about himself and exhibits this sense of self-awareness,” Odenkirk said in an interview. “It’s great because the hardest thing for me was to play the naiveté of Jimmy as a younger person, where he started in the series.”
However, the actor is quick to caution fans this self-awareness may not mean growth. Added cynicism makes it easier for Jimmy to continue deeper into his unethical pursuits.
“On the other hand, what he does with that self-awareness isn’t too good,” Odenkirk continued. “He has these realizations about himself, but they give him an outlet to become ethically unmoored.”
Better Call Saul Star Talks Breaking Bad
While he didn’t give any specifics, Odenkirk also teased some of the lingering connections between Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. He explained that writer Peter Gould said that audiences “will see Breaking Bad and the story of Breaking Bad in a different way.”
“It will be different from what you think you know,” said Odenkirk in an interview with Esquire. “I always considered Saul a bit of an ancillary character in Breaking Bad. So I’m surprised to hear that. But I would never underestimate Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s ability to twist a character or a story point to mean something entirely different.”
Speaking of character development, Odenkirk again discussed Jimmy. Specifically, he teased the character’s arc. The actor hinted that it might end badly.
“If you dig deep down Jimmy McGill is a good guy,” the actor explained. “But, like Walter White, he does have an ego and his ego is hungry for respect and appreciation in a way that I don’t think the world ever really can satisfy in a person, except in incremental moments. And I think it’s a foolish thing to pursue. And I would love to see him have that realization. I don’t think he will.”
The question of how Jimmy progresses in the last season of Better Call Saul will be answered when the series returns to AMC in 2022.