Better Call Saul started as a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad, and Bob Odenkirk would like to honor the flagship show by keeping the episode count ever-so-slightly lower. Note episode count, not season count, since it looks like Better Call Saul may actually have more seasons.
Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul, but the Season 4 finale primed him to fully become the Saul Goodman we know and shake our heads at but still love in Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad ran for five seasons from 2008 to 2013. The fifth season was split into two parts, though, so it was essentially six seasons. Season 1 had seven episodes, Seasons 2-4 had 13 episodes, and Season 5 had 16 episodes split into two batches of eight. The total episode count? 62.
Better Call Saul's first four seasons all had 10 episodes. Season 5, coming in 2020, is expected to continue the 10-episode count. If the show goes for one more season, that would put the episode count at 60.
That sounds about right to Bob Odenkirk, who had this to say when Gold Derby asked how long he sees Better Call Saul lasting:
So he's hoping for no more than six seasons with 10 episodes each?
That also fits with what Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) said about the show probably having six seasons, continuing the story of Jimmy becoming Saul and then -- after Breaking Bad -- Gene at Cinnabon. But six seasons is not confirmed yet, so we'll just have to wait for official word from AMC.
Bob Odenkirk said he thinks Jimmy has fully become Saul by the end of Better Call Saul Season 4, although he said he's not sure show creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan would say the same:
Saul is now here. We just have to wait a while to see him, Kim, Gus, Mike, Nacho, new villain Lalo, and the rest of the gang when Better Call Saul Season 5 arrives on AMC in 2020.
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