Better Call Saul season 4: Everything you need to know

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Warning: Contains spoilers for Better Call Saul season 3.

Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul was renewed for season four by AMC shortly after its surprising season three finale.

The finale saw the feud between Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk)and his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) reach its end when Chuck kicked over one of his lanterns in his home, leading to a fire that killed him.

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That death will have repercussions in season four, but what else can we expect as Jimmy continues his descent into Saul Goodman?

Better Call Saul season 4 date: When can we expect it?

AMC has confirmed that season four will premiere on August 6 in the US after a slightly longer wait than usual.

In the UK, Netflix will continue to air new episodes the day after their US outing, so season four will start on August 7.

Better Call Saul season 4 cast: Who's coming back?

Bob Odenkirk will of course be back as Jimmy McGill, AKA Saul Goodman, along with Rhea Seehorn and Jonathan Banks as Kim Wexler and Mike Ehrmantraut, respectively.

Season four will also see Patrick Fabian return as Jimmy's rival Howard Hamlin, Giancarlo Esposito as Breaking Bad's iconic villain Gus Fring and Michael Mando as Ignacio 'Nacho' Varga, as well as Daniel and Luis Moncada as the terrifying cousins Leonel and Marco Salamanca.

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We're also not ruling out appearances from other Breaking Bad characters that have appeared in the prequel so far, such as Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca, Laura Fraser as Lydia Rodarte-Quayle and Lavell Crawford as Huell Babineaux.

Creator Vince Gilligan has also hinted that we could see Aaron Paul back as Jesse Pinkman in Better Call Saul's present day scenes, showing where he went after escaping a Nazi compound in the Breaking Bad series finale. "You never know if that character may get revisited in the future. Anything's possible," Gilligan teased.

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Gilligan has also confirmed that we'll be seeing someone referred to in Breaking Bad during Saul's very first scene called Lalo who he said is a "very important character" that is going to impress us.

"[Other than Lalo], we have a couple of new characters that we'll be reintroducing to the world. We probably don't want to say who yet, just to preserve the fun of that for the fans," added executive producer Melissa Bernstein.

And even though Chuck died in the season three finale, Michael McKean could also make an appearance in season four, potentially in flashbacks.

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Better Call Saul season 4 spoilers: What's it about?

Helpfully, AMC released an official synopsis for season four when it confirmed the release date, so here it is in full:

"In Better Call Saul's fourth season, Chuck's death catalyses Jimmy McGill's transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer – and his relationship with Kim – in jeopardy.

"Chuck's death deeply affects former colleagues Howard and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill. Meanwhile, Mike Ehrmantraut takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive's newest (and most thorough) security consultant.

"It's a volatile time to be in Gus Fring's employ, as Hector's collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos – tearing apart both Gus and Nacho's well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces."

At the ATX Television Festival, Odenkirk revealed that one of the main focuses will be on the relationship between Jimmy and Kim.

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"There are scenes between Jimmy and Kim that are on another level that you haven't seen on this show. They're outside of character that a real couple needs to have... and it makes his life in Breaking Bad all the more tragic because she's not in his life," he outlined.

And while we might not officially see Jimmy become Saul Goodman in season four, things are certainly going to get darker for the lawyer.

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"My problem this year is I found a desire to change this journey a little. It's sad to me," Odenkirk revealed. "I'm starting to feel bad he's going to be this guy who has abandoned any idealism he had, and the hope of being a good person, which he has had. And he's just starting to go, 'F**k that shit. No-one is going to give me a chance? I'm just going to throw bombs around.' That makes me sad."

But at least there is potentially some light in store for the post-Breaking Bad version of Jimmy as Cinnabon manager Gene. "There is the possibility for redemption with Gene," Gilligan added. "The whole thing could end sadly instead of happily. But to me, that's one of the more potentially hopeful things."

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Although, sadly, we already know that things won't end well for Jimmy and Kim given that she's not seen at all in Breaking Bad, so maybe season four will start to give us hints as to why that is.

Better Call Saul season 4 trailer: When's it landing?

We got our first teaser for season three in January 2017, three months before the season premiered, so we can hope for some sort of trailer anytime soon given that we now know it returns in August.

Better Call Saul airs on AMC in the US and Netflix in the UK.

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