All You Need To Know about AMC series Better Call Saul

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All You Need To Know about AMC series Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul finished wrapping up its season 5th finale recently in April and fans are already begging for more. In fact, due to its immense popularity, the show is going to have yet another season.

If you’re a first-time watcher and want to know in detail about the series before jumping straight into it, then you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s discuss the premise at which the story is built and know more about all the characters in the AMC series.

The Premise

Centered around Saul Goodman, the AMC show depicts the life of James McGill prior to the events of Breaking Bad, spanning from 2002 to 2008. The show’s executive producers are the same producers who worked in Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

For the most part, the crime drama series follows Jimmy’s antics as a criminal lawyer before he established a law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You’ll see the moral transformation of Jimmy, from a small-time con-artist to an ostentatious lawyer.

However, it should be clear by now that you shouldn’t watch the series before completing Breaking Bad. And if you’re planning to take a look at its review before delving then watch out for spoilers. The show has already premiered five seasons till now.

List of Seasons from Air Date

The pilot episode aired on the AMC network on February 8th, 2015. The season 1st ended on April 6th, 2015, and it won Critics Choice Awards in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category.

Season 2nd aired from February 15th to April 18th, 2016, Season 3rd from April 10th to June 19th, 2017, Season 4th from August 6th to October 8th, 2018.

Nevertheless, the show recently aired the season 5th finale on April 20, 2020, with the final season scheduled to release soon.

Better Call Saul Became Critically Acclaimed

The spin-off actually paved the way for many upcoming series and showed how to handle a prequel of an already outstanding show. Famed critic Stuart Henderson had always been skeptical about spin-offs but with Better Call Saul, his opinion differed.

Incidentally, after several seasons even critics were amazed as to how the series turned out. According to them, with the addition of new characters like Kim, Nacho, and Lalo, fans were quite invested in speculating about their fate which made the show more worthwhile.

The ratings for each season are as follows:

  • Season 1 – 97% (Rotten Tomatoes) and 78 (Metacritic)
  • Season 2 – 97% (Rotten Tomatoes) and 85 (Metacritic)
  • Season 3 – 97% (Rotten Tomatoes) and 87 (Metacritic)
  • Season 4 – 99% (Rotten Tomatoes) and 87 (Metacritic)
  • Season 5- 99% (Rotten Tomatoes) and 92 (Metacritic)

List of All Main Characters

The show has numerous characters from the original series, Breaking Bad. Regardless, it is interesting to see how the show has introduced so many new characters.

  • Bob Odenkirk plays the main protagonist Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill.
  • Jonathan Banks plays Mike Ehrmantrau, a former Police officer.
  • Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Saul’s romantic interest.
  • Patrick Fabian plays Howard Hamlin.
  • Michael Mando is Nacho Varga.
  • Michael McKean is Saul’s older brother, Chuck McGill.
  • Giancarlo Esposito plays Gus Fring.
  • Tony Dalton plays Lalo Salamanca.
  • Kerry Condon played Mike’s daughter-in-law Stacey Ehrmantraut in Season 1.
  • Steven Levine and Daniel Spenser Levine as Lars and Cal Lindholm in Season 1.