My first ever article for Wall Street International was about the first season of Better Call Saul. And boy, I wasn’t happy about the show back then. Maybe my expectations were way too high since BCS is the prequel of one of the most prestigious and acclaimed TV shows ever made, Breaking Bad. But after five seasons I have to admit, I completely changed my mind about the series. I absolutely love it now. Like its predecessor, Better Call Saul just seems to get better and better over time.
My main problem with the show was during Seasons 1 and 2. For me, the show never really felt like it had any stakes since I already knew how the main character would end and I didn’t care that much about the new ones. Saul, still called Jimmy McGill at the time, and Mike Ehrmantraut were really cool characters, but the show had no thrills or plot twists. It was a snooze fest. The Chuck McGill storyline was terribly slow and the show got tiresome for me. Basically, as a Breaking Bad fan, I wanted a show about Saul Goodman, the morally bankrupt lower. But all I got was a show about slipping Jimmy and his boring brother Chuck.
But then, Seasons 3 and 4 changed everything and showed us that Better Call Saul is actually a worthy prequel of Breaking Bad. These seasons were both a non-stop thrill ride. Durant these years were when the show finally got great. It introduced Gus Fring and set Jimmy on the path to becoming Saul. The storyline got so much better and you really started seeing the new characters introduced in the previous seasons having better, and more interesting arcs.
Seasons 3 and 4 were amazing but believe me, Season 5 topped them.
Better Call Saul's penultimate year is as masterful as we've come to expect from the creators of Breaking Bad. The cinematography is amazing! the writing, directing, dialogue, and acting is also superb. Bob Odenkirk was always mesmerizing as Jimmy/Saul, even when the show was bad, he was always the reason I kept coming back to it. And he still delivering the goods. But the real MVP of Season 5 was Rhea Seehorn. She absolutely killed it as Kim Wexler. The interactions between Odenkirk and her are so heartfelt and believable. And watching Kim change to align more with Jimmy/Saul schemes was really fun. Seehorn has to at least, be nominated to an Emmy next year.
Season 5 also has a stellar performance from Tony Dalton as Lalo Salamanca. He's so charismatic, scary, and fun. What a Villain! One of the most charismatics and entertaining villains on tv for quite some time. I'm so glad they didn’t kill him this season. And I can’t wait to watch him go crazy in the next one! The cameos from Hank and Gomie were also a fun addition to the season. It was so good to see the two characters again.
I'm really excited for the next and last season of the series. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen to Kim and Lalo. They probably won’t have a happy ending since any of them were in BrBd. I also hope to see some movement in the Gene storyline. Gene is the new identity that Saul had to assume following the events of BrBd. After the El Camino movie, Saul/Gene is the last main Breaking Bad character who hasn't been properly wrapped up. So it would be good to see that.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a little bit more of Hank and Gomie, too. Or even some other BrBd characters such as Badger and Skinny Pete. And hopefully, a scene with Walt and Jesse? Who knows?
Unfortunately, Season 6 might not come until Spring 2022 at the earliest. Maybe even later than that due to COVID-19 delays in production. But I’m sure that it will definitely be worth the wait!