Just when it was getting good, AMC has pressed the pause button on Better Call Saul Season 6. It aired the latest episode on Monday, May 23, leaving fans to wait to find out what happens after that shocking midseason finale and what exactly Lalo Salamanca wants to “talk” about. While there’s usually a long wait between seasons, this time, more Better Call Saul Season 6 episodes are just around the corner.
[Warning: This article contains spoilers from Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 7.]
Howard Hamlin’s death in ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 ‘propels’ everything that happens next
The latest episode ended with a literal bang with the death of Patrick Fabian’s Howard Hamlin. He had gone to the Goodman home to confront them about the Sandpiper scam when he was greeted by murderous cartel member Lalo Salamanca. Before Howard could even figure out who Lalo was, he was shot and killed with a gunshot to the head.
Series co-creator Peter Gould teased that Howard’s death would greatly affect Saul Goodman and Kim Wexler because, in some kind of way, they caused it.
“That’s the story of the rest of the series: What do they take away from this horrible incident that happened right in their living room?” Gould told Vanity Fair. “That really propels everything that happens next — and I could not be prouder of what happens next. I think it’s very human and real, but I think, to me anyway, it’s very unpredictable.”
Answers about what Lalo does next ‘will be forthcoming’ as well
Meanwhile, Lalo has to figure out what to do about Gus Fring. After realizing that Gus knows about his survival, Lalo switched over to Plan B, but he didn’t exactly say what that means.
“I don’t want to give anything away, because you’re going to learn a lot more in upcoming episodes,” Gould said of Lalo’s plan, in a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly. “But Lalo clearly was surprised by the fact that Mike was there waiting for him at the laundry.”
“He had no idea how well-defended the laundry was,” he continued. “He’s been at a disadvantage. He now realizes, ‘They’re waiting for me. They know that I’m still alive somehow.’ But through knowing that, he now has a little bit of an advantage. He knows what Gus Fring knows, and Gus Fring doesn’t know that he knows it. There’s a whole level of 4D chess going on.”
Gould teased that Saul and Kim may or may not be central to Lalo’s plan for revenge.
He shared: “One of the questions that I hope people who are watching the show are asking is: ‘Wait, why did he go to Jimmy and Kim? What’s he up to? Is he just settling old scores because he can’t get to Gustavo Fring now? Or is there something else going on now?’ Answers will be forthcoming.”
The final episodes of ‘Better Call Saul’ to include more characters from ‘Breaking Bad’
When it comes to the cast, viewers can expect the return of regular actors Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman), Rhea Seehorn (Kim Wexler), Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut), Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring), and Tony Dalton (Lalo Salamanca). Gould added that Ed Begley Jr.’s Cliff Main might also be back.
In addition to that, viewers will see more Breaking Bad actors appear on the show as it gets closer to the Breaking Bad timeline. That notably includes Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, who appeared in the original series as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman respectively.
“I think it would be odd if Walt and Jesse didn’t make an appearance. So I’m excited that we did and how we did,” Paul told The Hollywood Reporter.
When does ‘Better Call Saul’ come back on?
A new episode of Better Call Saul will air on July 11, followed by the remaining five on Monday nights after that. Details about the back half of the season are more limited, but writer and producer Thomas Schnauz seems confident with what they’ve come up with.
“I’m basically not allowed to say anything,” he told TVLine, laughing. “But I’m very, very proud of them. We don’t spell a lot of things out for the audience, so hopefully, everything ties together in a way that is satisfying for the audience, so when we get to the end of [Season 6], the Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul of it and the Gene world all make sense.”