NME Festival blog: ‘Better Call Saul’ renewed for fifth season ahead of its return to Netflix next month

Star Bob Odenkirk bares new arse ‘tattoo’ to celebrate the show’s success

Better Call Saul has been renewed for a fifth season, ahead of the series returning next month.

The Breaking Bad prequel premiered in 2015 and saw Bob Odenkirk reprise his role of lawyer Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman). Its fourth season was announced back in June last year, with the new 10-episode instalment dropping August 6 on Netflix.

Now, it’s been confirmed at the 2018 TCA tour that season five is definitely going ahead. Showing his commitment and celebrating the show’s bright future, star Odenkirk exposed a ‘tattoo’ of the Better Call Saul logo on his left arse cheek – complete with the season four air date. Why not?

Earlier this month, Odenkirk revealed that he initially thought that the spin-off “was a huge risk”.

“I always thought it was a huge risk, and all I wanted was [creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould] to do it for their own reasons, and not because I asked them to do it or pressured them to do it,” he said.

“So I basically backed off every single time it was suggested to me. I think Vince might have thought it was kind of weird to suggest to an actor, ‘What if I create a show for you?,’ and have that actor look at him and go, ‘I dunno. It’s your free time. Do what you want with your time.’”

Meanwhile, a trailer for the upcoming fourth season was unveiled recently. It begins with Jimmy McGill asking: “Do you know why God made snakes before lawyers? He needed the practice”. The clip gives glimpses of McGill’s life away from his day job as a consequence of his suspension from practicing law.




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