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When Better Call Saul Season 5 finally arrives in 2020, it will include an episode that actually matches what co-creator Peter Gould thought the Breaking Bad spinoff would be about from the start. So keep that in mind as you're watching, to see if you can pick out said episode before Gould explains it more himself.
Peter Gould and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan are showrunners of the AMC prequel series, which is apparently constantly surprising them with new directions. You might not think that would be the case, since Better Call Saul follows Saul Goodman's story, and we've already seen at least the middle of that story in Breaking Bad. We're now seeing the beginning of Jimmy's story in Better Call Saul, but also what happens next through Cinnabon Gene.
Peter Gould talked to Variety about working as a showrunner on Better Call Saul, and being pleasantly surprised by how wrong he's been about where the story is going to go.
I love hearing about how the sausage is made, and it's good to know that at least when this interview was done, they were almost done shooting Better Call Saul Season 5. I'm curious about the episode matching what he thought the show would be. And it's just one episode? Do you think it's Saul Goodman being classic Saul in his office? Setting up his life as a criminal lawyer? Officially getting started in his career -- which has taken five seasons?
The Season 4 finale gave fans chills with Jimmy's final line, "S'all good, man!" After four seasons and 40 episodes, has Saul finally arrived? Well, yes and no. It sounds like Bob Odenkirk is retaining at least some part of Jimmy until Kim "goes away." Jimmy already lost Chuck, as Peter Gould noted, but hopefully we don't lose Kim in a similar way.
Speaking of Jimmy, Chuck, and Kim, Peter Gould also talked about how it wasn't in the original plan for the first three seasons to follow Jimmy and his brother. But since that did end up the case, losing Chuck left them with a lot of questions. Here's more from him on all of that:
We saw how Jimmy -- and Kim -- dealt with Chuck's death in Better Call Saul Season 4. We do know at some point Kim exits the Saul Goodman story, since she's not in Breaking Bad. But since they already killed Chuck, would they also kill Kim? This exit could play out in any number of ways, and no one is suggesting it has to play out in Better Call Saul Season 5.
Peter Gould shared a solid Better Call Saul Season 5 tease a while back, so make sure you're caught up on that while you wait for AMC to announce a return date. The first two seasons premiered in February, so maybe we can hope for February 2020?