“I’m number one on your speed dial, right next to your weed dealer.” When a lawyer drops lines like that, you better believe he means business, especially when it’s a lawyer as colorful as Jimmy McGill (or Saul Goodman, for those who prefer his more flamboyant alias).
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AMC’s wildly popular crime drama series, Better Call Saul, takes us on a rollercoaster ride through the life of Jimmy, or should I say James, McGill. From an aspiring do-gooder to a morally flexible and somewhat scummy criminal attorney, Jimmy’s evolution into Saul is a whirlwind of navigating the treacherous waters of the Mexican drug cartel, offering assistance to criminals, and reimagining his identity (and rebranding his legal services) in ways he probably never anticipated. And now, the story is hurtling toward its conclusion as the second part of Better Call Saul Season 6 is set to premiere on July 11, 2022.
This crime drama series, masterminded by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, is a spin-off of the iconic show Breaking Bad (also created by Vince Gilligan), sharing several characters, including the unforgettable Saul Goodman. Across six seasons, we’ve seen characters come and go, but it’s the ones who keep the narrative churning that truly define the show. They may not all be virtuous, but they’re certainly fascinating, with just the right amount of moral ambiguity to keep us guessing.
The most exciting bit of casting news for this final season is the return of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, reprising their iconic roles as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, albeit in guest appearances. However, it’s unlikely they’ll have a significant role in Season 6. So, let’s not focus on them for now.
With that aside, let’s delve into a roundup of all the major characters who’ve graced or will grace Better Call Saul Season 6, as we brace ourselves for the thrilling climax of this incredible story.
Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman / Gene Takavic
A former conman, Jimmy McGill embarks on a path shadowed by his older brother’s legacy, striving to make it as an earnest lawyer. He endeavors to do right, but the harsh realities of life and the legal world constantly test his resolve. Eventually, he decides to throw caution to the wind and takes a dark turn in his career and personal life, adopting the persona of Saul Goodman – a name that will irrevocably alter his destiny. Jimmy McGill is a character with many shades, including his keen sense of humor, quick-witted one-liners, and a vibrant personality that helps him navigate the most challenging situations.
Taking on the role of this multifaceted protagonist is Bob Odenkirk. Odenkirk is more than just an actor; he’s a versatile talent, celebrated as a comedian, writer, director, and producer. His impressive resume spans a wide range of television shows and films, including well-known titles such as Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, How I Met Your Mother, Entourage, Fargo, and The Birthday Boys, among many others. He initially brought the character of Saul Goodman to life in Breaking Bad before the character’s journey continued in the spin-off series, Better Call Saul.
Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut
Mike is undeniably an integral character in the Breaking Bad universe, but his past and how he found himself in that world are stories unraveled in Better Call Saul. Mike, a retired cop with a somewhat murky moral compass, has a complex journey. He’s been everything from a humble parking lot security guard to a fiercely loyal bodyguard for a drug lord, even transitioning into the role of a private investigator. Ultimately, he becomes a fixer for the Juarez cartel, a role that intertwines with his presence in Breaking Bad. Throughout these transformations, his relationship with Jimmy remains both on and off, and one constant is his unwavering protectiveness toward his daughter-in-law and granddaughter. The upcoming final season of Better Call Saul will shed light on how Mike gets involved with the cartel and the evolving dynamics with Jimmy, his daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.
Jonathan Banks brings Mike Ehrmantraut to life with his exceptional acting. Banks is not only renowned for his portrayal of Mike in Breaking Bad but also reprised the role in the sequel spin-off, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. His illustrious film career includes notable performances in Airplane!, 48 Hrs., and Beverly Hills Cop. In the realm of television, he’s made his mark in popular shows like Wiseguy, Fired up, and Community, among others.
Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler
In the world of Better Call Saul, prominent female characters are a rarity, but among the select few, Kim Wexler undoubtedly stands at the forefront. When we first meet Kim, she’s a young and determined lawyer, striving to make her mark in a profession dominated by men. She’s not only a rising legal star but also Jimmy’s love interest. Their journey takes an unexpected turn as they tie the knot in the fifth season, primarily for legal convenience. However, this move puts Kim at risk due to Jimmy’s new identity and his connections with the drug cartel. As the fifth season concludes, Kim’s character undergoes a profound transformation, evolving from an idealistic lawyer into something entirely unexpected. The forthcoming final season promises to cast Kim Wexler in an entirely new light.
Rhea Seehorn brilliantly portrays Kim Wexler in the series. Her acting prowess extends to earlier television shows like I’m With Her, Whitney, Franklin & Bash, and Veep, among others. Notably, Seehorn has received three well-deserved awards for her exceptional performance as Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul.
Giancarlo Esposito as Gus/Gustavo Fring
Gustavo, commonly known as Gus, is a Chilean-American figure in the drug trade, primarily operating in New Mexico and the southwestern United States. What sets him apart from the typical drug lord is his ability to maintain a facade of legitimate business. He cleverly employs various legal ventures, including the popular fried chicken restaurant chain, Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Brothers), to conceal his drug distribution activities. At first glance, Gus appears as an educated and intelligent entrepreneur, fostering a positive work environment for his restaurant staff. However, his ruthless side surfaces in his dealings with the Salamanca family, as he seeks to eliminate them from the drug trade. In a complex web of alliances and motivations, Gus forms connections with the likes of Jimmy and Mike, using them to further his interests. To put it simply, Gus Fring is a multi-faceted character, and it’s often difficult to discern which side he’s truly on.
The talented Giancarlo Esposito brings Gus Fring to life on screen, and he has received well-deserved acclaim for his portrayal in Breaking Bad. Esposito’s acting portfolio extends beyond his iconic role in the Breaking Bad universe, with notable performances in TV series such as Homicide: Life on the Street, The $treet, Dear White People, and more recent projects like The Mandalorian, The Boys, and Godfather of Harlem. His versatility as an actor continues to shine.
Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin
Howard serves as the managing partner at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, a firm where Jimmy’s late brother, Chuck, also held a position as a partner. He’s not just an ex-boss to Jimmy and Kim but also embroiled in a peculiar sort of rivalry with Jimmy. Howard embodies the classic traits of a successful lawyer – he’s sharp, determined, and exceedingly ambitious. His ongoing efforts to undermine Jimmy and push him out of the legal world have been a recurring theme. However, it’s Kim who eventually puts him in his place, and this experience significantly affects Howard’s mental state. In the upcoming sixth season, Howard is set to revert to his previous self and launch a case to disbar Jimmy. With Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, this sets the stage for a major showdown between Hamlin and Hamlin and Goodman.
Patrick Fabian, a versatile actor known for his work in stage, television, and film, brings Howard Hamlin to life. His film credits include roles in End Game, The Last Exorcism, Pig, and more. Additionally, Fabian has made appearances in popular television series such as Saved by the Bell: The College Years, various CSI franchises, 24, Desperate Housewives, and many others. His contributions to the world of entertainment are diverse and noteworthy.
Michael Mando as Nacho Varga
Nacho is a young and ambitious member of the Salamanca gang, holding the distinction of being Tuco Salamanca’s most trusted confidant and a key figure in the cartel. His path crosses with Jimmy McGill during Jimmy’s early days in practice when he represents Nacho, forming an unusual understanding between them. Despite his alignment with the criminal world, Nacho attempts to protect Jimmy from certain predicaments. However, when Tuco’s cousin, Lalo, assumes control in Tuco’s absence, Nacho’s role diminishes, leading him to conspire with Gus to eliminate Lalo. As the final season unfolds, Nacho’s plans unravel, and he finds himself on the run as Lalo intensifies his pursuit, intent on revenge.
Portraying the character of Nacho Varga is the talented Michael Mando, a Canadian actor widely recognized for his role as Vic Schmidt in the sci-fi series Orphan Black and for lending his voice and likeness to Vaas Montenegro in the video game Far Cry 3. Mando has also graced American television series with his presence, including shows like Psych, Covert Affairs, and The Killing, among others. His diverse acting portfolio showcases his versatility and contribution to the entertainment world.
Tony Dalton as Lalo Salamanca
Lalo, the nephew of cartel lord Hector Salamanca, holds the distinction of being the cousin to Tuco Salamanca and the Salamanca Twins, Marco and Leonel. Upon Hector’s incapacitation and Tuco’s imprisonment, Lalo crosses the border from Mexico to Albuquerque and takes charge of the cartel’s operations. Despite his charming demeanor and penchant for luxury, Lalo remains profoundly distrustful of those around him, especially Nacho, whom he views with suspicion from the outset. Lalo’s resourcefulness becomes evident when he thwarts an assassination attempt by Nacho at his own estate in Mexico, and he is now resolutely driven to eliminate his adversaries.
The role of Lalo Salamanca is masterfully portrayed by Tony Dalton, an accomplished screenwriter and producer who has primarily contributed to Mexican films and television. In addition to his remarkable performance in Better Call Saul, Dalton has made appearances in American television series such as Sense 8 and Hawkeye, and has also graced the silver screen in films like Colombiana.
As the final season of Better Call Saul unfolds, viewers can look forward to the return of some familiar characters from previous seasons, including Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca, Ed Begley Jr. as Clifford Main, the founding partner of Davis & Main Attorney’s at Law, and Daniel and Luis Moncada as Leonel and Marco Salamanca, among others. These characters add depth and intrigue to the narrative as the series reaches its conclusion.