Bob Odenkirk has shared a heartwarming message with fans as the “Better Call Saul” finale finally landed on Netflix.
Fans of the hit “Breaking Bad” spinoff were hit with the final episode, titled “Saul Gone,” on Monday.
Odenkirk, 59, helmed the spinoff as Saul Goodman for a total of six seasons, which followed his initial four seasons on “Breaking Bad.”
And to mark the end of an era for Goodman, initially known to fans as James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill, and later by the alias Gene Takavic, actor Odenkirk shared a two-minute clip on social media.
“Everybody’s been asking me how I feel about saying goodbye to Saul Goodman and ‘Better Call Saul,’ and I’m not good at answering the question because it’s frankly hard for me to look at that experience, and even at that character, too closely,” the unabashedly emotional actor told fans in the video.
Odenkirk thanked the show’s co-creators for letting him front the spinoff and for “giving me the chance.”
“I did nothing to deserve this part but I hope I earned it after six seasons,” he said.
He said the cast, consisting of Rhea Seehorn, Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks, Tony Dalton, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian and Giancarlo Esposito, “made me a better actor than I am, just working with them.”
“Watching them work has been an unbelievable experience,” added Odenkirk, who famously survived an on-set heart attack in July 2021 that nearly killed him.
“Thanks for giving us a chance, because we came out of maybe a lot of people’s favorite show ever — and we could have been hated for simply trying to do a show,” Odenkirk went on.
“But we weren’t; we were given a chance, and hopefully, we made the most of it. Thank you for staying with us. ‘Better Call Saul’: a closely observed, idiosyncratic story about a very unique guy, a little slow at times, but in the end, if you paid attention, it was about big, big things inside people. Thank you.”