Better Call Saul Will (Probably) End After Season 6, Giancarlo Esposito Says

Gus Fring Giancarlo Esposito Better Call Saul AMC

With Better Call Saul slowly closing the gap between its show's timeline and Breaking Bad, fans have wondered just how much longer the series will go before closing things out. Now, it appears as though we have an answer from one of the show's stars, as Giancarlo Esposito may have let slip what has been a secret until now. Check out his quote about the upcoming Season 5, and how he says the show will end sooner than later.

There is a new character coming in, Lalo Salamanca, obviously someone I'm going to have to deal with in my travels throughout the show. There will be six seasons, seems like that's the way, the comfortable way to end this show. I am hoping for more of a collaboration in some way as an artist with Bob Odenkirk; I know as my star grows as Gus Fring [I'll] be able to handle some of the edginess of the show more and more. And as Gene goes and comes to Saul Goodman, and becomes this nefarious lawyer, then I'll have more interaction with him as well. So I'm excited about that.

Giancarlo Esposito revealed that six seasons is the magic number, adding on top of that it feels like the comfortable time to end the series. The actor behind the villainous Gus revealed to Collider the number, which is sort of the same amount Breaking Bad got before it ended, if you consider the final season's two parts as separate seasons. Is that enough time for Esposito to get his wish of more interaction with Bob Odenkirk's newly arrived Saul Goodman, or will his arc going forward be limited to interactions with Lalo?

Those nervous that it may not be enough time shouldn't be too worried, as Giancarlo Esposito mentioned in an earlier statement that Vince Gilligan's plans don't always play out the way he envisions them. Citing Breaking Bad as an example, Esposito showed that the creator ended up stretching out the series run more than he originally intended to -- with Season 5 Part 1 airing eight episodes in 2012, and Part 2 airing the final batch of eight episodes a full year later in 2013.

You know, it's tricky with Vince [Gilligan], because he likes to -- if you look at the Breaking Bad model, he said five years, five seasons. We shot that fifth season, but it was really five and six and he broke it into a sixth. So in telling the story, it's always difficult to find the ending of what is supposed to be, but then there's another ending of what could be, or what you imagine things to be after the ending has concluded.

So, can we really believe that Vince Gilligan intends stop Better Call Saul after Season 6? Perhaps the team will reach the endgame, and like with Breaking Bad, consider it might service the story more to split up a season into two parts to make sure it fits against its predecessor as best it can.

Better Call Saul will return to AMC for Season 5 in 2020. Stick with CinemaBlend in the mean time for the latest updates in news in television, movies, and pop culture.

Mick Joest
Content Producer

Mick Joest is a Content Producer for CinemaBlend with his hand in an eclectic mix of television goodness. Star Trek is his main jam, but he also regularly reports on happenings in the world of Star Trek, WWE, Doctor Who, 90 Day Fiancé, Quantum Leap, and Big Brother. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Radio and Television. He's great at hosting panels and appearing on podcasts if given the chance as well.