The fifth season of the American television drama series Better Call Saul was announced on July 28, 2018. The series returned on February 23, 2020. It consists of 10 episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes in length.


Season 5 promotional poster




Cast Portrays Ep. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bob Odenkirk James McGill 10
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut 10
Rhea Seehorn Kim Wexler 10
Patrick Fabian Howard Hamlin 6
Michael Mando Nacho Varga 7
Tony Dalton Lalo Salamanca 8
Giancarlo Esposito Gustavo "Gus" Fring 9

Guest Starring

Notable Co-Starring

Notable Crew




  • Interviewed by Entertainment Weekly[1], Peter Gould teased what awaits us during Season 5:
    • About Saul Goodman: "It seems like Jimmy’s first move is to try to leverage all the contacts he has in the world of selling drop phones. But don’t forget, he also knows the vet, and the vet is sort of Craig’s List for the underworld in Albuquerque. So he can get quite far. The question is: how does he establish a reputation as not just a criminal lawyer but a criminal lawyer?"
    • About Gene Takovic: "He’s the opposite of Saul Goodman because he speaks so very little, he’s so afraid. But I’m fascinated by that situation and by the question of: is there still any chance of redemption?"
  • On April 7, 2019, Rhea Seehorn announced on Twitter[2] the start of the filming of season 5.
  • Interviewed by Vulture[3], AMC President Sarah Barnett has revealed that the fifth season won’t return until 2020.
  • Tony Dalton (Lalo Salamanca) is promoted to the main cast for the fifth season.[4]
  • Bronwen Hughes will direct the first episode of season 5. She previously directed episode 6 of season 1 of Breaking Bad.
  • Season 5 will begin with a two-night premiere. First episode will air on Sunday (February 23) after The Walking Dead episode, before returning to its usual Monday timeslot with second episode airing the next day (February 24). This is the same as first season, which also premiered with first episode airing on Sunday after The Walking Dead and aired the second episode the next day.
  • It was revealed at the Television Critics Association winter press tour (January 16, 2020) that Robert Forster, Dean Norris and Steven Michael Quezada will appear in the fifth season of Better Call Saul, reprising their respective roles of Ed Galbraith, Hank Schrader and Steven Gomez.
    • Robert Foster passed away on the same day that El Camino was released (October 11, 2019), his presence in the fifth season of Better Call Saul is most likely his final acting role.
    • Ed Galbraith is currently the second character who appears in Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul and El Camino, the first being Mike.
    • Ed appeared in the flashforwards of the season premiere "Magic Man" where a panic-stricken Saul Goodman called him for another extraction. However, Saul chose not to go forward with the extraction and to instead fix the situation himself.
    • "Magic Man" was dedicated to "our friend Robert Forster."
  • Chuck McGill does not appear, making him the first main character to not appear in a full season after their introduction.

Promotional Photos

First Look

Character Portraits



First Look

Awards and nominations

Ceremony Category Recipients Result
36th TCA Awards Best Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Better Call Saul Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Rhea Seehorn Nominated
72nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler Won
Outstanding Music Supervision Thomas Golubić ("The Guy For This") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) Nick Forshager, Kathryn Madsen, Matt Temple, Todd Toon, Jeff Cranford, Jane Boegel, Jason Newman, Gregg Barbanell, Alex Ullrich ("Bagman") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Phillip W. Palmer ("Bagman") Nominated
72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Giancarlo Esposito Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Thomas Schnauz ("Bad Choice Road") Nominated
Gordon Smith ("Bagman") Nominated
2020 Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
Best Drama Actor Bob Odenkirk Nominated
Best Drama Supporting Actress Rhea Seehorn Nominated
Best Drama Supporting Actor Jonathan Banks Nominated
Best Drama Guest Actor Dean Norris Nominated
American Film Institute Awards 2020 Top 10 Television Programs of the year Better Call Saul Won
11th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Better Call Saul Pending
Best Short Form Series Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler Pending
Best Actor in a Drama Series Bob Odenkirk Pending
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks Pending
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Rhea Seehorn Pending
78th Golden Globe Awards Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama Bob Odenkirk Pending
27th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Bob Odenkirk Pending
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks, Tony Dalton, Giancarlo Esposito, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn Pending

73rd Writers Guild of America Awards Drama Series Better Call Saul Pending
Short Form New Media – Original Better Call Saul Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler Pending
Episodic Drama Thomas Schnauz ("Bad Choice Road") Pending
Episodic Drama Alison Tatlock ("JMM") Pending
Episodic Drama Peter Gould & Ariel Levine ("Something Unforgivable") Pending


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