Bob Odenkirk Is In Good Spirits In Update For Fans After Heart Attack On Better Call Saul Set

bob odenkirk's saul toasting with a beer on better call saul season 5
(Image credit: Screenshot from trailer)

Across 2020 and 2021, we've become depressingly used to hearing bad news that only becomes worse with updates. Thank the high heavens that wasn't the case with Bob Odenkirk's recent health scare, which saw him suffering a heart attack while on the set of Better Call Saul's in-production sixth season. While the initial reports were scary, his Mr. Show co-creator David Cross and others kept fans hopeful, and then the Better Call Saul star himself cleared the air about his situation. Now, it definitely sounds like Odenkirk is feeling back to his more light-hearted self. (Not a pun.)

Bob Odenkirk kicked the weekend off by offering fans a more current reflection on how things have been going for him on the road to recovery, sharing the following message on Twitter:

I am doing great. I’ve had my very own 'It’s a wonderful life' week of people insisting I make the world slightly better. Wow! Thank you, I love everyone right now but let’s keep expectations reasonable!

While social media can be a truly vile place at times, even when the topic is something sensitive like a celebrity's health setback, Bob Odenkirk's heart attack was met with universal sympathy across the board, with fans, friends and fellow celebrities all sharing thoughtful messages about the comedy icon and his highlight-filled career. To be sure, that was the case even before the Nobody star was hospitalized, but his Better Call Saul collapse inspired a huge wave of kindness that he probably isn't used to seeing in such a mass grouping.

Bob Odenkirk compared the feeling to what James Stewart's George Bailey goes through in the 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life, though I can only assume that the Breaking Bad vet wasn't visited by a trio of ghosts as he scrolled through his Twitter mentions. That probably would have sparked a message with a slightly different and possibly more panicked tone.

In any case, Bob Odenkirk has been a little busy on social media even beyond his health updates. He retweeted Curb Your Enthusiasm star Richard Lewis' inspiring message celebrating 27 years of sobriety, he shared a fun bird-related post from his Better Call Saul co-star Rhea Seehorn, and others. He even flexed his comedic muscles with an idea that sounds ripe for a Mr. Show set-up.

Here's hoping this road to recovery is as short as possible for Bob Odenkirk, and that he'll soon feel back to normal and able to continue filming Better Call Saul's final season without fear of another health problem waiting in the wings. It's unclear at this time if and how Odenkirk's filming hiatus will impact the season's imminent release, but that's obviously not as important as the actor feeling 100%.

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