Better Call Saul Season 5 ended a lengthy hiatus and presented criminal lawyer Saul Goodman in his full glory. At the Television Critics Association 2018 summer press tour, AMC went ahead and officially renewed Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s crime drama for a fifth season, the week before the fourth season even aired its first episode.
Better Call Saul is, of course, a Breaking Bad spinoff that tracks the evolution of slick attorney Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) into outright corrupt criminal attorney Saul Goodman. The show has been remarkably well received through four seasons and is a worthy follow-up prequel to one of TV’s best ever dramas. That last episode of season 4 sure took a big step in that direction.
Better Call Saul season 4 found Jimmy McGill fully embracing his new persona as Saul Goodman. Once at least pretending to be a respectable lawyer, Saul had every reason to break bad in season 5.
Follow along with all the reviews of the now-completed season below.
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode Guide
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 1: Magic Man
Now doing business as Saul Goodman, Jimmy unveils an unorthodox strategy for client development that tests Kim’s tolerance of his new legal persona; Lalo searches for the mysterious Michael, only to discover a problem within his own operation.
air date: 2/23/20
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 2: 50% Off
Jimmy’s promotional stunt has unintended consequences; Nacho takes extreme measures to earn Lalo’s trust; Saul is a success at the courthouse but still has yet to win Kim over; simmering with rage and self-loathing, Mike loses his temper.
air date: 2/24/20
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 3: The Guy For This
Jimmy’s business enters uncharted territory; Kim’s confidence is tested when she’s faced with a legal problem only she can solve; Nacho navigates increased pressure from Gus; Mike continues to spiral.
air date: 3/2/2020
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 4: Namaste
As Jimmy doubles down on Saul Goodman; a deeply conflicted Kim brings him an interesting proposition; Gus makes a sacrifice in order to play the long game; Mike attempts to smooth things over with his family.
air date: 3/9/2020
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 5: Dedicado a Max
Mike takes an impromptu trip out of town; as she and Jimmy grow closer over their campaign to help a client, Kim makes a surprising call.
air date: 3/16/2020
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 6: Wexler v. Goodman
Kim tries to pump the brakes on Jimmy’s latest scheme, but it may be too late to stop Saul; Mike turns the heat up on Lalo; Nacho attempts to enlist support from above.
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 7: JMM
Jimmy and Kim build a legal firewall with help from Huell; Kim sets things straight with her clients as Jimmy is compromised by his; Gus, at war on all fronts, calms troubled waters in service of his plot to build an empire; Mike does damage control.
air date: 3/30/2020
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 8: Bagman
When a simple errand for a client goes sideways, Jimmy is pushed to the limit; Mike takes measures to contain the wrath of the cartel; Lalo gets an unexpected visitor.
air date: 4/6/2020
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 9: Bad Choice Road
In the wake of Jimmy’s traumatic misadventure, Kim takes stock of what is important; Jimmy attempts to return to business as usual, but it’s more difficult than anticipated; Gus and Mike set a plan in motion.
air date: 4/13/2020
Better Call Saul Season 5 Episode 10: Something Unforgiveable
Jimmy and Kim make a sideways move that takes a serious turn; Nacho gets closer to the cartel than he’d like.
air date: 4/20/2020
Better Call Saul Season 5 Trailer
Hank Schrader is back! The trailer for Better Call Saul Season 5 is an ominously mellow montage, showing, amongst other things, Dean Norris reprising his role as Breaking Bad’s audacious DEA agent brother-in-law of Walter White, and connoisseur of minerals.
The cast and creators of Better Call Saul give context to what we’ve been seeing in the Season 5 trailers in a new featurette (via TV Line), seen just below.
The teaser seen below previews the inevitable decline of Jimmy and Kim’s relationship in the wake of the former’s Saul Goodman metamorphosis.
The first proper trailer, seen below, encourages you to step right up, folks.
In the teaser below, Jimmy/Saul emphasizes the point that lying is best performed “with feeling.”
Jimmy/Saul takes an ominously inauspicious ride in the clip below..
The behind-the-scenes video just below mixes new footage with cast interviews, reiterating the labor of love nature of the series.
For further consumption, you can also check out these “How To” videos featuring various characters from the series. One has Gus Fring showing us showing us (with just the right amount of violent innuendo,) how to properly iron a shirt. The previous videos show Lalo Salamanca making tacos, and Saul himself tying a tie.
Better Call Saul Season 5 Cast
Robert Forster, who passed away back in October, managed to reprise his Breaking Bad role as Ed, a.ka. The Disappearer, for Better Call Saul Season 5. Of course, Forster reprised said role in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. His return was revealed along with the news that Dean Norris will return as Hank Schrader.
It still remains to be seen whether Bryan Cranston will cameo in the prequel, but with El Camino covering some Walt territory, it’s possible that Cranston has done everything he needs to do in the Breaking Bad universe. Also, we wouldn’t count out another apperance from Micheal McKean’s Chuck via flashback, but this is all mere specualtion at the moment, unfortunately. We’ll have official cast details as soon as they are made available.
Better Call Saul Season 5 Story Details
AMC’s official description of Better Call Saul season 5 reads:
“In season five of the critically acclaimed drama, Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) decision to practice law as “Saul Goodman” creates unexpected and profound waves of change throughout Albuquerque’s legal and illegal circles. Kim Wexler finds herself at a crossroads as her connection with Jimmy deepens. Wracked with guilt and regret, Mike Ehrmantraut hits rock bottom. Meanwhile, Nacho Varga tries to survive as Gus Fring’s covert war on the cartel becomes a life-and-death chess match with the mercurial and relentless Lalo Salamanca.”
In an interview with the L.A. Times, Rhea Seehorn, who portrays Jimmy McGill’s love interest Kim Wexler, spoke a little bit about the Season 4 finale and how that will impact the Jimmy/Kim relationship going forward. The entire interview is interesting for Better Call Saul fans, but here’s Seehorn’s words about Kim heading into Season 5:
“That was a complex ending that was fun to play. It’s alarming and then also the fact that she felt scammed. And now she doesn’t really understand what he’s doing with the Saul Goodman thing, but at the same time, they’ve been smart to never make … Kim is not dense. She’s not being snowed. So the gulf between how well they actually know each other has been growing, and that’s sad and alarming.
“It remains to be seen what that full reaction will be. And where is he going with that? Because sometimes people will say, “I just can’t imagine Kim would stay with somebody that would order a hit on someone.” I’m like, “Well, Kim hasn’t seen Breaking Bad.” I can’t play that. [Laughs]”