Better Call Saul was almost Canceled by AMC before the Season 6 Premiere

Producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Better Call Saul, developed for AMC, debuted in 2015 to show the origin story of Jimmy McGill, the attorney Saul Goodman in the Breaking Bad world. Six seasons of the show were shown until it ended on August 15 with a satisfying explanation for Bob Odenkirk’s lead character Jimmy Mcgill.

Fans were thrilled after the airing of Better Call Saul’s fifth season, which culminated in a fight between the Salamanca family and Gustavo Fring and set the stage for the series’ climactic events.

It anticipated how Jimmy McGill’s story arc would end in the post-Breaking Bad era. Most viewers watched Jimmy Mcgill receive a jail sentence for the numerous crimes he committed while assisting Walter White in creating his criminal empire. This was a fitting and well-written climax to the narrative.

Since the show’s creators even contemplated ending it before the series’ final episode aired, many viewers are undoubtedly unaware that this almost did not happen.

Better Call Saul creator Peter Gould reportedly announced that the show would finish its sixth season during the 2020 TCA press tour.
There is little question that the AMC crime drama’s creators had this planned from the beginning. Still, an unforeseen circumstance during the filming of season 6 of the show led them to believe that it would no longer be possible and that they would have to discontinue the program.

Showrunner Peter Gould talked about Bob Odenkirk’s heart attack on set in a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Remember how Saul Goodman was sent to the hospital during season six of Better Call Saul filming after getting life-saving first aid? The series’ makers acknowledged that they had no backup plan in place should the lead character decide to leave the show.

“There’s no backup plan for the lead having a heart attack. That’s impossible. That reminds you that as worrying and important as entertainment seems-and, we all feel like it’s life and death when We worked on these series; always felt like I’m about to get crushed by a rock-it’s not,” he recalled. “it’s an entertainment.”

“When I was still in the hospital, [Bob] would call me and say, Maybe you should send me some scripts. Naomi, his wife, was in the background saying, Don’t send scripts. We didn’t have a backup plan because there couldn’t be any. We would have scrapped the whole thing.”

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