How Close Is “Better Call Saul” To “Breaking Bad”: Season 6 Time Skip Explained

SPOILER ALERT. “Better Call Saul” is nearing its grand finale. In the ninth chapter of the sixth and final season of the Netflix series, we not only witnessed the painful departure of Kim Wexler from the life of Jimmy McGill, but we also discovered that the series took a leap in time that brings it closer more and more to the events of “Breaking Bad”.

In that sense, the end of the episode entitled “Fun and Games”, aired on July 18 on AMC+ in USA, left us with many questions about what was happening: When did these events take place? Will Walter White and Jesse Pinkman appear in the next installment of fiction? What will happen to “Gene”, Jimmy’s false identity after he stops being Saul Goodman?

Next, we will try to answer these questions. Discover, thus, the explanation of the time jump of the season 6 of “Better Call Saul” and how close is it to “Breaking Bad”.


The final chapter of the first half of the sixth season of Better Call Saul it gives us a date pretty close to what happened before the time jump. In this way, “Plan and Execution” (S06E07) showed us Gustavo Fring making a generous donation with a check showing the exact day of the event: June 24, 2004.

Whereas the events involving Lalo Salamanca arriving at the home of kim and jimmy happened shortly after that scene… It is presumed that the move of kim It happened after the funeral of Howardabout on July 1, 2004.

Kim Wexler during her game in “Better Call Saul” (Photo: AMC)


After Kim’s farewell, the series makes a time jump where they show us the Saul Goodman that we met in “Breaking Bad”then spending the night with an unknown woman and starting your day as a lawyer are dubious methods. What date do we meet?

Well, the first clue that brings us closer to the exact day is the license plate of Saul’s vehicle, “LWYRUP”, which has a registration tag that expires in November 2005. This makes us assume that the jump could be made until the end of 2004 or mid-2005. That is, until 1 year later of the death of Howard Hamlin.

Saul Goodman’s license plate after the “Better Call Saul” time jump (Photo: AMC)

However, seeing that the sign for people with disabilities that hangs on his car expires November 20, 2008, this could indicate that what the lawyer is experiencing is happening sometime in 2008near Saul’s first appearance in “Breaking Bad”. Sure, considering that Goodman he failed to update his vehicle registration tag and was not arrested for it.

Finally, the third option is related to the authorization of the state of New Mexico, which issues these bills that expire four years after their issuance. Taking this into account, the theory that Saul it’s found between 2004 and 2005 It is the strongest so far.

The handicapped placard hanging on Saul's car expires on November 20, 2008 (Photo: AMC)
The handicapped placard hanging on Saul’s car expires on November 20, 2008 (Photo: AMC)


The first appearance of Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” was performed in the eighth episode of the series, also titled Better Call Saul. This premiered on AMC on April 26, 2009but it is presumed that the introduction of the character took place at the end of 2008 in the fictional timeline.

Let’s remember that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul They will reprise their roles as Walt and Jesse in this prequel. So, there is the possibility that they “cross paths” with their future lawyer in 2005. Or, on the contrary, the series could jump one more time and go to 2008, where, finally, we meet Goodman for the first time.

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will return as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White in the sixth and final season of "Better Call Saul."  (Photo: AMC)
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston will return as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White in the sixth and final season of “Better Call Saul.” (Photo: AMC)


Finally, the series must also answer what happened to Gene. We have not heard anything about the false identity of Jimmy after disappearing from “Breaking Bad”so we’ll see if it meets kim years later.

The fate of 'Gene', the Jimmy of the future, is a mystery in 'Better Call Saul' (Photo: AMC)
The fate of ‘Gene’, the Jimmy of the future, is a mystery in ‘Better Call Saul’ (Photo: AMC)

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