Michael Mando Says the ‘Better Call Saul’ Cast Realized ‘Life Is Short’ After Bob Odenkirk Had His Heart Attack


  • The Better Call Saul cast attended the season 6 premiere on April 7.
  • Michael Mando recalled when Bob Odenkirk had a heart attack when filming.
  • According to Mando, the cast realized “life is short” after the health scare.
Michael Mando joins the 'Better Call Saul' cast at the premiere for season 6. He's wearing a white collared shirt and black jacket.
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Better Call Saul is coming to an end, and the AMC show’s cast shared their feelings about the final episodes at the season 6 premiere. Michael Mando reflected on the series’ conclusion, as well as the moment it hit him that it was ending. According to him, he and his colleagues had a moment of clarity after Bob Odenkirk had a heart attack on set.

Michael Mando attended the premiere for ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6

The premiere for Better Call Saul Season 6 took place on April 7, with just under two weeks until the final season’s debut. Michael Mando was among the actors who attended the event, and he spoke with reporters about playing Nacho Varga for the past seven years. He also reflected on bidding farewell to the role, expressing his satisfaction with the character’s journey.

“Working on a character for so long, it’s like painting a canvas,” Mando told Variety. “Every season, you have new shapes and new colors. To finally look at this season and look at what this canvas actually is — and what the icon of Nacho actually is — it’s really my dream role.”

Still, it’s bittersweet that his journey as Nacho is coming to an end. When asked about the moment that realization hit him, the actor admitted the whole Better Call Saul cast had something of a wake-up call when Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack while filming.

The ‘Better Call Saul’ cast had a moment of clarity filming season 6

Those who have followed Better Call Saul through its production cycle will recall that lead actor Bob Odenkirk had a heart attack on set in July 2021. At the Better Call Saul Season 6 premiere, Michael Mando touched on what the rest of the cast was feeling when it happened.

The 40-year-old actor told Variety that he’s normally good at letting go of projects. However, Odenkirk’s health scare really increased his appreciation for every moment, on set and off:

“You know, I’ve moved around so much in my life. I’m really good at saying goodbye. I always say goodbye a little bit before. But this season was just unbelievable. And I think when Bob [Odenkirk], unfortunately, had his heart attack was that kind of real moment for all of us, where we go, ‘Life is short. Life is precious. Every good thing ends.'”

Fortunately, Odenkirk recovered from the heart attack and returned to his colleagues to finish season 6. He attended the AMC show’s premiere as well, and he echoed many of the Better Call Saul cast’s sentiments about the last outing. They all teased an epic conclusion to the Breaking Bad prequel — one that may even surpass the original series.

The cast teased an intense ending for the AMC show

As the cast of Better Call Saul walked the red carpet at the season 6 premiere, each actor had high praise for the coming finale. The final season will be broken into two separate parts, the first of which premieres in April. And it appears fans are in for a wild ride.

Early reviews of the coming episodes echo that sentiment, suggesting longtime fans will be satisfied with the conclusion and its ties to Breaking Bad. Only time will tell if Bob Odenkirk’s last outing as Saul Goodman lives up to all the hype.

The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul debuts on AMC on April 18.

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