Better Call Saul will end after six seasons, says Gus Fring actor Giancarlo Esposito. Acclaimed as one of the greatest shows in TV history, AMC's Breaking Bad first introduced viewers to the iconic chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White, played by Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston. As great a character as White was, the gallery of supporting characters around him was just as rich and impressive, and just as important to Breaking Bad becoming a classic.
Several of Breaking Bad's best characters, including shady lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and bad guy drug kingpin Gus Fring, were popular enough to earn a life beyond the end of Breaking Bad. Those characters indeed live on with Better Call Saul, AMC's Breaking Bad prequel series, which after four seasons has become nearly as acclaimed as the original show (even without the presence of Walter White). Like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul focuses mainly on the slow evolution of a central character from relative good guy to morally compromised anti-hero, in this case the con man Jimmy McGill, who in season four seemingly crossed the last barrier to taking on the persona of Saul Goodman, a lawyer with no ethical limits. With Saul Goodman finally having arrived, the question now is how long Better Call Saul will actually continue.
In an interview with Collider, Gus Fring actor Giancarlo Esposito gave an answer to how long Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould and AMC will keep Better Call Saul going, saying the show is set to end after season six. "There will be six seasons," Esposito said while discussing the future of the series, adding "It seems like that's the comfortable way to end the show." AMC has thus far not announced how many seasons of the show are in the offing.
In the same interview, Esposito also teased a coming showdown with Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton), a character originally referenced in Breaking Bad and finally introduced in season 4 of Better Call Saul. Esposito also expressed his hopes of sharing more screen time with Bob Odenkirk's Saul as the series brings in more of the "edginess" from Breaking Bad. Unfortunately for fans, season 5 is not expected to arrive until 2020.
It has not been confirmed that Better Call Saul will end after six seasons (indeed, there's no guarantee yet the show will have another season beyond 5), but given where the show currently is in the Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman arc, season 6 seems like an entirely reasonable place to bring the story to an end. Two seasons will give Vince Gilligan and company plenty of time to wrap up everything that needs to be wrapped up, including Jimmy's relationship with fellow lawyer Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), while also addressing the show's "future" timeline involving Jimmy's post-Saul persona Gene the Omaha Cinnabon manager. Gilligan had a definite end-point in mind when he began Breaking Bad, so it's logical to assume he also has an end-point planned out for the spinoff. It also remains to be seen how Better Call Saul might set up the planned Breaking Bad movie involving Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman.