It’s been nearly two years since ‘Better Call Saul’ season 5 wrapped up, leaving fans with plenty of time to discuss what madness will follow
It’s been nearly two years since Better Call Saul’s phenomenal season 5 wrapped up, leaving fans with plenty of time to discuss the series’ complex, interwoven character stories. AMC even recently teased a return appearance of Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, leading up to the next season’s launch on April 18th, 2022.
On the Thursday red carpet, lead actor Bob Odenkirk told Variety, “I personally feel that the two shows — Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul — are entwined even more than ever in the final season. And I think that’s surprising and cool, and it’s gonna make you want to watch Breaking Bad again.”
That’s certainly true. From Saul taking orders for the cartel to the deepening of Mike and Gus’ relationship, we’re growing ever closer to the world of Breaking Bad — although a few crucial, painstakingly crafted stories still lie waiting to be discovered.
Here’s our biggest plot threads for Season 6 to finally uncover:
Earlier in the series, Jimmy and Chuck McGill put together a powerful class-action lawsuit against Sandpiper Crossing, with Jimmy’s payout calculated at just shy of a million-and-a-half dollars.
With Jimmy and Kim calculating the amount towards the end of season 5, it’s fair to say that we may be in store for the former’s first massive, mostly-legal payday. That iconic white Cadillac won’t pay for itself, after all. This does, rather amusingly, bring Howard Hamiln back into the picture, as Kim suggests sabotaging her ex-boss to bag the settlement money.
If only things were that straightforward in Alberqurque, which brings us to…
While fans must have been delighted to see the pair get married in season 5, episode 7, there’s a certain element of bittersweetness to their long-awaited union.
While it’s a happy day for the pair, Kim’s suggestion of marriage is much more about protecting their legal vulnerabilities than it is about long-term romantic goals – it prevents them from being required to testify against each other, and keeps their many secrets out of sight.
With Kim’s absence from Breaking Bad standing as one of the series’ oldest mysteries, we’ll finally learn the truth – does she succumb to Jimmy’s growing entanglement with the cartel… or does she finally play the con-man himself in a legal situation, and turn her back on Jimmy?
That brings up the question: when does this testification rule finally get tested? Will Kim or Jimmy be in a courtroom together, now on opposite sides?
The last time we saw Nacho Varga, he escapes Lalo’s home after teaming up with Fring and his band of assassins — who fail at taking down Lalo Salamanca in some of the most awesome scenes we’ve ever seen on the show.
With Lalo clearly having his suspicions surrounding Nacho, it’s likely that the latter will spend most of season 6 either running for cover and hiding away from the Salamancas – or fighting back. With two guns already trained on his innocent father, it’s anyone’s call as to what Nacho’s fate will be, as a showdown between him and Lalo grows ever closer.
There is a tiny line of dialogue in season 2 of Breaking Bad, however, that might shed some light on the result of this conflict. After being kidnapped by Jesse and Walt, Saul thinks he’s about to be killed, and says, “It wasn’t me. It was Ignacio. He’s the one.”
Why did he take Nacho’s name? Does it mean that he survives? Are Mike and Gus somehow involved?
Only one way to find out.
In the post-Breaking Bad storyline, Saul lives a lonely, quiet existence as Gene – a fake-identity which he uses to fly under the radar, avoiding both law enforcement and the drug kingpins he rubbed shoulders with for years.
At the start of season 5, Gene’s true identity is discovered by a taxi driver in Nebraska, over a thousand kilometres away from the New Mexico locations we’re used to. While the cabbie assures Saul that his secret is safe, the conman remains suspicious, prompting him to call his contact Ed, who can help him procure a new fake identity.
At the last moment, Saul cancels the plan, deciding to ‘take care of things’ himself. What does that mean? It certainly sounds ominous!
So far, most important names who featured in Breaking Bad have already shown up in Better Call Saul, save for the former’s main characters, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White.
With the pair finally confirmed to return (even if it’s just a cameo), we can’t help but wonder what scenes we’ll be treated to. At roughly 20 years old at the time of season 5’s events, Jesse has probably already left high school behind, and is busy partying, hustling, and starting off his early meth distribution plans.
Meanwhile, Walt is still the meek high school teacher we see at the start of Breaking Bad. Perhaps we won’t see them together, and Walt’s DEA Agent brother-in-law Hank serves as the missing link.
Better Call Saul season 6 launches on AMC on Monday, April 18th, 2022.
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