Better Call Saul has been renewed by AMC for a sixth and final season ahead of the premiere of season 5. In a tweet posted to the official Twitter account for the series, an animation of two hands holding up six fingers reveals that Better Call Saul will return for season 6 in 2021. The tweet's caption also reveals that season 6 will be the show's final season as well, and that's not all good, man. You can check out the Better Call Saul season 6 announcement tweet below.
The reason for Better Call Saul ending isn't directly specified by AMC, but it's certainly not due to a dip in quality. From the start, the Breaking Bad spin-off has been incredible television in almost every way, making it a big hit with critics and viewers. Its fourth season was its highest-rated yet on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring a near-perfect 99% Fresh Rating, with all three prior seasons tying at 97% Fresh. Viewership has fallen since the start of the series and is certainly not as high as Breaking Bad was, though the show has maintained a large fanbase and has more than enough viewers to justify its time on the air.
So, why end the series? More than likely, this is simply because of time running out. Better Call Saul mostly serves as a prequel series to Breaking Bad, taking place in the years leading up to Walter White creating his empire. As the seasons have progressed, we've been coming ever closer to the start of Breaking Bad, which would require bringing Better Call Saul to an end. As even the end of season 4 leaves us feeling like we're getting pretty close to the end of the timeline, there had been speculation that Better Call Saul season 5 would also serve as the show's final season. With this in mind, fans can be happy knowing they'll be getting two more seasons to close the series out rather than just one more.
Bob Odenkirk leads Better Call Saul as rising lawyer Jimmy McGill, who comes to adopt the alias Saul Goodman when practicing law. The show also features many other returning Breaking Bad stars, including Jonathan Banks as Mike, Giancarlo Esposito as Gus, and Laura Fraser as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle. It seems probable that we'll eventually see Aaron Paul and/or Bryan Cranston appearing for special cameos as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White at some point within the upcoming two seasons, though no word has yet been announced on bringing them in.
Better Call Saul will kick off its fifth season with a special two-night event on Feb. 23 and 24 on AMC. It's wonderful to know that we'll be getting another season of this wonderful series once the upcoming season ends, but also bittersweet knowing that season 6 is as far as it will go. Still, as with the original Breaking Bad series, all good things must come to an end, so let's hope the show bows out with a final season that's been just as strong as those to come before it. This news comes to us from the official Better Call Saul Twitter Account.