Better Call Saul season 6 showrunner Peter Gould says fans should get themselves ready for a “painful” first half finale cliffhanger.
Better Call Saul season 6 showrunner promises a big mid-season finale cliffhanger. For the first time ever, a season of Better Call Saul is being aired in two halves with a long mid-season break. The first half of season 6 is set to air on AMC on Monday, May 23, with the second half not premiering until July 11.
Of course the first half of Better Call Saul season 6 has already seen its fair share of monumental story developments. Obviously no development was bigger than the death of Nacho, who shot himself rather than be killed by Hector Salamanca and the Cousins. Besides Nacho’s tragic demise, the first run of Better Call Saul season 6 episodes has largely been taken up by Jimmy and Kim’s plan to take down Howard Hamlin, using an elaborate scheme to frame Howard as an unhinged drug user in the eyes of Clifford Main. All this scheming by Jimmy and Kim of course comes with Lalo still alive and plotting an elaborate revenge against Gus Fring.
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It remains to be seen how the various plot-lines from the first half of Better Call Saul season 6 ultimately play out. But it appears fans are in for a very big cliffhanger in the first half finale two episodes hence on May 23, as teased by showrunner Peter Gould. Speaking to TVLine, Gould said:
“This is a big one. I think this is going to be a painful few weeks for a few people to find out what happens. Hopefully, people will enjoy the pain and not come after us with torches.”
It appears however that this big and potentially painful mid-season 6 cliffhanger was not originally in the cards when Better Call Saul’s final run of episodes was being written. According to Gould, he and the writers had no idea the season would be divided into two halves when they were originally conceiving it. And Gould says that each season 6 episode ends in a cliffhanger more-or-less, but that the one at the end of episode 7 just happens to be larger than most.
Of course Gould gives no hints as to the nature of this huge upcoming Better Call Saul cliffhanger. The episode in question does happen to be titled “Plan and Execution,” which could be a tease that Lalo’s revenge plot against Fring is about to pay off, with Lalo himself possibly being the one who faces literal “execution” (perhaps with the gun Fring was seen hiding inside his unfinished meth lab in episode 5). But obviously Lalo’s plan is not the only one being unspooled in Better Call Saul season 6. There’s also Kim and Jimmy’s plan, which took an incredible twist in episode 5 when Howard figured out who was tormenting him, and challenged Jimmy to a literal fight inside a boxing ring.
Whatever does end up happening as the first half of BCS season 6 wraps up, it seems fans might have reason to be angry about being kept in suspense until July 11. Indeed, if this cliffhanger is as painful as Gould teases, it most likely involves Kim, who is of course the one character Better Call Saul fans are most worried about. Given that the show has sort of teased that Mike could end up killing Kim, the pieces seem to be in place for the kind of drama that might cause fans to pick up torches.
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