When does Better Call Saul take place?

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Better Call Saul takes place between 2002 and early 2005, as the story is the prequel to Breaking Bad, which first aired in 2008.

Better Call Saul is set to conclude with its currently-running season six, part two. The series, which is the prequel to the hit drama series of the 2010s, Breaking Bad, might have had a tentative reception initially, but, nonetheless, it has garnered a cult following.

Moreover, as fans watch the final episodes of the series, they are ensuring that the timelines of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad correspond, which they do. The prequel was set between 2002 and early 2005, while Breaking Bad’s first season aired in 2008.

What is Better Call Saul?

Better Call Saul was released by AMC as an expansion of the Breaking Bad franchise. First premiering on the channel in 2015, the series premiered just two years after the five-season run of Breaking Bad, from 2008 till 2013.

Better Call Saul was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Gilligan is also touted as the creator of Breaking Bad.

The premise of the dark but sometimes comical series is shared as, “The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer Jimmy McGill in the time before he established his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico as Saul Goodman,” according to IMDb.

Bob Odenkirk leads the stellar cast as he reprises his beloved role.

When does Better Call Saul take place?

Since Better Call Saul is the prequel to Breaking Bad, which took place in real time between 2008 and 2013, when Better Call Saul‘s first season premiered, the story was set between May 2002 and June 2002.

Season two of the series was then focused on the timeline between July 2002 and September 2002. Seemingly, the series followed this narrative plot device, as most seasons portrayed two to three months of Jimmy McGill’s life and times.

In the story, season three of the series picked up from September 2002 and concluded the 10-episode season in March 2003.

Season four was the only season to focus on a year, zooming in on the months between March 2003 and March 2004. When it returned for its fifth season, the series picked up from April 2004 to June 2004.

Season six, part one, began the narrative in July 2004 and it is believed that it will end somewhere in 2005, before possibly showing the first meeting between McGill and Walter White.

Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad crossover confirmed

For fans of the Breaking Bad franchise, one of the biggest was whether there would ever be a crossover that would see their beloved characters from Breaking Bad make a cameo on Better Call Saul, even more so currently, as the six-episode season six, part two is airing.

In April 2022, it was confirmed that there would be a crossover, and it will be interesting to see how the series manages this without disturbing the timelines already established in both shows.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul have been confirmed as upcoming cameos, in the roles of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, respectively, in Better Call Saul.

Peter Gould on Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad crossover

In light of the anticipation piqued by the confirmation of the Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad crossover, show creator, Peter Gould teased details on the matter, sharing, “I don’t want to spoil things for the audience, but I will say the first question we had when we started the show was, ‘Are we gonna see Walt and Jesse on the show?’ Instead of evading, I’ll just say yeah.”

He did go on to add, “How or the circumstances or anything, you’ll just have to discover that for yourself, but I have to say that’s one of many things that I think you’ll discover this season.”

When is Better Call Saul season six ending?

Better Call Saul aired the first part of season six on AMC between February 2020 and April 2020. Fans already knew that the season would be divided into two six-episode parts.

The intention is supposedly to allow the creators of the show to better conclude the story. But the trope has been popular recently, with other shows concluding in this manner as well, such as Ozark and The Walking Dead.

Season six, part two started airing on Tuesday, 18 April 2022 and will conclude on Monday, 23 May 2022.

Final thoughts

Better Call Saul has just started airing its final episodes from part two of season six, its final season.

As a result, fans are excited to see how the Breaking Bad prequel series will conclude, especially after the confirmation of a crossover which was omitted from the official season six, part two trailer.

The crossover will be interesting, as the two series are set in different timelines, with Better Call Saul’s events taking place before the events of Breaking Bad between 2002 and early 2005. Breaking Bad occurred in real-time, first premiering in 2008.