Better Call Saul is currently in the midst of its sixth and final season, and star Bob Odenkirk has now shed some light on how the AMC drama will end for his character, Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill/Gene Takavic.
Odenkirk told the Los Angeles Times that he discussed with Better Call Saul creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan about core ideas about his character. “My pitch to them is always: Sometimes people learn the right lessons from challenges and trauma,” he said.
Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen. As viewers know, Better Call Saul seasons 1-5 began with black-and-white previews of Saul after the events of Breaking Bad, now living in Omaha, Nebraska under the name Gene Takavic.
In his post-Breaking Bad life, he drives a Cinnabon and doesn’t have much of a life. These flash-forward scenes culminated in a sequence where Gene sought to change his identity yet again, but then apparently changed his mind. Presumably, the remaining episodes of Better Call Saul will pick up the threads and reveal the choice of Saul/Jimmy/Gene and what happens next.
Odenkirk spoke briefly about this in the interview, saying that Gene is finally coming to terms with what he said. Really wants in life.
“He’s looking back on his whole life and wondering, ‘Do I react the way my gut tells me, the same gut that has led me to a goddamn mall in Omaha, making cinnamon rolls? Do I still follow that gut?’ He’s still Jimmy McGill. He’s still Saul Goodman. I promise you. But as he grows up, he asks himself, ‘Really? Is this all worth it?’ And you see in that moment that he can’t hold that shit any longer. He needs to be himself.”
Odenkirk went on to say, “I’ve always told Peter and Vince that sometimes people learn the right lessons and not the most selfish and resentful lesson of something bad that’s happened to them. They get bigger and kinder and not smaller and ground”. -below.”
Odenkirk stated that this is not a spoiler about the character, and understands how people can take that quote as a tease that Saul will become a “good-hearted, generous, caring person.” It may not be so, but something it is brewing.
“I can’t tell you where it ends, but it’s not like it has any revelation of humanity. I think it gets there. I think I’ve said all I can say. But I like where his journey ends. And I think you’ll like it too.” .
Better Call Saul has one more episode left in the first half of its final season, which will premiere on May 23. The show then takes a break before returning for its final seven-episode series, starting July 11.
We haven’t seen them yet, but Bryan Cranston’s Walter White and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman will appear in the final season of Better Call Saul in some capacity.