Is It Better to Define Saul Goodman or Jimmy McGill as Saul's Ending?

Is It Better to Define Saul Goodman or Jimmy McGill as Saul's Ending? ...

The Better Call Saul series' conclusion may be spoilt in this article.

What would you do with a time machine, anyway? In light of the superb Better Call Saul finale, Saul Gone, returning to February 8, 2015 to start the whole series over sounds quite appealing right now.

Saul Gone is operated as a sort of writer's wish fulfillment exercise, as opposed to the Breaking Bad finale before it. How do one go about achieving some redemption for an essentially irredeemable character?

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) was transformed into something of an action hero in Breaking Bad's final episode, killing his opponents and rescuing his partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) all while suffering a fatal injury from one of his own MacGyver-ed machine guns. It's obviously all thrilling stuff, but maybe a little out of character for a broken, defeated guy who was coughing up his lungs just moments before.

The Better Call Saul finale does not ask its viewers to suspend their disbelief much as it does in the Better Call Saul finale. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) returns to Albuquerque in a hail of gunfire, rather as a prisoner of the state. The man formally known as Jimmy McGill is then mostly shuffled around as a passive participant in his own conclusion.

Saul Goodman does find some sort of redemption and absolution in the end. He does it by killing a bunch of neo-Nazis, rather by committeding his first truly selfless act. While Walter White once said I did it for me, Saul finally does something for Kim.

Flashbacks to Mike Ehrmantraut, Walter White, and Chuck McGill

Saul Good returns to the past a fair amount of times, in keeping with the time travel motif. Flashbacks are a great way to give several Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul characters satisfying series wraps, but also help illustrate Saul's evolving thought process and journey towards redemption.

Following the previously on segment (and an unexpectedly striking graphic from AMC) hyping up the episode, the final picks up in the desert during the events of season 5 episode 8 Bagman. While trying to escape the unforgiving New Mexican sun, Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Saul Goodman stumble across a tank of fresh water and sit down to recuperate. Thats when Saul first asks his time machine question.

Mike claims hed go back to the day his son Matt was killed (though he does not disclose the significance of the date). Then he thinks about it a little more and claims hed go back to March 17, 1984, the date he first took a bribe. Saul, however, cannot imagine time traveling back to 1965 to invest in Berkshire Hathaway.

Is that correct? What is the value of money? Mike asks.

What else? Saul replies.

Walter White and Saul sulk in the basement of a vacuum repairmans office, awaiting new identities, for the next flashback are introduced. Walt, as always the scientist (and asshole), points out that he is just asking if he has any regrets.

The greatest regret that Walt has ever expressed is being pushed out of Gray Matter, the company he founded. Once again, Saul can only offer a minor story about avoiding a slip and fall con when he was 22 and injured his knee. He has twice refused to take the time machine exercise seriously.

So you were always like this? Walt replies, and he does not respond in an incorrect light, given the information he has on hand.

Jimmy McGill, better known as Saul Goodman, is more than Walter White's narcissisticego monster; he's also more capable of self-defence. Weve seen it before, when he was with his brother Chuck (Michael McKean) and with Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn)

Jimmy decomposes the contents of his grocery run for Chuck, his brother explains that he does not have to do this for him. Chuck is so wealthy that he may hire someone or just get an intern from Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill's offices. What is Jimmy doing?

Why is that I'm my brother, anyway. Jimmy insists, knowing Chuck would not do the same for me.

Jimmy knows Chuck is a terminal conman, but Jimmy does not like him. And that dynamic becomes a swirling, self-fulfilling prophecy over decades that both predicts Jimmy will one day become the monster they both fear, ultimately destroy his own brother.

And yet he still picks up Chucks groceries. Because he loves him. And wherever there is even the smallest trace of love, someone is not totally lost. That flashback, more than any other, informs what follows.

The End of Saul Goodman

Enough of the past, and onto the plot you want explained. Gene Takovic is captured early into Saul Gone, despite AMC's hilariously misleading final episode teaser. Regardless, Gene is captured early into Saul Gone. Regardless, the man the police have arrested is more dangerous in a legal situation than anywhere else. And that leads to the first bit of fireworks.

Saul Goodman's prosecution, according to the undefeated prosecutor assigned to the case, sentences him to life in prison plus 190 years in prison. But hell makes him a one-time offer of 30 years, and he pulls off his finest bit of chicanery yet.

Saul's sob story about being threatened by Walter White doesn't convince anyone in the room that he is innocent, but he has to persuade one jury to go to trial, leading to a hung jury. This is why you need to call Saul, people!

But Saul's story doesn't end there. When he tries to negotiate a Blue Bell mint chocolate chip ice cream for himself by revealing Howard Hamlin's information, Bill Oakley informs Saul that she may be in some really bad way because of it. Yes, Bernalillo County has reserved the right to prosecute Howards widow in civil court.

Jimmy McGill reborn at the last minute, though its not yet known to the viewer. He tells Bill Oakley that he wants to disclose more information about the Howard Hamlin case, stuff that Kim never would have known. And he ensures that the US Marshal keeps him company so that Kim may get summed up in court as well.

The Names McGill, Jimmy McGill

Better Call Saul's climactic moment was always going to occur in court. After all, Jimmy's arrest in Albuquerque is a legal proceeding. Bill Oakley claims this particular judge always honors such agreements (even if they are absurd).

Jimmy sets himself on the stand, takes the solemn oath of the court, and unleashes a holy torrent of righteous confessions and even more righteous lies. He tells the truth about Heisenbergs world. He should have tried harder with him. Instead, he got his malpractice insurance cancelled.

he lies about Kim for his and his own fault. Howard Hamlin's death was his responsibility. Kim gave the cops a load of B.S. so he could get his Blue Bell ice cream. And he wanted Kim to see this in court.

Jimmy McGill got himself a time machine in the end. There is no Saul Goodman.

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Better Call Saul Again

However, that is not the end, right? One of the most fascinating choices that Saul Gone makes is in the immediate aftermath of Jimmy's historic court appearance. One of Jimmy's fellow inmates names him as Saul Goodman, and before you know it, an entire bus of men is clapping and yelling.

While in jail, we see that both an inmate in the kitchen and a guard refer to Jimmy as Saul. No matter how righteous Jimmys self-actualization in court was, the world still sees him as the world famous conman. And you know what? Jimmy appears to be fine with that. Perhaps finding peace wasn't about rejecting one aspect of his identity but about avoiding harming anyone.

The last scenes with Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman are a testament to his abilities. His lawyer Kim visits him in prison, and the two share a cigarette in a holding cell, much like they used to do in the HHM parking garage. Jimmy once told Jimmy that he could change his mind about the situation. However, in the end all paths lead to a cigarette with Kim.

Are There Any More Breaking Bad Cameos?

Walter White and Mike Ehrmantraut, who don't really count because he played Saul in Better Call Saul, make their appearances on the show. Marie (Betsy Brandt) makes her appearances on the show as she attends the arraignment of Steve Gomez, who was previously unknown on Breaking Bad.

Is This the End of the Breaking Bad Universe?

Yes, almost certainly. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has stated that this is the end of the Albuquerque universe for him. And it's hard to imagine another spinoff continuing without him or Saul showrunner Peter Gould. AMC does not have a great track record in letting sleeping content lie with The Walking Dead blossoming into one of TVs most overwhelming franchises, but even the most artistically bereft individual has to realize that this world has gone its way.

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Anywho, please see you all for Better Call Bill Oakley.