After a long wait, AMC is finally bringing Better Call Season 5 to the masses. The Breaking Bad spinoff/prequel is rapidly closing the gap that separates the two shows, which means fans should expect certain characters to begin behaving more like they would during the time of Breaking Bad. It also means we could lose some new characters we've grown fond of. One star has described this season as the "most tragic yet," but does that mean someone like Kim or Nacho dies?
The talk of tragedy in Better Call Saul Season 5 comes from Kim Wexler star Rhea Seehorn. Seehorn actually said a few things to EW about the new season, and the various tones audiences can expect:
It’s the funniest. It’s the most tragic. It’s the most complex. Deep, deep, deep character explorations.
There's no explicit talk of death in Rhea Seehorn's quote, but it's not like death is a rare occurrence in the franchise. There are untouchable characters, of course, as every character who appeared in Breaking Bad obviously has to survive up to the end of Better Call Saul. Others like Kim Wexler and Nacho are expendable, though, and may meet their end before the series finale in the already announced Season 6.
It doesn't feel like anyone is safe with Lalo Salamanca in the picture. The character is already at odds with Nacho, and we know from Breaking Bad he'll eventually have a run-in with Saul Goodman. This could set Lalo on a collision course with the noble Kim, which probably wouldn't end well for her if she tried to cross him. If this season ends with Kim dying, it isn't hard to see how Saul ends up the guy he is in Breaking Bad.
With all that being said, Better Call Saul has done a great job at being tragic without always killing off major characters. The tragedy Rhea Seehorn speaks of could just be Jimmy continually disappointing Kim with his transition into Saul, and the slow but inevitable collapse of their relationship. Fans knew it was coming this whole time, though that doesn't make it any less sad after seeing the two together all these years.
Season 5 of Better Call Saul should be full of some unexpected moments, and maybe even a reference to other new material. Now that Jesse Pinkman's fate has been confirmed via El Camino, there's a chance for him to be referenced in some sequence where Saul is living as Gene, though I wouldn't be surprised if those two stories forever remained separate.
Better Call Saul premieres on AMC Sunday, February 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET, but will regularly air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET. Stick with CinemaBlend for more on the series throughout the season, and for the latest news happening in television and movies.