The Breaking Bad universe is seemingly to coming to an absolute end as the show's spin-off, Better Call Saul has now officially been renewed for a sixth but final season.
The spin-off focused on Breaking Bad's character, Saul Goodman in a prequel of his journey to becoming the edgy lawyer from Jimmy McGill.
AMC will bring Better Call Saul to a close with a 13-episode sixth and final season in 2021. Season five of the Breaking Bad prequel from Sony Pictures TV is set to premiere Feb. 23.
"From the beginning when we started this, I think all our hopes and dreams were to be able to tell the whole story ... and make it to be a complete story from beginning to end," showrunner Peter Gould revealed Thursday during the show's panel at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. "We're going to try like hell to stick the landing of these 63 episodes."
The official word comes months after Giancarlo Esposito, who has starred on both series, said in an interview that the plan was for Saul to go for six seasons. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter at the time that no endgame had been set.
"Greenlighting a prequel to one of the most iconic series in television history is one of the boldest swings that AMC has ever taken. But, thanks to the creative genius of [co-creators] Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, it has also been one of the most rewarding,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. "It has been an absolute joy to collaborate with the extraordinarily talented team on Better Call Saul, which — five seasons in — continues to deliver some of the best storytelling and most beautifully nuanced performances on television today. We congratulate Vince, Peter, our producers, writers and cast on a remarkable run and look forward to sharing this final chapter with fans.”
Saul's 13-episode final season will put it one episode ahead of its parent show, which ran for five seasons — the latter of which was broken in two and aired a year apart — and 62 episodes from 2008-13. Saul will finish with 63.
Another key Breaking Bad figure, Dean Norris' Hank Schrader, will appear in the show's fifth season, as will Steven Michael Quezada as Hank's fellow DEA agent, Steven Gomez. "[Episodes] three and four are especially close to our hearts, I think it's fair to say, because we have some of our Breaking Bad family returning: Dean Norris as Hank Schrader in episodes three and four, and Steven Michael Quezada," Gilligan said at TCA. "Working with Dean and Michael again was a highlight of the season."
Still not appearing: Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the two central figures in Breaking Bad. Gilligan is still holding out hope, however: "I would love to see them on Better Call Saul before it ends, so who knows," he said.