“Perfection is the enemy of perfectly adequate,” said the wise Saul Goodman. Perfection and adequacy cannot be achieved at the same time. We sincerely hope that does not hold true in case of Better Call Saul season 6.
Although there hasn’t been any official announcement from Netflix, creator Vince Gilligan confirmed that season 6 will be the last one for Better Call Saul. Season 5, which released earlier this year, received such an overwhelming response that critics touted it to surpass Breaking Bad in terms of quality storytelling.
- Why was ‘Breaking Bad’ final season split into two parts?
- More episodes mean more time which means more subscription
- The year-long wait for the “purest product”
- ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6: Pandemic another reason behind the finale split
Not too many details have been divulged about the much-awaited season 6, except for Gilligan’s teaser that “it is suspected to blow everybody’s brains right out the back of their heads”. However, fans are speculating that the final season might be split into two parts, like the Breaking Bad one. Here are the reasons why.
Why was the Breaking Bad final season split into two parts?
We all know how season 5 of Breaking Bad was split into two parts. Season 5(a) had 8 episodes that premiered from July 15 to September 2, 2012. Season 5(b) also had 8 episodes, which premiered a year later from August 11 to September 29, 2013.
When Vince Gilligan was asked about the split, he said it was simply to allow the writers more time to develop the finale and come up with a historic ending for the legendary show. Not just the writers, Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter White, also needed time to prepare.
“It’s not as easy as Walter thought. And as we’ve discovered over the years, you don’t really know who Walter White is. I’m still discovering who he is and I’m trying to allow myself to be open to him going darker and darker,” said Cranston while speaking to Entertainment Weekly.
For Breaking Bad writers, the time off was essentially for artistic reasons, but when it comes to Better Call Saul, the gap could be for more practical reasons.
More episodes mean more time, and more subscribers
Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, and Michael McKean, Better Call Saul is set in 2002, six years behind the Breaking Bad timeline. A prequel and spin-off, Better Call Saul is meant to merge into the Breaking Bad timeline. The splitting of Breaking Bad season 5 into two parts allowed AMC to stretch the show for another year, without having to increase it by another season and compromising on the pace and quality.
In a way, this helped Netflix gain more subscriptions and keep the existing subscribers hooked for another year. It is only practical to do the same for Better Call Saul season 6. This move will lure more membership, and thus, more viewers to the show.
The year-long wait for the “purest product”
When asked about the one-year gap between the two parts of season 5, show creator Vince Gilligan said that the gap allowed them to further refine the show and eventually, deliver the “purest product” possible. The rest was history.
Thus, to let fans experience the best possible finale, it is expected that he leaves the same gap between the two parts of Better Call Saul season 6. Rather than pushing the season by a year, the makers might prefer to split it into two and leave a years’ gap in between. Moreover, Better Call Saul season 5 ended with too many conflicts waiting to be solved. So, there is no way the show can be wrapped up in another 9 or 10 episodes without compromising on the pace.
Better Call Saul season 6: Pandemic could split the finale
Given the situation in the world brought about by the global pandemic, no one knows how long the production will remain shut or what new shooting guidelines will be imposed once the lockdown is lifted. There is a good possibility of the schedule getting interrupted by the local rules in New Mexico, where the series is shot.
Speaking to TV Insider, actor Rhea Seehorn said, “Everybody on Better Call Saul and everybody at AMC and Sony are not going to do anything until it’s safe for all of us to work on the show. We would be shooting in New Mexico again. We have to fly places. You have to take in all of those factors.”
Considering that Better Call Saul season 6 will have no less than 15 episodes, creating that amount of content and releasing it all in a matter of a year would be next to impossible for the creators and Netflix. Thus, splitting season 6 into two parts seems absolutely reasonable. Now when it will premiere is something we are all waiting to find out.
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