Even the most optimistic “Breaking Bad” fan didn’t expect to love the spinoff prequel, “Better Call Saul,” as much as the original. But thanks to incredible acting and storytelling, that’s exactly what happened. The show received rave reviews because of lead actor Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill) especially.
Now the series is about to launch its sixth and final season, which Odenkirk admitted is a bittersweet reality. The Emmy-award winning actor recalled having a “little breakdown” while filming the last season of “Better Call Saul” and experiencing his last turn as everyone’s favorite crooked lawyer.
Odenkirk described the experience in an interview with The Guardian.
“The other day, I kind of had a little breakdown on the set, where I got pretty emotional. I couldn’t do the scene,” he told the publication. But the actor explained how he hadn’t fully processed the series ending and this moment was a reflection of that.
“I don’t know what to do about it,” he said, laughing. “My brain is like: ‘F*** it. What else we got? Think about something else.’”
In the past five seasons, “Better Call Saul” transformed from a “Breaking Bad” spinoff into a phenomenon that can stand on its own. The series, which was originally pitched as a comedy but became a drama, includes a slow burn that’s big on character development. Season 5 ramped up the drama, leaving fans anxious to see how the story of Jimmy McGill concludes in the series finale.
Odenkirk recently wrote his memoir, which is being released March 1. The Guardian wrote how the actor described the show by saying it “beat me up and left me by the side of the road, gasping for breath, but I gave it everything I had.”
The “Breaking Bad” alum is glad he didn’t find extreme success early in his career. Odenkirk worked on big-name projects like “SNL” when he was younger, but didn’t find real notoriety until “Breaking Bad” made Saul Goodman a household name. The actor reflected on how the timing was a blessing.
“I certainly had a feeling of: ‘Oh my God, if this happened to me when I was 24, that’ll mess you up.’ Somehow I don’t think I have to worry about being too famous now. I’m 59, I don’t have that much time left,” he told The Guardian with a laugh. “I had a f***ing heart attack!” he shouted, “I mean, come on.”
The actor was referring to an incident that also happened while filming season 6 of the series. Odenkirk collapsed on set after suffering what he described as a “small heart attack.” He spent a few weeks recovering and then went right back to work.
According to Variety, “Better Call Saul” will be split into two parts. The series returns to AMC on April 18 with the first seven episodes while the second six episodes are scheduled to drop July 11.
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