Produced by AMC and written by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, Better Call Saul is a legal crime drama set in the United States. It is a continuation of the Breaking Bad franchise and a prequel to Gilligan’s first series, Breaking Bad (2008-2013). The AMC series Better Call Saul debuted on February 8, 2015, and ran for six seasons and 63 episodes before ending on August 15, 2022. As the saying goes, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”
Why Did ‘Better Call Saul Season 7’ Get Canceled?
Showrunner Peter Gould said in 2020 at the TCA press tour that Season 6 of Better Call Saul would be the last.
“From day one of Better Call Saul, my dream was to tell the complete story of our complicated and compromised hero, Jimmy McGill – now AMC and Sony are making that dream come true,” he added (via Express).
“We couldn’t be more grateful to the fans and critics who are making this journey possible. Next month we start work on the sixth and final season – we’re going to do our damnedest to stick the landing.”
AMC Studios president Sarah Barnett remarked, “Greenlighting a prequel to one of the most iconic series in television history is one of the boldest swings AMC has ever taken. But, thanks to the creative genius of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, it has also been one of the most rewarding.”
Since then, creator Vince Gilligan has stated (via The Hollywood Reporter) why season six was ultimately the last chapter: “You’ve got to know when to leave the party. You don’t want to be the guy with the lampshade on his head… I know I was asked the same thing at the end of Breaking Bad and gave the same answer, but I need to prove that I’m not a one-trick pony.”
Rather than being canceled suddenly, Better Call Saul could wrap up on its terms, which is increasingly unusual in modern television. Because of this, the writers could take their time and catch up to Breaking Bad’s plot by the end of the series.
Saul’s journey seems to have concluded naturally, as there is no more backstory to tell, and Breaking Bad even showed scenes set in the future for Saul. However, there was a time within the past few months when it appeared that wouldn’t be possible.
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— Chuck McGill #EmmyForKimmy (@CrazyChuck1215) December 13, 2022
Showrunner Peter Gould discussed the setback caused by Bob Odenkirk’s heart attack on filming in a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“There’s no backup plan for your lead [having] a heart attack. That’s impossible. It reminds you that as preoccupied and as important as entertainment feels – and we all feel like it’s life and de@th as we’re working on these shows; I always feel like I’m on the verge of getting crushed by a boulder – it’s not,” he recalled. “It’s a piece of entertainment.”
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Odenkirk returned to the set of Better Call Saul five weeks later to film the show’s conclusion. According to Gould, Bob was ready to go:
“When he was still in the hospital, [Bob] called me, saying: ‘Maybe you should send me some scripts.’ Naomi, his wife, was in the background saying: ‘Don’t send scripts.’ I don’t know if I’ve answered the question about backup plans, but there can be none. We wouldn’t have had a show. We would’ve scrapped the whole thing.”
Thankfully, everything worked out and the story was completed.