Warning: Full spoilers follow for Better Call Saul through Season 6, Episode 11, “Breaking Bad.”
Go full Walter White, we made it, we’re finally breaking through You better call Saul. The clue is in the name of the last episode: “Breaking Bad.” But after six seasons of Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman leading the charge, we finally got those long-awaited cameos from the Breaking Bad alumni. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
The action in the episode switches between the Better Call Saul timeline and the “future” of what happens to Jimmy McGill/Saul following his deal with Ed, aka the Disappearer. The black-and-white scenes of Saul’s alias Gene Takavic in Omaha have always fascinated fans, and as we head into the Better Call Saul endgame (only two episodes left now!) , Cinnabon Gene proves to be just as important as the titular Saul.
You better call Saul finally Breaks Bad
You better call Saul and tell him own story far from the series of which it is a prequel, Breaking Bad, that all changed with the arrival of villainous Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in Season 3. The seemingly mild-mannered owner of Los Pollos Hermanos was already Breaking Bad’s big bad, but in Better Call Saul we see how he amasses his. methamphetamine empire.
By the time we get to Better Call Saul Season 6, creator Vince Gilligan has embraced the Bad-Verse and brought the two shows together for a storyline that spanned 13 years. Taking us back to that fateful night we first met Saul in the desert of Breaking Bad Season 2, Episode 8, the worlds of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad come together fully. The expression “dancing through the raindrops” has been invented by co-creator Peter Gould as a way to blend Jimmy’s current world, his Saul period, and his future as Gene.
The final season of Better Call Saul has already seen Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) and Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), and there’s another layer here. It was during Saul’s debut in Breaking Bad that the two villains were first mentioned, although they never physically appeared on the show. Since Better Call Saul was never about Jesse and Walt, it makes sense that their cameos would be just that. Similar to the El Camino: The Restaurant Scene from a Breaking Bad Movie, where Walter White appeared in a flashback, the pair are only there to join the dots between the two shows. Arguably, there are much bigger stories at play here thanks to the second half of the episode.
Tie those loose ends
Aside from the return of Cranston and Paul, another Breaking Bad character had an altogether bigger role to play. In the 2010 Cinnabon Gene timeline, Saul risked it all on a phone call with former assistant Francesca (Tina Parker). Although Breaking Bad’s “Felina” rounded out Walter White’s story, it left plenty of cliffhangers for peripheral characters. Fortunately, Francesca gives us some insight into what happened to everyone.
First, there’s good news for Saul’s long-suffering henchman, Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford). When we last saw Huell, he was waiting in a DEA safe house for the return of Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada). Hank and his partner would never return – the couple being brutally shot by neo-Nazi Jack. It’s a running joke among the show’s community that Huell is still around, but according to Francesca, he got his happy ending. “I guess home in New Orleans,” she says. “DEA held him under false pretenses or something. Last I heard he walked.”
When Gene asks for updates on Lazer Base owner Danny Wormald (Mark Proksch) and Ira (Franc Ross) of Vamonos Pest, Francesca snipes, “Do they have internet where you are?” He also wants to know what happened to Huell’s best friend Patrick Kuby (Bill Burr), but she said she had “no idea” after being hired to find Jesse in Breaking Bad. This Breaking Bad Character 101 is more than just a conclusion, as it teases that we’re really heading towards the end of Saul Goodman’s story.
For those wondering what happened to Skyler White (Anna Gunn), Francesca confirms that she made it through the jailbreak card Walt left for her. As part of Walt’s redemptive arc, he gave his ex-wife the GPS coordinates of Hank and Gomez’s bodies, as well as where he hid his blue meth fortune. Francesca simply says, “Skyler White got her okay,” then adds, “The only ones left to sue are you and Pinkman.”
Solving the Kim Wexler Mystery
Finding out about Walt’s wife and her low-level grunts is all well and good, but the big reveal comes with the confirmation that Kim Wexler is alive and well in the Cinnabon Gene timeline. Up there with Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn is one of the show’s greatest assets, and with Kim sitting in Breaking Bad, many feared she was going the way of Nacho and Lalo before Better Call Saul’s final credits.
Francesca warns that all the heat of the Breaking Bad saga is now on Gene’s head. The front companies used to hide his illicit funds are Saul Goneman, one being an Easter egg for Kim. Jimmy’s Tigerfish Corporation is a nod to the USS Tigerfish of Ice Station Zebra, which happens to be Kim’s favorite movie. It goes to show that despite their differences, Kim has never been far from her thoughts. So, does that mean a reunion is on the cards?
Jimmy learns that following the Heisenberg affair, Kim called him to check that he was okay. An upbeat Jimmy then phones Kim’s workplace at Palm Coast Sprinklers in Florida and has a heated exchange with someone there. Some handy passing trucks make it impossible to hear what’s being said, but things end with an enraged Gene breaking the phone. Kim’s mystery continues in the final two episodes, and with Jimmy clearly upset over the swap, she’s not off the hook just yet.
There’s a lot to theorize here, but remember, we don’t know who’s on the other end of the line. Whether it’s someone breaking tragic news or Kim herself saying she never wants to hear from Jimmy again, Seehorn is sure to have a role to play in Better’s swan song. Call Saul. The penultimate episode titled “Waterworks” looks like a handy connection to Kim’s workplace, which means a trip to Florida seems increasingly likely. Either way, a black-and-white Gene promo proves the writers aren’t done with Saul’s miserable future just yet.
Having the two star-crossed lovers put their differences aside and ride off into the sunset doesn’t seem much better than calling Saul, leading some fans to speculate that Kim is ready to hand Jimmy over to the authorities for the ultimate case of revenge being a better dish. served cold. While killing off Kim in the final two episodes would be a very Gilligan thing to do, we hope she and Saul get their happy endings. If not, is there still the potential for a Huell spinoff, or what about a miniseries for Skyler? With just two episodes of Better Call Saul remaining, place your bets on what’s brewing in the lab.
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