Better Call Saul Recap: Who didn’t survive the mid-season premiere?

The tension won’t let up anytime soon You better call Saul returns for its final six episodes — and the body count won’t stop climbing either.

After a cryptic opening that features a shoe washed up on a beach with footprints leading to Howard’s car parked in the sand, Monday’s premiere picks up where we left off, with a shocked and terrified Jimmy and Kim standing at the above Howard’s corpse as Lalo points a gun at them. Jimmy swears he never reported Lalo, but Lalo doesn’t care. He gives Jimmy the car keys and an address to go to. There is a camera and a loaded gun in the glove box, he adds. He wants Jimmy to go to this address, take this gun, walk to the door and shoot the man who opens it, “and you keep pulling the trigger until it’s empty” . He also wants a photo as proof; the guy he shoots “looks a bit like a librarian,” he notes, so he’s not a threat. (Yes, he’s talking about Gus.)

Jimmy goes into negotiation mode and tells her to send Kim instead, since the person is more likely to open the door for Kim. Lalo thinks she’s too smart and will try to get away with it, but Jimmy persists, and he and Kim argue so much that Lalo agrees, just to shut them up. He gives Kim an hour to do the deed and return: “The clock is ticking, Mrs. Goodman. After he leaves, Lalo ties Jimmy up with zip ties and tells him about the assassination attempt on Nacho and Gus: “They killed people I care about.” He wants to know what Jimmy knows about it – he knows Jimmy knew Nacho – but Jimmy professes his innocence. So Lalo gags him and turns the television on full blast to drown out his cries for help before leaving. Jimmy tries to break free, but he only manages to knock himself to the ground, face to face with a dead Howard.

Kim drives Lalo’s car to Gus’s house, stopping at a red light right next to a police car, but she says nothing. She arrives at Gus and pulls the gun out of the glove box, walks to the door and rings the bell… but before she can fire, the person answering the door grabs the gun and shoots it at inside. It’s Mike and his henchmen, who sit her down and tell her that Lalo sent her there to kill her – well, they’ve got a Gus lookalike instead of the real thing anyway. Kim is furious with Mike: “You said you were watching us! Where have you been?” Mike leaves two men to protect Gus, who is hiding in a secure part of the house, while he takes two men with him to Jimmy’s condo. A minion car also leaves the laundromat…and Lalo waits nearby, sneaking in as the coast clears.

Gus wants to talk to Kim, and she tells him that Lalo tried to send Jimmy, but Jimmy talked him out of it. “He talked Lalo out of it?” Gus said in disbelief…and with a bit of admiration too. He also leaves home on a mysterious mission with two men in tow. Mike and his men arrive at Jimmy’s, and he tells them that Lalo left right after Kim. We learn that Gus is heading for the laundromat – and once inside, gunfire rings out, with Lalo quickly taking out all of his guards. He holds a gun to Gus and records a video for Don Eladio, showing him proof that Gus built a meth lab behind his back. He urges Gus to show him around, and when Gus hesitates, Lalo shoots him in the chest. (Gus is wearing a bulletproof vest, but the force of the bullet still takes his breath away.)

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Gus reluctantly takes Lalo to the lab, where Lalo marvels at how much meth they could cook there. He’s ready to pull the trigger, but Gus wants to tell “that fat pig” Don Eladio what he really thinks of him first. As he launches into a long rant insulting Don Eladio and the Salamancas, we see a hidden weapon nearby – and suddenly Gus triggers a blackout and grabs the weapon as Lalo fires wildly into the darkness. Bullets are exchanged and when Gus turns the lights back on, Lalo gasps for his last breath, blood pouring from his mouth. He lets out one last laugh before he dies, and Gus pulls the ball out of his body armor and throws it at him. He bleeds a lot under the armor, though.

He calls Lyle, his employee at Los Pollos Hermanos, and explains to him that he will be away all week for “a family emergency” while a henchman tends to his wound, with a doctor on the way. Mike doesn’t want Gus to fight his own battles: “It could have ended very differently.” (“It could have,” Gus retorts.) Back at Jimmy’s condo, he and Kim find themselves in a hug as Mike and his men roll into a brand new refrigerator, using the old one to transport Howard’s body. They’ll set up Howard’s car with cocaine in the upholstery and make it look like a suicide. (That explains the car at the start.) Mike tells Jimmy and Kim to tell the cops that Howard came over that night, looked stoned, and left, “You keep telling the lie you told.”

Jimmy and Kim are to go about their normal business as usual, he says, “Today you are Meryl Streep and Laurence Olivier.” He adds that “I have to make it clear to you: none of this ever happened.” They agree and Mike returns to the lab, watching a crane dig a massive hole in the dirt before dumping Lalo and Howard’s bodies next to each other. (It’s a cruel twist of fate, isn’t it?) But first, Mike takes Howard’s wallet, rings… and shoes. He also watches the bodies in the hole, his face contorted with conflict and regret, as the crane again covers them with dirt.

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