Better Call Saul Season 7 : There was no way to imagine that the sequel of Breaking Bad could have the same quality as the original. We were astonished that Better Call Saul could possibly surpass the show with something better.
However, is there too much good in a good thing? Could the return of Saul’s narrative, and even a spin-off diminish the impact of these two absolutely excellent shows?
What is the reason Better Call Saul was cancelled?
In a speech at during the TCA public relations tour for 2020 Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould revealed that the show will end with the sixth and final season.
“From the first day in Better Call Saul I had a dream to tell the entire story of our complex and flawed hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are helping to make this dream come true” he told Express. (via Express).
“We are so grateful to the critics and fans who make this possible. The month ahead we begin working to finish the season in the 6th and last season. we’ll strive to keep the landing. on the right path.”
AMC Studios President Sarah Barnett added: “Greenlighting the prequel to one of the more enduring shows on television is among the biggest decisions AMC has ever made. However, because of the genius that is Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould this has also been an extremely satisfying.”
Since the show’s creation the show’s producer Vince Gilligan has explained why season six ended in the end as the finale (via The Hollywood Reporter): “You’ve to be aware of when you’re ready to leave the event. You don’t want to be that person who has the lamp shade hanging over the top of his forehead… I’m sure I was asked the exact question at the conclusion the final episode of Breaking Bad and I had the same response But I’m trying to show my self that I’m certainly not a one trick pony.”
It’s becoming a rare thing nowadays, Better Call Saul was able end in its own way instead of preparing for the sudden cancellation. This allowed the writers to build their story slowly and then catch up with Breaking Bad’s storyline by the time of the final episode.
With nothing left to tell from the past, and with the future Saul episodes that looked further in the future with Breaking Bad, it appears that Saul’s story has reached a natural conclusion. But there was a moment some time ago it was no longer feasible.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter the show’s director Peter Gould opened up about the setback to production that occurred after Bob Odenkirk had a heart attack while on the set.
“There’s no backup plan in case you end up in case you suffer heart attack. That’s impossible. It reminds us that as busy and important as entertainment can be like – and we all think it’s a matter of life and death as we work on these shows and I often feel that I’m at risk of being hit by a stone – there’s no way,” he recalled. “It’s an opportunity to entertain yourself.”
After a few weeks, Odenkirk returned to set in order to complete filming the final seasons on Better Call Saul. As Gould recounts, Bob was raring to go:
“When the patient was being treated in the hospital kept calling me and said”I think you should provide me with several scripts.’ Naomi his wife was listening in the background and said”Don’t send me scripts.’ I’m not sure if i’ve replied to the question regarding backup plans and backup plans, but there could be no backup plans. There wouldn’t be an event. We’d have abandoned the whole thing.”
Thankfully, all went well so the entire story could be recorded until the end.