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‘Better Call Saul’ to end with sixth season

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill and Frances Lee McCain as Judge Chapak in a scene from the fifth season of “Better Call Saul.” (Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Saul Goodman’s journey will come to an end.

A little over a month until the fifth season of “Better Call Saul” begins to air, AMC announced that the Emmy nominated series will get a sixth and final season.

According to AMC, the final season will be 13 episodes and air in 2021.

“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,” said Peter Gould, showrunner and executive producer. “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.”

The TV series has filmed in Albuquerque since 2014.

“Better Call Saul” is a “Breaking Bad” prequel, focusing on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman before he became Walter White’s lawyer. In its fourth season, the series averaged 1.5 million viewers. The fifth season premieres on Feb. 23 on AMC.

“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 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.”

“Better Call Saul” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Tony Dalton and Giancarlo Esposito.

“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,” said Jeff Frost, president, Sony Pictures 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.”

When the series concludes, “Better Call Saul” will have aired 63 episodes. During its run, “Breaking Bad” aired 62 episodes.

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