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Better Call Saul Season 6 - What We Know So Far

For five seasons, fans have watched as underdog attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) inched closer and closer to becoming Saul Goodman, the shady "criminal" attorney who audiences first met in "Breaking Bad." Now the AMC prequel series is finally nearing the finish line, tying up loose ends between the two shows once and for all. Season 6 of "Better Call Saul" will be the last, and there's plenty to theorize about before its premiere.

Upon the show's renewal in January 2020, showrunner Peter Gould shared an official statement (via TVLine) celebrating the series' ability to finish on its own terms. "From day one 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."

So before "Better Caul Saul" Season 6 arrives, let's break down everything we know about it so far.

When is the release date of Better Call Saul Season 6?

"Better Call Saul" Season 6 originally started filming in February 2020, according to Digital Spy, but production was inevitably delayed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The show officially resumed filming in spring 2021, as confirmed by showrunner Peter Gould in a March 10 tweet.

Unfortunately, these delays also mean it will be quite some time before the final season of "Better Call Saul" finally hits fans' screens. While it was originally projected to premiere in 2021, around a year after Season 5, these major scheduling changes mean Season 6 probably won't arrive until at least early 2022. Season 6 will consist of 13 episodes as opposed to the usual 10, so expect that to impact its release date as well.

But if "Better Call Saul's" final season premieres early next year, this calendar change isn't a complete aberration from the norm. Apart from Season 4, which began airing in August 2018, every season of the show has begun in late winter or early spring.

Who is in the cast of Better Call Saul Season 6?

Bob Odenkirk will obviously reprise his titular role in the final season of "Better Call Saul." He'll return alongside main cast members Rhea Sheehorn (Kim Wexler), Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut), Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring), Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin), Tony Dalton (Lalo Salamanca), and Michael Mando (Nacho Varga).

As the "Better Call Saul" timeline gets closer to the events of "Breaking Bad," more characters from the original series have also begun to pop up. In Season 5, for instance, "Breaking Bad" characters Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Ed (the late Robert Forster, appearing posthumously) made cameo appearances. Could that mean even more fan-favorite characters will show up in "Better Call Saul's" final season? It's possible, and Walter White himself is open to it.

"I would be in ['Better Call Saul'] if Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who are co-executive producers on it, wanted me to be in it," Bryan Cranston told Collider in 2020. "I'd do it in a second. But it hasn't happened yet."

What is the plot of Better Call Saul Season 6?

Season 5 ended with Kim embracing her inner anti-heroine as she plotted dangerous ways to take down her former boss Howard Hamlin, worrying even Jimmy in the process. Because Kim isn't present in "Breaking Bad," Season 6 will answer the question of whether she ultimately dies, goes to prison, or somehow finds a way to survive in secret.

"There's some version of life where Kim and Jimmy stay married and live a Mary Matalin and James Carville-type situation," Bob Odenkirk told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's probably easy to think that Kim dies, or that anyone who's not visible passes away. But there's still a lot of people who die on these shows."

Elsewhere, Jimmy made it across the desert with drug lord Lalo Salamanca's bail money, while Lalo escaped from his would-be murderers in a hidden tunnel. Nacho Varga was made complicit in the attempted murder, but what that means for him in Season 6 remains to be seen.

How will Better Call Saul Season 6 tie into Breaking Bad?

Since "Better Call Saul" ties directly into the events of "Breaking Bad," the show's cast and crew face a lot of pressure to make the prequel's ending flow seamlessly into its predecessor.

In a 2020 interview with The A.V. Club, Peter Gould admitted that through working on Season 6, he discovered that "the show has more of a relationship with 'Breaking Bad' than I would have expected when we started." He added that while it was important to the creative team to make "Better Call Saul" its own series, "we obviously wouldn't be making the show without 'Breaking Bad' ... the fact that it's a spinoff has given us tremendous creative freedom in a lot of ways."

Even so, Gould says "Breaking Bad" fans will walk away from "Better Call Saul" Season 6 seeing the acclaimed AMC drama in a new light. "As we go through the work that we're doing on this show, I think it's going to change the way people look at 'Breaking Bad,'" he said.