The Sony Pictures Television-produced show has handed the Emmy-nominated Breaking Bad prequel a 13-episode season to go into production later this year and air in 2021.
The news was announced during the Better Call Saul panel at the TCA winter press tour.
This comes ahead of the launch of Season 5, which kicks off with a two-night premiere event on February 23 and February 24. Season 5, which is 10 episodes, follows Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) decision to practice law as “Saul Goodman,” which creates unexpected and profound waves of change for those in his orbit.
The show also stars Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Tony Dalton and Giancarlo Esposito and is executive produced by Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein and Thomas Schnauz.
“From Day 1 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,” showrunner and executive producer Peter Gould said. “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.”
“Greenlighting a prequel to one of the most iconic series in television history is one of the boldest swings that AMC has ever taken,” said Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “But, thanks to the creative genius of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, it has also been one of the most rewarding. 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.”
Added Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television: “Like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is brilliant storytelling at its best. Vince and Peter have created a fascinating world and compelling characters that are unlike anything else on television. And the exceptional performances of this extraordinary cast have charmed and captivated audiences every season. While we are sad that this remarkable series is coming to a close, we can’t wait for Vince and Peter to divulge the sensational conclusion.”