AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, has been renewed for a sixth season–which will also be its last. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the final season will air in 2021, and will be made up of 13 episodes (seasons 1-5 consist of 10 episodes each.)
Season 5 will begin airing on February 23, 2020; as of right now, we have 23 episodes of the show left to look forward to. This was revealed during a panel at the Television Critics Association’s press tour.
This ultimately means that Better Call Saul will be one episode longer than Breaking Bad was, although Breaking Bad also got a movie.
The show’s fifth season will also bring back some iconic characters from the original series that we have not seen in some time. Showrunner Vince Gilligan revealed during the panel that Hank Schrader (played by Dean Norris) and his partner Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) would return in episodes three and four of this season. “Working with Dean and Michael again was a highlight of the season,” Gilligan said.
It was also confirmed that Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will not appear in this season, so don’t expect to see Jesse or Walt. He also says that the end of Better Call Saul will probably be the end of the entire saga he’s been telling across both series, at least for a while. Asked if it was likely to continue on in some form, he responded, “you don’t want to drive it into the ground, so I would say at this moment in time, probably not.”
Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman will be missed once it’s all over.