Jimmy McGill may not yet be decked out in Saul Goodman's flashiest suits, but he's closer than he's ever been to making that irreversible transition. To that end, Better Call Saul Season 4 will do something the show hasn't yet done before by letting some of its story drift over into the 2008-2010 timeline during which Breaking Bad was set. While franchise creator Vince Gilligan isn't offering up plainly stated spoilers about what to expect, he's certainly whet our curiosity. Here's how he put it:
We have a subplot that very squarely gets into Breaking Bad territory and brings us into the world --- or at least points us on a path toward the world of Walter White and the territory of Walter White. I can't wait for folks to see that.
To be sure, Vince Gilligan did not say that we're going to see Walter White in Better Call Saul Season 4, so let's not draw any overzealous conclusions. On the other hand, he did say Walt's name twice in quick succession, which is almost like a Candy Man or Beetlejuice thing, so maybe?. We probably shouldn't expect it to happen, but the best way for this show to have snuck Bryan Cranston into a Season 4 scene would be while everyone is being told we'll have to wait until a future season. Such is Gilligan's craftiness.
Vince Gilligan didn't delve deeper into details about where Better Call Saul's future would take it, but did confirm to EW that Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman would be involved with the Breaking Bad-era scenes. No word on whether anyone else from the flagship drama would appear. Outside of on-screen time stamps, audiences will need some pretty good visual clues to know what the time frame would be, so I'm betting at least one more familiar Breaking Bad character will enter the BCS fray for the first time in Season 4. At this point, I'm kinda hoping for Dean Norris Hank Schrader to pop in.
Throughout much of Breaking Bad's run, viewers never got to see much from Saul Goodman beyond the smooth-talk and the affinity for making moolah. We got a glimpse of the Jimmy within as he was pulling up stakes and leaving New Mexico for Omaha. (Assuming there weren't any weird pitstops.) So there are plenty of iconic moments from the original series that could potentially get explored further by flipping them around to Saul's point of view. Or we might just get to see something even more amazing, like more Huell.
For now, we know that the season will start off with Jimmy dealing with Chuck's death, while also braving the choppy tides that are coming between him and Kim. And then, later, something something Breaking Bad timeline. Find out what that "something something" will be when Better Call Saul Season 4 premieres on AMC on Monday, August 6, at 9:00 p.m. ET. While waiting, head to our summer premiere schedule to see what other new and returning shows are on the way.