Better Call Saul catches up with its title in a new teaser for the fifth season of the show, which debuts Sunday, February 23rd, at 10 p.m. EST on AMC.
In the clip, Jimmy McGill (now Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk) brandishes a cellphone with a very special speed-dial button at a selection of colorful degenerates. “I’m not just the cellphone guy,” McGill/Goodman intones, “I’m the lawyer who’s going to fight for you.”
Over the course of the Breaking Bad prequel, we’ve come to know McGill as an aspiring good guy — a former hustler intent on making good in the legal profession. He’s a bumbler, though, and often falls into his former huckster persona, Slippin’ Jimmy, finally falling from grace after double-crossing his older brother and de facto role model, Chuck, who’s a far more professional lawyer than he. That betrayal also results in Jimmy losing his right to practice law, causing him to slide further into the underbelly he comfortably occupies when he appears as Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) lawyer in Breaking Bad.
When last we saw McGill, at the end of Season Four of Better Call Saul, he’d finally earned back the right to practice law. This time, however, he’s assumed the name Saul Goodman, a persona he adopted following his ousting from the legal profession, and under which he eventually started selling burner phones (among other things). Hence the custom cells he’s slinging in the clip.
Judging by McGill’s brightly clashing suit — Bad fans will remember Saul Goodman’s questionable fashion sense — his name seems like it will fully change in Season 5.
Following the Better Call Saul premiere on Sunday, Episode 2 will air the following night, Monday, February 24th, during the show’s regular time slot at 9 p.m. EST.