‘Better Call Saul’ Showrunner Peter Gould Teases Fans With Big Clues Before Season 6 — ‘Keep Your Eye On That Bottle Stopper’
The last thing Better Call Saul showrunner Peter Gould would do is reveal what’s going to happen to Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler next season.
Sure, Breaking Bad fans are aware that eventually he’ll become shady criminal lawyer Saul Goodman. But the prequel series is proving that the journey from Jimmy to Saul is more intriguing than the outcome.
Gould, who served as co-executive producer on Breaking Bad, knows that he doesn’t have an easy task doing Saul’s story justice. He didn’t give away any spoilers for season 6, but he did reveal a few key questions that fans should be asking. The showrunner also gave one major clue about a scene from the latest season of Better Call Saul.
Future Saul Goodman is hiding in Omaha under an alias
Saul Goodman’s future self is shown toiling as a Cinnabon manager at a mall in Omaha while hiding out from Albuquerque law enforcement. Under the alias Gene Takovic, Saul lives a sad, empty life alone — until he gets recognized by a shady cab driver.
Audiences last see Gene deciding against getting a new identity and insisting on handling the interloper personally. It’s assumed we’ll see what happens to Gene in season 6, which Gould confirmed is true.
Peter Gould says to focus on Gene Takovic’s fate
The showrunner told Entertainment Weekly that eager fans should pay close attention to those flashforward scenes.
“Anybody who watches the show carefully and is thinking about where this is all going, one of the questions you have to ask yourself is: ‘What does this man deserve?’” Gould explained.
He continued: “Not just: ‘What’s going to happen to him?,’ but ‘What would be a deserving end to this? Does Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman/Gene Takovic deserve death? Does he deserve love? What would be the most fitting end for this guy — for the show?’ Obviously, the end for everybody is death, but that may not be where we leave this guy. Is there any way for him to win any redemption after everything that he’s done?”
Peter Gould hinted at 1 major clue about Kim Wexler’s future
The Better Call Saul creator didn’t stop there. When it comes to Kim’s fate, Gould urged fans to recall one pivotal moment from season 5.
Kim quits at Schweikart & Cokely, leaving most of her possessions behind. However, she goes back to her desk and retrieves a key item: the bottle stopper from the Zafiro Anejo tequila bottle stopper she kept after a con.
“Keep your eye on the bottle stopper,” Gould advised Better Call Saul fans. But why?
The bottle stopper represents Kim making a moral choice
At the end of season 5, Kim surprised Jimmy and fans by suggesting that she wanted to take down Howard Hamlin by discrediting him and forcing a settlement on the Sandpiper case. If she goes through with this plan, it would make Kim the ultimate con person, not Jimmy.
The bottle stopper represents a similar moment. In season 2, Kim and Jimmy pull a con on a rich stockbroker. They pretend to be investors thinking of employing him but then just stick him with the bill for a bottle of pricey tequila. The stopper represents Kim choosing to ignore her conscience in favor of getting what she wants.
Gould’s warning seems to say that Kim will put on a conniving persona whenever the bottle stopper is involved. It’ll be a key element to watch in the final season.
Better Call Saul Season 6 is scheduled to premiere on AMC in 2021.