'Better Call Saul' Season 4 Premiere Date Announced

Better Call Saul season 4 now has a premiere date. The Breaking Bad spin-off will return for another anxiety-inducing season on AMC starting August 6, 2018. And if you had any lingering questions about the season 3 finale, the official season 4 synopsis will clear them up real quick.

Time for a confession: I think Better Call Saul is a better show than Breaking Bad. Don't get me wrong – Breaking Bad was a monumental TV series. But in my humble opinion, Better Call Saul has surpassed it, creating a better set of characters (like Kim Wexler, played to perfection by Rhea Seehorn), and an overall more-engrossing storyline. And each season is better than the last. So I'm very excited for Better Call Saul season 4, which now has a premiere date of August 6.

The show focuses on Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), AKA Saul Goodman. Saul was introduced as an amusing, morally compromised lawyer in Breaking Bad, but Better Call Saul has turned him into a truly tragic figure – someone who really wants to do the right thing, while constantly doing the wrong thing. Season 3 ended with Jimmy's mentally unstable brother Chuck (Michael McKean) setting fire to his home after a big, emotional fall-out with Jimmy. The episode cut to black just as the fire was starting, which lead several fans of the show to theorize that Chuck might survive.

Well, the official Better Call Saul season 4 synopsis puts that theory to bed: Chuck is dead. I suppose this could be considered a spoiler, but since it's in the dang official synopsis, I'm not going to lose any sleep about revealing it.

In Better Call Saul's fourth season, Chuck's death catalyzes Jimmy McGill's transformation into Saul Goodman. In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim — in jeopardy. Chuck's death deeply affects former colleagues Howard (Patrick Fabian) and Kim as well, putting the two of them once again on opposite sides of a battle sparked by the Brothers McGill. While Mike takes a more active role as Madrigal Electromotive's newest (and most thorough) security consultant. It's a volatile time to be in Gus Fring's employ, as Hector's collapse sends shock waves throughout the Albuquerque underworld and throws the cartel into chaos — tearing apart both Gus and Nacho's well-laid plans. While Gus changes course, Nacho finds himself in the crosshairs of deadly forces.

I know a lot of folks are eager for Saul to catch up to the Breaking Bad timeline and start introducing more Bad characters, but I'm perfectly happy letting Saul do its own thing. Besides, the sooner more Breaking Bad characters start showing up, the quicker the show will come to an end.

If you've somehow avoided watching Better Call Saul up until now, I urge you to check it out. The first three seasons are streaming on Netflix.