Better Call Saul will have a better ending than Breaking Bad. Can that really happen? Creator Vince Gilligan seems to think so.
Vince Gilligan is a genius at linking up storylines and keeping views engrossed. He complimented the Breaking Bad rage with the spin-off prequel series Better Call Saul, which ensured that the universe kept the audience attached even after the end of the stunning show. Then in 2019 came the Breaking Bad movie El Camino, which once again gave fans more of the Breaking Bad characters before Better Call Saul ventured into season 5 in 2020.
Now, as we usher in the new year, February is the month where Breaking Bad universe recaptures our imagination. First, Arron Paul aka Jesse Pinkman-led El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will hit TV screens on the 7th on the AMC network. Then the highly-anticipated season 5 of the Breaking spin-off prequel Better Call Saul will premiere on the 23rd of February.
While not much about the plot of Better Call Saul season 5 is known, we know this much that season 6 has also been greenlighted and will indeed be the final season of the series. Another thing that we can now say with some conviction is that Better Call Saul will have a better ending than Breaking Bad. Can that really happen? Well, the creator Gilligan seems to think so.
The Game Of Perfect Endings
The coming out of Jesse Pinkman’s El Camino gave the character’s story in Breaking Bad an ideal closure. That was much needed considering that the ending of Breaking Bad primarily focused on the end of Walter White’s story. The third most intriguing character Saul Goodman is heading the spin-off prequel series that takes place before Breaking Bad but has intermittent flashes from the post-Breaking Bad world.
So, with his two pivotal characters getting deserved closures, Gilligan is free to delve into the Better Call Saul storyline deeper, exploring a perfect end from his point of view and also for the satisfaction of the fans.
Vince Gilligan let Peter Gould be the chief for Better Call Saul as he took the backseat to concentrate on El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. However, the mastermind of the BB Universe remains heavily linked to the series (as Executive Producer) and opined why he thought Better Call Saul will have a better ending than Breaking Bad.
Gilligan mentioned in an interview recently that Gould is amplifying the intensity of the Better Call Saul storyline. Vince Gilligan claimed in a TV’s Top 5 podcast, “The Hollywood Reporter, and other wonderful journalistic outlets, are going to be having articles about, ‘Which one had the better ending? Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul?’ And I’ll bet you folks are gonna say Better Call Saul.”
Can Better Call Saul’s ending really trump Breaking Bad?
Indeed, the topic is the root of fiery debate among fans, most of whom are of the opinion that Breaking Bad’s finale, Felina, was one of the greatest ever in TV history. The dark, anti-hero fate of Walter White will remain iconic for times to come.
“Which one had the better ending? Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul? And I’ll bet you folks are gonna say Better Call Saul.” – Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.
In comparison, Better Call Saul’s overall theme is yet to have the same mercurial intensity as that of Breaking Bad. However, there are several ways how things can pan out in season 5 and 6 for Better Call Saul to go one up on Breaking Bad’s Finale. The final season 6 will have 13 episodes which will give ample space for the creators to build up the excitement.
Furthermore, 8 years have passed since Breaking Bad ended. This gives them a chance to bring fresh viewpoints to fans. In this regard, the highly touted comeback cameos of Breaking Bad characters like Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to the prequel series will be much easier to align with the ongoing story of Better Call Saul.
Finally, Peter Gould and his team have volumes of fans’ reactions and critique on Breaking Bad and now also on El Camino. This gives them a better idea as to what will bring out the best response from the fans to the Better Call Saul finale. Thus, with season 5 out in less than a month, we expect more insight and sizable twists, if Vince Gilligan’s prediction is to come true for the Finale of Better Call Saul season 6.