‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 Mid-Season Premiere Writer Explains Why [SPOILER] had to die

You better call Saul Season 6 returned for its mid-season premiere on July 11. Fans who waited all summer to see the aftermath of Kim’s (Rhea Seehorn) and Jimmy’s (Bob Odenkirk) plan had another heartbreaking episode full of twists and surprises. Another one You better call Saul the main character died too, and the writer of the series explains why it had to happen.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Better Call Saul Season 6 midseason premiere.]

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Gordon Smith wrote the episode “Point and Shoot”. Smith spoke to the AMC Blog in an interview posted July 12, after the episode aired. You better call Saul Season 6 airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on AMC.

In season 6 of “Better Call Saul”, it was either Lalo or Gus

After murdering Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) went after Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). Gus is in breaking Badso it was pre-determined who would win.

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“Obviously we didn’t want to lose Tony Dalton,” Smith said on the CMA Blog. “He’s an incredible actor and an incredible presence on set – there to get the job done, there to play in the best sense of the word. An anchor. As Lalo, he brings that charm as well as that grimness to the character, and that flavor was so important the last two seasons, so we were reluctant to let it go. But we’re rushing towards the end here, and we felt like we deserved this clash of our titans. These are our two most capable characters, our biggest bad guys. The two smartest characters, definitely on our cartel side.

‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 Could Have Prolonged Lalo’s Death

Smith considered extending the Lalo/Gus battle further into the season. In the end, they decided to go for it.

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And maybe Lalo could have been injured and run away, and then Gus should have tracked him down while preventing him from getting to Eladio. But we had already done this story, really, with Nacho in the first part of this season. We felt like it did the character more of a service than giving him a big start, giving him everything he worked for and then taking it away from him. You know, he gets there, he gets through Gus’ men, which isn’t easy. He even has the chance to see the superlab! Really gets confirmation of all these things, but he has to die to do it. I really like that last moment, when he has that little laugh as he gurgles on his own blood. It’s like, “You’re f–k. You’re lucky. I had you.” And he is not wrong !

Gordon Smith, AMC Blog, 7/12/22

Death is not the only consequence

Some fans feel breaking Bad characters like Gus or Mike (Jonathan Banks) are safe. Even Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) survives breaking Bad. But, Smith reminds fans that death isn’t the only consequence for You better call Saul characters.

“One thing we’ve been saying from the start and loudly protesting is that death isn’t the only bad thing that can happen to you,” Smith said. “There are falls from grace, there are breaks in life that can lead to worse consequences or leave you just as broken. In this scene, the tension is both about what will happen and how – Gus lives, but how? Even if he doesn’t die, he could be seriously injured and have a scar we don’t know exists. Does Lalo escape and get to Don Eladio? If so, how is Gus doing? And if Lalo doesn’t survive, how will Gus turn things around?

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