Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul

Jake Schachter, Staff Writer

In the last few years, Better Call Saul became a fan-favorite show, receiving immense praise from critics.  A spin-off to the popular series Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul follows the tale of Jimmy McGill and his journey in the legal world.  Throughout the series, fans watch his evolution from honest and decent Jimmy McGill into the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.  In Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman is featured as Walter White’s lawyer.  This season of Better Call Saul delves into what happens to Saul Goodman after, as he would change his identity to Cinnabon manager Gene Takavic. It plans to be a conclusive yet tragic end to the series.

“One of the best shows I have ever watched,” said sophomore Lauren Young.

This season features Jimmy McGill, who has fully transformed into Saul Goodman, navigating the life of being a cartel lawyer.  During this season, not only will he be put under the pressure of everyone around him, but he will also be forced to keep dangerous secrets in the pursuit of success.  Additionally, this season, his wife, Kim Wexler, will fall from grace as she takes on the scheming qualities of her husband.

 On the other side of the show the criminal subplot is brewing.  This season, the feud grows between Gustavo Fring, a cartel millionaire due to his drug front of Los Pollos Hermanos, and his loyal associate Mike, who gets the job done against the Salamanca family.  As one of the original families in the Mexican drug cartel, the Salamanca family is a well defined part of Better Call Saul. Hector Salamanca is one of the original drug lords, and after taking away someone Gus loved, the feud between the two would only worsen. 

“The drama in the show is very tragic and intense as you feel yourself being drawn in every second you watch,” said sophomore Ava Lucarelli. 

This season was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as filming was postponed until it was deemed safe to resume. The writing for this season also took longer as it is a series finale so it would end with 13 episodes, rather than the usual 10. On top of that, there were some issues while filming the show. During the summer of 2021, while filming, Bob Odenkirk, the actor who plays Saul Goodman, suffered a heart attack. The show filmed the scenes without him during the month of August as he was on break for recovery. 

“I am very excited to see the conclusion to the masterpiece of this show.  It really has been one of the best shows on TV,” said sophomore Maximo Mayeri.

The casting for the season has remained mostly the same as it always has: Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrumantraut, and Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring. The only change is the addition of Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, who plan to make a cameo sometime in the season. 

Fans have been waiting over two years for the show to finally air and the show creators have promised an amazing final season.  Some viewers have concluded this season will most likely have a satisfying conclusion to the Breaking Bad universe, concluding the story of Saul Goodman in an epic manner.