The Breaking Bad series finale was superb television and a fantastic way to end the popular series, but creator Vince Gilligan is feeling pretty confident that the ending of the spin-off series Better Call Saul is going to be even better. After Breaking Bad came to an end in 2013, Gilligan expanded upon its universe by developing Better Call Saul with Peter Gould. Set in the years before Breaking Bad takes place, the spin-off has proven to be just as compelling in its own right, even without the presence of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Ahead of this month's season 5 premiere of Better Call Saul on AMC, the network renewed the show for a sixth and final season to air in 2021. With the end officially in sight for the successful spin-off, fans have been speculating over how the series will end. As the show also includes flash-forward sequences showing Saul's life as "Gene" the Cinnabon manager in the "present" as well, chances are we'll be given some sort of closure with Jimmy McGill's story arc in the series finale. Whatever happens, it's going to be good, as Gilligan predicts people will be saying that the ending of Better Call Saul actually exceeds the finale of Breaking Bad.
"This show is absolutely, under Peter [Gould]'s leadership, going to stick the landing. It's going to be awesome, and The Hollywood Reporter and other wonderful journalistic outlets are going to be having articles about which one had the better ending, Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul. And I bet you folks are going to say Better Call Saul."
Vince Gilligan might know what he's talking about here. As a huge fan of Breaking Bad, I always imagined that the explosive series would forever be impossible to top, even for a spin-off set in the same universe. And yet, Better Call Saul just keeps getting better and better, consistently improving each season from the very start. At this point, it's certainly on par with the quality storytelling exhibited by its parent series, and many Saul fans may say the show has in fact already surpassed Breaking Bad. With two more full seasons to develop the show's story, all of the potential is there for us to see a powerful conclusion which will leave us all speechless.
The first four seasons of Better Call Saul are currently streaming on Netflix. Season 5 is also set to debut on AMC on Sunday, Feb. 23. If you're one of those Breaking Bad fans that never got around to checking out Better Call Saul or abandoned it early on, hop on Netflix and give it a binge. By the time you get to season 4, the show is almost indistinguishable from Breaking Bad, with so many of the same characters and similar levels of quality. Time will tell if Gilligan's prediction is accurate, but I'm thinking he'll be right. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.