‘Better Caul Saul’: When Could the Final Season Air?

by Josh Lanier

Better Call Saul season 5 ended on a major cliffhanger. But nearly 18 months later, we still don’t have any resolutions as the show still hasn’t returned to AMC. Though that could change soon.

We last visited this version of Albequerque in April 2020. Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) tried to talk his girlfriend — and wannabe co-conspirator — Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) out of her scorched earth campaign against their former boss. It was a surprise turn for Kim as she’s been the voice of reason to Jimmy’s flights of illegal fancy. But most of the action happened south of the Border as Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) made his first big move against the Mexican cartel. But his attempted hit on Lalo (Tony Dalton) failed, which puts Nacho (Michael Mando) squarely in his crosshairs. It was a packed 90 minutes of what many believe is the best show on TV. It’s the last we’ve heard from Better Call Saul.

While the showrunners haven’t announced when the show will return, most anticipate an early 2022 release date for the first half of season 6. It’s being reported that AMC plans to split the show’s final 13 episodes into two parts. The network did the same thing with the final season of Breaking Bad. Though, that hasn’t been confirmed.

Filming for season 6 of the series is nearly complete, and several actors have finished shooting their scenes. That’s good news for the early 2022 timetable.

We don’t know much about the plot of the final episodes of Better Call Saul. Though, Tony Dalton, who plays Lalo, says fans aren’t ready for it.

“You have no idea what’s going to happen,” he told ScreenRant. “It’s out of control what these guys wrote. Out of control.”

COVID, Health Issues Delayed Production on ‘Better Call Saul’

When Better Call Saul returns, it will have been nearly two years between seasons. That’s because problems have plagued the production throughout, including a literal plague.

Filming was supposed to start in September 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic forced producers to delay their plans until 2021. Then as things were finally progressing, Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the set in July after suffering a “small heart attack.”

The cast and crew remained in Albequerque and filmed scenes that his character wasn’t in. The 59-year-old actor was ultimately OK. He returned to filming in September. Doctors were able to remove the blockage around his heart without surgery, Odenkirk said.

Better Call Saul executive producer and director Thomas Schnauz said finishing the final season was an uphill climb. In August, he told Den of Geek that production was progressing but at a snail’s pace.

“Everything with production is moving forward,” he said, “steady but slow.”