Saul is gone in the series finale Better Call Saul

Saul is gone in the series finale Better Call Saul

It’s shocking to think about everything that has happened in “Better Call Saul.” When the show started, Jimmy’s brother Chuck was a major force and antagonist. But Chuck is dead now, and he feels like he’s long gone, very long time. Which makes his reappearance here in another flashback all the more jarring. It is a moment in which the two brothers try to get closer, but finally they cannot. Chuck is too prickly, Jimmy is too defensive. “We always end up having the same conversation,” Chuck finally says, backing into the darkness of his house with a copy of “The Time Machine” in his hands. And this must be it, this must be Jimmy’s “time machine moment”. While his previous responses to his regrets were quite pathetic, East moment shows a glimpse of what could have been. Because here, in this flashback, Chuck makes an effort to try to get closer to his brother; to extend an olive branch. These two were diametrically opposed throughout their lives, but they were also brothers. And from time to time, Chuck would try to connect with Jimmy. Here, he wants to talk to Jimmy about his case, but Jimmy, so used to Chuck’s bullshit, shrugs it off.

We realize here, like Jimmy, that East This is the moment that could have changed everything. That if Jimmy had stayed and talked to Chuck about his cases and his clients, everything might be different. But Jimmy doesn’t have a time machine; as Walt pointed out, they do not and cannot exist. Which means this is just a memory. Or a glimpse of what might have been.

In the end, things end the only way they could. Having confessed to his various crimes and ruined his deal, Jimmy McGill goes to prison, and not Bernie Madoff’s fancy prison, either. There is a wonderful moment where Jimmy is on his way to the prison and is recognized by the other convicts on the bus, all of whom start chanting “BETTER CALL SAUL!” while a slight knowing smile appears on Jimmy’s lips.

Finally, one day during his incarceration (it’s unclear how much time has passed), Jimmy gets a visit from his lawyer, who turns out to be Kim, of course. And she has a cigarette. I felt a pang in my heart here, remembering the first episode, when Jimmy and Kim stood in the shadows of the HHM parking lot and shared a cigarette. Once again, here they are cloaked in shadow, with lighting that evokes film noir and German expressionism (many cell-bar shadows across faces and walls).

As the two share a cigarette, we learn that Jimmy has been sentenced to a staggering 86 years. “On good behavior, who knows?” Jimmy says with a wink, and it’s bittersweet and heartbreaking and perfect. The idea of ​​Jimmy rotting in prison for the rest of his life is not a good one, but it’s ultimately fair. He was a criminal who did terrible things. He may not have physically killed anyone himself, but he played an important role in the empire of those who did. We want him to be free because we like him, but liking someone does not determine justice.

The show ends with a series of powerful takes. Outside the prison, Kim is walking to her car when she sees Jimmy behind a fence in a yard. Kim, standing behind her own fence, watches him, and he shoots her with finger guns, a gesture of complicity they both understand. Here’s a wide shot of the two of them, separated by fences and distance and space and eternity. And when Kim finally pulls away, we see Jimmy fade into the distance, camera panning, passing a solid object, blocking it from view forever.

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