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It’s been two years since Better Call Saul aired a new episode — so you’d be well advised to rewatch the season 5 finale before diving into the sixth and final season, which airs April 18 AMC premieres.

There are a lot of moving parts here and if you’re like me you need a refresher course to catch up on who’s who and what as Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) transforms into Saul Goodman.

The first two episodes of Season 6 don’t differ much from the show’s canon: alternately riveting and clumsy, they’re punctuated by a cinematography template that Better Call Saul inherited from its predecessor, Breaking Bad. (It was fresh and new…back then.)

Enough with close-ups of bugs crawling on the parched desert floor, or of dripping water, or unorthodox camera angles. We get it. Case in point: the overly lengthy five-minute season opening sequence, which, while admirably artistic, could have been cut in half and still made its point. (It leaps into a post-Better Call Saul world like all of its predecessors, but differs in one key respect.)

Better Call Saul doesn’t need those embellishments — its strong acting, writing, and direction stand alone and have always done since the show premiered in 2015 (back in the Michael McKean/Chuck McGill Salad days).

Season 6 begins immediately after the events of the season 5 finale. Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) is on the run from the life-threatening Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton), who survived a botched assassination attempt involving Nacho (refresher: He unlocked the back gate of Lalo’s Mexican mansion so the gunmen could enter. Bad move all around). The attempt on Lalo’s life has left the drug lord bloody but not unbowed – and thirsting for revenge.

Photo of Michael Mando as Nacho Varga.  He is sitting on a bed in a shabby hotel room.  He's wearing a t-shirt and sweating.
Nacho (Michael Mando) is on the run from Lalo Salamanca in the new season of Better Call Saul.
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Tony Dalton as Lalo Salamanca.  He stands in the desert with his arms crossed and wears a red headscarf.
Tony Dalton plays Lalo Salamanca, who seeks revenge after a botched attempt on his life.
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Back in New Mexico, Jimmy/Saul (Bob Odenkirk) is recovering from the season five ambush in the Mexican desert – sunburned, but otherwise he’s getting his sea legs back (or is he?) He and his wife Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) plan to sabotage the sleazy Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) Career, though Kim, who left her law practice last season, enjoys handling pro bono cases for the underprivileged. Very subtle cracks in their relationship began to show up late in Season 5 regarding their ethics and how far each of them is willing to go for the jugular — and those cracks could be headed for a big one.

And fear not Better Call Saul fans, the old cronies are back: graying, world-weary fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and in his wheelchair, the mute, ringing Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis); There is a scene between Gus and Hector that will resonate with Breaking Bad fans who know their ultimate fate.

Last but not least (I wouldn’t dare) the shadows of the vicious, monosyllabic Salamanca “cousins”, twins Leonel and Marco (Daniel and Luis Moncada and their trademark expensive suits and boots) stand out greatly.

This final 13-episode season will be broken into two parts, with the first seven episodes premiering April 18th and the final six ending July 11th, hopefully giving us an idea of ​​what the world of Better Call Saul is like for Jimmy/ Saul implodes – and more importantly… what to do with Kim Wexler?

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Dais Johnston

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