'Better Call Saul' renewed for fifth season at AMC

Season 4 has not even aired yet but executives at AMC have already decided to renew 'Better Call Saul' for another season at the network.

                            'Better Call Saul' renewed for fifth season at AMC

The fourth season of AMC's 'Better Call Saul' is only scheduled to premiere on August 6, but the 'Breaking Bad' spinoff has already been renewed for a fifth season at the network. The news was confirmed at the show's 2018 TCA (Television Critics Association) tour where lead star Bob Odenkirk, who portrays lawyer Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman on the show, took to the stage to show off a washable tattoo of the 'Better Call Saul' logo emblazoned on his left arse cheek. Supposedly a measure of the star's commitment to the series, it was even accompanied by the date for the premiere of this upcoming season. 

Season 3 aired between April and June 2017 and left audiences with the prospect of Jimmy having to deal with brother Chuck's (Michael McKean) death. The older sibling had torn off the wiring inside his residence and set fire to the house with him inside, leaving many to wonder whether we would see him once again in season 4. However, the plot synopsis and soon, the trailer, confirmed that Chuck had indeed succumbed in the blaze. 

The description for season 4 reads, "In Better Call Saul‘s fourth season, Chuck’s death catalyzes Jimmy McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim — in jeopardy. Chuck’s death deeply affects former colleagues Howard and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill."

Season 3 had also explored a possible fraying of the relations between Jimmy and friend/love interest Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and a confrontation between Kim and former boss Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian). Elaborating on her character's evolution in season 4, Seehorn said, "What they did to Chuck, what Chuck did to himself, Chuck’s death, Jimmy’s reaction to it, what grief does to all of us... they have a huge impact," adding, "If you’ve ever been the person that’s supporting someone who is grieving, that has an impact on a relationship."

Season 4 will also most likely see the likes of Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), Michael Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), and Ignacio 'Nacho' Varga (Michael Mando) take on larger roles as the series slowly finds itself overlapping with its predecessor. 

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, creator Vince Gilligan had previously said, "Season four is so good. It gets darker, it gets richer. It's still got funny in it, but on the Venn diagram of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul', the overlap in the center is getting bigger and bigger," and also teased the introduction of a new character that has since been confirmed as one 'Lalo.'

However season 4 pans out, fans can now take solace in knowing that another season will be just around the corner.

The trailer for season 4 of 'Better Call Saul':