Better Call Saul eventually came to an end after seven and a half years, six seasons, and one of the craziest mustached menaces to ever appear on television. If you’ve been following Jimmy McGill’s criminal crusades as Saul Goodman and then as Gene Takovic (Bob Odenkirk), you might find solace in the moral certainty of his fate as a federal prisoner. But the Better Call Saul series finale resolved some unresolved issues from Breaking Bad in addition to wrapping off Saul Goodman’s saga.
Each of Saul’s wrongdoings had serious repercussions that were inextricably linked to the somewhat fanciful playground of mischief that he created with his human inventiveness and legal cunning. The Cinnabon house of cards Gene constructed only crumbles in the series finale after he casually mentions Albuquerque to Marion (Carol Burnett) on the phone while giving her a dubious justification for why he must free her son Jeff (Pat Healy) from jail in the penultimate episode, “Waterworks.” Jeff was only in jail because, when he was waiting for Gene to leave the house he was stealing, he panicked when a police car parked behind him and slammed into a parked car. The victim was dying of cancer, but Gene was only breaking into that house because he was determined to recoup the millions he learned the government had taken in the third-to-last episode of “Breaking Bad.” He received an 86-year federal prison sentence as a result of that one error.
In addition to helping us say goodbye to Saul Goodman, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), and the Better Call Saul universe, show creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan also wrapped up a few loose ends from the Breaking Bad universe.
What role did Hank Schrader play in the conclusion?
Saul is forced to answer for his misdeeds in Breaking Bad before Marie Schrader and the attorneys for the U.S. government after being arrested inside a dumpster with his last bit of cash buried in the garbage (Betsy Brandt). The last time we see Schrader is in the “Felina” episode of the final season of Breaking Bad, where she is urgently warning Skyler White (Anna Gun) to keep an eye out for her wanted husband Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who has returned to town. After hearing Walt threaten Skyler over the phone by saying she won’t ever see Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) again since he crossed him, she says she overheard this.
Marie finally learned her husband’s whereabouts, but it wasn’t until Better Call Saul that she had the chance to confront those responsible for his demise. Marie first encounters the legal brains behind the meth empire that killed her husband at his plea bargain in an episode when Saul is coming to terms with his wrongdoings. She calls him garbage, chastises him for contributing to the fatherlessness of three children for financial gain, and warns him that no amount of time in jail will be enough to make up for the suffering he contributed to. Marie sobbed openly as she released the pain she had been holding in for months for the first time in the year since she found out Hank was dead at the conclusion of Breaking Bad (and months after his body was discovered).
The Importance Of Saul Goodman And Walter White’s Final Conversation In Better Call Saul
The two fugitives were holed up in a bunker awaiting the arrival of the criminal relocator Edward “Ed” Galbraith (Robert Forster), who would give them new identities and places to live. This was the last time viewers saw Walt and Saul together in the penultimate Breaking Bad episode (“Granite State”) Walt wants to gather assassins to assassinate Jack Welker (Michael Bowen), the leader of a neo-nazi organization, for killing Hank and abducting Jesse to make the meth he toiled to produce nearly perfect, during their final encounter. Saul, who is no longer an attorney, provides his old client with one last legal opinion regarding the property. Walt is informed bluntly that his best course of action is to turn himself in because running would put his wife and children in danger legally. Walt’s cancer shows itself in a series of coughs that put him to his knees and inform Saul that big bad Heisenberg is no more before he departs for his new life in Omaha after one final attempt to frighten Saul into doing his bidding.
In an extended version of the Breaking Bad scenario, where he and Jesse kidnap Saul to coerce him into complying with their legal demands, Walt made his debut appearance in Better Call Saul. The same is true of his final episode, which gives viewers a glimpse of Walt and Saul’s lives in the bunker before they were moved. Walt admits for the first time that he regrets leaving the Gray Matter Technologies company he founded with graduate school classmates Elliott Schwartz (Adam Godley) and Gretchen Schwartz, aside from debating the theoretical advantages of time travel and resolving their hot water issue (Jessica Hecht). Walt insisted the two stole his work and were to blame for his bad financial situation for the entirety of Breaking Bad. He does blame the pair for “artfully manipulating” him out of the business he helped build, but he eventually puts some of his megalomaniacal ego to the side to say he regrets not making money off the multi-billion dollar enterprise Gray Matter developed into.
Their conversation reveals that Walt was thinking about his old buddies before he heard them publicly deny any involvement with the corporation in the “Granite State” episode while watching Charlie Rose from a dive bar in New Hampshire. It was this conversation in Better Call Saul that brought Walt’s former friends from the depths of his subconscious to the forefront of his mind so that the next time he saw them, it would be enough for him to finally exact some measure of revenge. While that chance TV viewing was the catalyst for Walt to frighten the pair in their home into donating $9.7 million of his drug money to his son in an irrevocable trust in the Breaking Bad series finale, it was this conversation in Breaking Bad that brought Saul
Better Call Saul ultimately succeeded in doing precisely what it set out to do: provide closure for Breaking Bad viewers while broadening the universe even farther in our hearts. Saul Goodman will only ever exist once. Better Call Saul lives!
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