Better Call Saul had all the tools to litigate Breaking Bad. There was a courtroom and witnesses, and every viewer was eager to see where Saul Goodman's (Bob Odenkirk) fate would go in relation to his former clients throughout its six-season run. However, like it did, time and again over the course of its six-season run, the Better Call Saul finale chose a road of its own choosing.
Better Call Saul was never going to be able to ignore its concurrent Albuquerque show completely. Doing so would fall somewhere between foolishness and hubris. The idea that Jimmy McGills' own turn for the worse might be entirely independent of another six-season arc in recent memory, involving some of the same key players, just wasn't feasible.
Better Call Saul took the details and ideas that made sense without having to be a pure carbon copy in the final scene.
Saul Goodman declares My name is McGill the first time he meets Walter White in court. And then the last thing he says in the courtroom is My name is McGill. Thats another interesting way in which, on-screen, the character declares himself to be this one, best version of himself. Odenkirk said he's been aware of his choices and who he's been.
The guilt of entering the courtroom is also engrained in the idea of consequences. With the Time Machine threads that run throughout the whole of Saul Gone, it would be tempting to use this episode to correct some errors or clear up any previous ambiguities. However, every person who shows up to Sauls hearing is there to demonstrate the impact of one persons actions. (Marisilda Garcia).
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The majority of the actors the show could have brought back are either dead or fled. Even in Jimmy's legal circles, Better Call Saul kept that final sentence from being a full-on, This is Your Life reunion. There is no Schweikart, no Cliff Main, and no Cheryl Hamlin. That same principle applies to Season 6's callbacks.
The first sequence, a nod to the Better Call Saul episode of Breaking Bad, is the show's origin story in miniature. One way, it's a tiny victory lap for the Saul writers in their ability to spin entire seasons worth of drama out of a single line of panic-induced dialogue (It wasnt me, it was Ignacio! He's the one!Lalo didnt send you?). But it's also in service of seeing Saul through other people's eyes
Better Call Saul gets the whole picture when Jesse meets Kim Wexler outside the Saul Goodman strip mall office, while Walt bumps up with Saul underneath the vacuum shop. Theyre the bookends of Saul's journey. Jesse gets a first impression of Saul through the woman who knows him best. Walt, after knowing him as a client, declares that he is the last attorney I would have sought for an intellectual property action.
Walt throws a tear at Saul in between coughing fits, revealing that he was always like this. It's the star of the whole project, determining whether a character who admits he's been two different people from the beginning of Breaking Bad is more the person he became or the person he left behind.
El Camino is the case if Better Call Saul's conclusion follows an ABQ tradition, because it was another story that didn't fit neatly into the Breaking Bad timeline, who picked and chose what parts to revisit as a means of considering a character in full. On Tuesday, Gould referred to these three projects as its own kind of trilogy, stories that rhyme with each other in parts but ultimately reach different conclusions.
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Walt dies on his own bizarre twisted terms, while Jessie suffers enormously, according to Gould. He returns to his own home and begins this healing process. He will be jailed for some time, but that's just how it goes. All three heroes, antiheroes, whatever you might call them, each have their own ending.
Gus Fring and Mike Ehrmantraut as separate characters, are easy to overlook as follow-ups to Better Call Saul's farewell performances. Another example of Better Call Saul able to add depth to already existing characters without having to rewrite their histories is in watching them in the moments before they do.
Jonathan Banks' last on-screen scenes as Mike make a reference to taking a bribe, the first step that lead the former cop on a journey to seeing his own soul slowly decay, bit by bit. His illegal business interests put him in danger, putting him away from things you can't see.
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul's main protagonists were the focal points of their stories, yet their difficulties were shared, so much so that a character on the fringe could support their own biography in the future part of Season 6. Kim arguably will have a biography of her own in the future part of Season 6.
Better Call Saul was not held completely accountable for what followed. Like Jimmy asserting himself over the Saul Goodman name, the shows success does not erase anything that came before. It does not make it inherently superior or inferior. The greatest part about having these, alongside the impressive El Camino, is that you may make your own decision about where to start.