Better Call Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan cryptically teases the series finale and the ultimate fate of Gene Takovic/Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill.
Better Call Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan cryptically teases next week’s series finale and the ultimate fate of Gene Takovic/Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill. Received as both a prequel and sequel to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul premiered in 2015 and primarily follows Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill as he devolves from an earnest public defender to the unscrupulous criminal lawyer audiences meet during Breaking Bad season 2. Better Call Saul season 6 accelerated Jimmy’s evolution into the titular lawyer as he and his wife, Kim Wexler, unintentionally cause the death of their former HHM colleague, Howard Hamlin.
Since Kim left Jimmy during episode 9, “Fun and Games,” which completed her husband’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the show has shifted focus to the black-and-white adventures of Gene Takovic following the events of Breaking Bad. After lying low for months, the mild-mannered Cinnabon manager successfully orchestrates an elaborate heist intended to pay off and silence the cab driver, Jeff, who recognized him. In the following episode, a fiery phone call with Kim causes Saul’s ugly side to resurface and start running increasingly risky scams on unsuspecting folks. Once his true identity is discovered, Gene almost does something truly unforgivable, forcing him to go on the run as a fugitive yet again.
During a recent interview with EW, Better Call Saul co-creator and the writer/director behind the penultimate episode, Vince Gilligan, was asked to cryptically tease next week’s series finale and he did exactly that. Gilligan described how Gene’s “world is crashing down around his ears” and cautioned viewers to prepare for the ensuing drama. Gilligan was also asked to describe the series finale with one word, to which he responded, “Earned. well earned.” Read Gilligan’s full comments below:
I mean, it looks to me like Gene Takovic/Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill’s world is crashing down around his ears. It’s gonna be dramatic. [Laughs] It’s gonna be a big one. Buckle your seat belts.
The immediate takeaway from Gilligan’s cryptic tease is that Gene will meet his demise during the impending series finale. This would fit Gilligan’s”well earned” description as Gene has headed down a darker and darker path during recent episodes. However, Gene’s death would essentially repeat the conclusion to Walter White’s character arc from Breaking Bad. Instead, a sopranos-esque ending may be more suitable for Saul Goodman as narrowly avoids capture for the time being, but must live out the rest of his days in fear of being recognized.
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul has a long history of subverting expectations with superb writing and satisfying character arcs. While it would be nearly impossible to guess the exact ending Gilligan and the writers have in store, fans can rest easy knowing it will be well-earned. For now, audiences best heed Gilligan’s advice and prepare for a dramatic Better Call Saul series finale premiering August 15 at 9pm on AMC.