Better Call Saul is a rare follow-up that’s better than its classic predecessor, with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s breaking bad The prequel ended tonight on a note as perfect as nearly every other operation done in its six stellar seasons.Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul ) and reveals what will happen to Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) after his fling with , and his fate as his ex-wife and frequent partner. Crime’s Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), who proved to be the ideal capper for one of television’s all-time greats.
Last week’s penultimate article, “Waterworks,” revealed that Jimmy hijacked it from Marion’s (Carol Burnett) house via an Internet search conducted after taxi driver’s son Jeff (Pat Healy) was arrested. It concluded with the discovery of Your new friend wasn’t just a neighbor worried about your missing dog, it was a wanted crook. But the aptly titled “Saul Gone” doesn’t start off with Jimmy on the run right away. Rather, it’s a throwback to last season’s eighth episode, “Bugman,” for a brief water break as Jimmy and Mike (Jonathan Banks) lug his $7 million cartel money across the desert. To do. Considering what day they’d go back to if they had a time machine, Mike chooses the day he took his first bribe. He says he’s heading to 1965 so that he can return to the present as a millionaire (or trillionaire). When Mike asks if he only cares about wealth, Jimmy replies, “What else?”
The love of money and the thrill of deception are fundamental to Jimmy, and two subsequent color flashbacks (one with Walter at his hideout, the other with his late brother Chuck (Michael McKean) late at night). encounter). It further emphasizes that fact and Jimmy’s inability to feel repentance seeing the error of his previous ways. serves as the last chance to do so. However, at the beginning of the episode, Jimmy’s future seems bleak and in stone. Picking up right where “Waterworks” left off, Jimmy runs away from Marion’s house and tries to escape town with a shoebox full of cash and diamonds. Unfortunately, the cops were in hot pursuit, and he was quickly apprehended.
Hearing that Jimmy’s one regret is a simple ploy he came up with as a teenager, Walter remarks: Better Call Saul From the beginning, was the story of a man who couldn’t stop being a shady, me-first huckster. Jimmy is calm, cool, cool, and utterly confident, even when confronted by the widow Marie (Betsy Brandt), who is stubborn. ), “As always, I’m on top” things settle. Sure enough, Jimmy convinced the attorney’s office that he could pitch the jury on the idea that he was Walter’s victim. This is a plausible scenario that scares his enemies into offering him a plea bargain that will get him out of prison for just seven years.
After all, this is not a significant example of rewriting the history that “Soul Gone” has been building. To the point of stitching this sweet deal together and boosting his luck by demanding his preferred prison and weekly ice cream dessert, Jimmy said Kim admitted the truth to authorities about the murder of Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian). It’s unlikely they’ll be prosecuted, but Howard’s wife is keen to file a civil suit. Jimmy’s sting of trying to pull Kim away with sweet words doesn’t move the DA’s needle, but word about his efforts goes back to Kim, encouraging her to attend a hearing where Jimmy accepts his slap. A plea on her wrist.
Thus the stage is set, Better Call SaulAt the climax of . Death and the death of Chuck. In this moment, instead of fixing the past, Jimmy not only faces the past, but fully and honestly for the first time without the fanciful lies that he has colored it for so long. In doing so, he metaphorically reverts to Jimmy from his name Saul, which he used at court. It’s a return that reveals that he’s an individual who can change, and is therefore the antithesis of the anti-heroic Walter.
“In this moment, instead of fixing the past, Jimmy not only faces the past, but fully and honestly for the first time without the fanciful lies that he has colored it for so long.”
Alas, noble gestures like this don’t go unpunished, and have taken multiple trips down memory lane to contextualize the difficulties of Jimmy’s struggling maturation. Better Call Saul Finally reach the finish line. After taking the bus to prison, where his fellow inmates recognize him as Saul (and start chanting “Better Call Saul” on his behalf), Jimmy is pen-visited by Kim. In an empty room marked by the shadows of film noir window frames, Odenkirk and Seehorn convey their nuanced expressions of compassion, sorrow, and understanding as they quietly share a cigarette and the two mingle. The only word that came out was that Jimmy accepted. 86 years to protect Kim. It’s a deal he seems happy to have made, proof that he (mostly) left Saul behind. The long farewell glance, the distance between them only a few feet and yet the eternal non-negotiability, is a testament to personal growth and selfless sacrifice for these two hopelessly compromised and complicated lawyers. suggesting that the price is truly happy ever since.
However, if the hero is denied true victory, Better Call Saul‘s bittersweet closer is nothing short of a triumph. It cements the show as one of the best of modern television. story.
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