Season 5 of 'Better Call Saul' Gets Pushed Back to 2020, AMC Offers Explanation

The fifth season of the 'Breaking Bad' prequel series was initially expected to be premiered in 2019, but AMC President Sarah Barnett claims the delay has to be done for 'talent needs.'

AceShowbiz - The fifth season of "Breaking Bad" prequel series "Better Call Saul" has been delayed by at least a year.

The hit drama, which stars Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as lawyer Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, had been expected to return to TV screens later this year, but now U.S. network officials at AMC have revealed it's been pushed back to at least 2020.

"It's driven by talent needs, which we would not override if it would result in a worse show," AMC President Sarah Barnett tells Vulture of the delay.

"We know clearly the end was already written before the beginning began," she continued, referring to the "Breaking Bad" storyline, adding, "The writers, they have a very particular, very clear sense of the arc of their show... We're certainly getting closer to it."

The news of "Better Call Saul"'s new season postponement comes five months after co-creator Vince Gilligan, the brains behind "Breaking Bad", was reported to have started production on a movie adaptation of the critically-acclaimed drug drama, which he was also directing.

The as-yet-untitled film is said to reunite original star Bryan Cranston, who portrayed chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White, with his character's criminal sidekick, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.

Other series regulars Krysten Ritter, Jonathan Banks, and Jesse Plemons were also rumoured to be involved.

"Breaking Bad" originally ran for five seasons until 2013.

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