Better Call Saul returns for Season 4 in 2018, continuing the origin story of Jimmy McGill aka Breaking Bad's Saul Goodman. A prequel to Walter White's criminal saga, this genre-straddling lawyer drama has become a revered TV show in its own right, making the return later this year a major event. Bob Odenkirk will be back, along with Better Call Saul's instantly recognizable supporting cast in a story that will both see more of how Jimmy becomes Saul and the rise of Gus Fring.
- Show: Better Call Saul Season 4
- Release Date: August 6, 2018
- Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
- Showrunner: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould
Last updated: July 18, 2018
Returning Cast Members For Better Call Saul Season 4
Bob Odenkirk will obviously reprise his role of Jimmy McGill in Better Call Saul Season 4, and will be rejoined by the show's core cast: Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo Fring, and likely many more (although they're currently unconfirmed).
The big question mark hangs over Michael McKean as Chuck McGill, who died in the Season 3 finale; while Season 4 is likely about the aftermath of his suicide, it's not out of the question that McKean could appear in flashback episodes further exploring his character's strained relationship with his brother.
Not much is known about any new additions. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan recently went on record stating he would be happy to bring back Aaron Paul's iconic character, Jesse Pinkman, although that's more of a hypothetical.
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The Better Call Saul Story So Far
Better Call Saul has explored Jimmy McGill's slippery slope as he attempts to navigate his new position as a lawyer. Jimmy was previously in-and-out of hot water thanks to scams and criminal deeds that caused shame to his brother, Chuck. The first three seasons have centered on the tension between Jimmy and Chuck, with each brother has attempted to push each other out of their law practices. This back-and-forth culminated with Chuck committing suicide after Jimmy publicly disgraced him in an attempt to save his partner, Kim Wexler's career.
Wexler has been another source of tension for Jimmy. The future sleazeball lawyer clearly has feelings for Kim, but his questionable ethics too often come between them. Still, she went out on a limb and opened a law firm with Jimmy, which has been continuously been put in jeopardy due to her partner's shady dealings.
Alongside the legal drama, there's also been the rise of Gus Fring, aided by Jimmy's associate Mike Ehrmentraut, directly tying the show into Walter White's story.
What We Know About Better Call Saul Season 4's Story
Over its first three seasons, Better Call Saul has become darker and darker as it goes along, mirroring how each new episode brings Jimmy McGill closer to his alternate persona of Saul Goodman. Jimmy's decisions are only going to become more and more questionable, and the peril that he and Mike Ehrmentraut find themselves in will become more and more life-threatening as they near Heisenberg's rise.
With his relationship with Kim Wexler constantly in jeopardy due to his questionable ethics, Fring now a part of the picture, and the inevitable fallout over Chuck's death, it only makes sense for Jimmy to spin further and further out of control in Season 4. Along with these developments in the story, showrunners have promised that Better Call Saul Season 4 will feature more flash-forwards to Jimmy's life as a Cinnabon manager after the events of Breaking Bad.
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Better Call Saul's Story Should Come To A Conclusion Soon
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have previously said that they didn't plan for Better Call Saul to go past five seasons, keeping it in line with Breaking Bad. Given that the ending is more clearly defined for the prequel, it's likely this has been the plan since the beginning, to a degree.
We can expect Better Call Saul Season 4 to be the beginning of the end for Jimmy McGill as Saul Goodman makes his "debut". If the series does, indeed, end in Season 5, Jimmy's attempts to be a successful lawyer are likely to fall apart very quickly as he is driven to the sleazy persona we all know and love from Breaking Bad.
There Could Be A Second Breaking Bad Spinoff On The Way
Even if Breaking Bad's sister series wraps in the next two seasons, that doesn't mean the Albuquerque saga will end with Better Call Saul. The creators are interested in a third spinoff, this time focusing on Jimmy McGill's partner, Kim Wexler.
Gilligan has praised Seehorn's ability to bring out a wide range of emotions with Wexler, from the funny to the emotional. Wexler is basically the antithesis of everything Jimmy McGill is: she's serious where he wants to screw around and have fun; she's professional and by-the-book where he is willing to cut corners. This would allow for a different vibe for the potential spinoff. But, of course, Wexler's relationship with Jimmy McGill goes back a long way, so he would no doubt be a steady presence in this theoretical series.
Better Call Saul Season 4 Premieres In August
Better Call Saul Season 4 will premiere on 6 August. Previous reports have suggested that it will be September 2018, but it's evidently been moved up. However, the date is still later in the calendar year than previous seasons, a result of AMC not renewing the show until several weeks after Season 3 had ended, leading to a later writing and production start (cameras rolled in January).
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There Is A Teaser Trailer For Better Call Saul Season 4 Yet
Better Call Saul has released a trailer depicting the chaotic fallout from last season. Jimmy isn't supposed to be practicing anymore, but he is; Kim is still recovering from her car wreck, and at odds with Howard; Gus and Mike are expanding the Los Pollos empire; and some intense bloodshed is coming.
As the series approaches the events of Breaking Bad, it continues to evolve from its more comedic first few seasons. Just where it will end up in relation to Walter White's story isn't clear yet, but Jimmy is getting closer and closer to becoming the Saul Goodman we all know and love.
There Is No Poster For Better Call Saul Season 3 Yet
There is not yet a poster for Better Call Saul Season 4 either. We can probably expect the Season 4 poster to debut close to the date of the Season 4 trailer drop. At this time, it is expected that the season will debut sometime in September 2018. This would make August 2018 as the projected date for the trailer, and likely for the poster, as well.
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