How Does Saul’s Story End?

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the “Better Call Saul” season 6 series finale, don’t read on, titled “Saul Gone.”

More than seven years after “Better Call Saul” began, and 13 years after Bob Odenkirk first appeared as the lethargic lawyer on “Breaking Bad,” his story has come to a close — and Saul is behind bars.

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After a brief United States v. Saul Goodman legal proceeding, a now-reformed Jimmy McGill served 86 years in prison as Walter White’s “mandatory” criminal lawyer. After going down a dark path over the past few seasons, Saul has finally turned a corner and confessed to all of his crimes, and in doing so cleared the name of Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn).

So how did we get to this (somewhat) happy ending, at least by “Breaking Bad” standards? The episode “Bitter Call Saul” opens with a flashback to Season 5, Episode 8, where Saul and Mike Ehrmantrat (Jonathan Banks) are stranded in the desert with $7 million. Sweating in the desert, and before perhaps drinking his own urine, Saul asks Mike what he would do if he had a time machine and could go back to change something? Mike says he’ll go back to the moment he accepted his first bribe, or he’ll investigate a few people in the years to come. Saul, on the other hand, would selfishly go back in time to when Warren Buffett took control of Berkshire Hathaway so he could play stocks and become a billionaire. This time the machine motif continues through the episode, so pay attention.

Then, we pick up where last week’s episode left off: Marion (Carol Burnett) is on the run from the Saul police after doing a life alert-ed. But eventually, Saul’s luck ran out. Everywhere he turns, there are policemen. After hiding in a dumpster, Saul tries to dig up a phone to call Ed the Disappearer, but he breaks everything he has and the police find him.

Saul arrives in a jail cell, where he tells his Cinnabon co-workers that they will need to find a new manager, and then they hire Bill Oakley (Peter Disth) to be their legal counsel in the upcoming trial. Persuades for At this point, we get the first shocking cameo of the episode: Betsy Brandt is back as Mary Shrader! For the first time since “Breaking Bad,” Mary is back to put Saul behind bars for the rest of his life. “They told me they found you in a dumpster. It makes sense,” she tells him tragically of how her life has changed since the murders of Hank (Dean Norris) and Steven Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) on “Breaking Bad.”

But Saul has a story of his own: he’s been a victim ever since he was kidnapped by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and forced to do his bidding. To paint a picture of how violent Walt was, Saul also describes a prison massacre carried out by Walt, where 10 men were killed in three prisons within two minutes. Eventually, Saul says all he needs is a juror to believe him, and his sentence is reduced to seven years, plus he gets a cushy prison in North Carolina and mint chocolate chip ice cream every Friday. He also offers to drop the dirt on what happened to Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), but prosecutors inform him that Kim has already confessed to the murder.

From here, we go back to “Breaking Bad” and see what Walt and Saul were up to while they waited to move into their new lives. Saul returns to his question about the time machine, which Walt dismisses as a scientific impossibility, but then says that he regrets leaving Gray Matter Technologies, which he co-founded. is When Saul says he regrets pulling a “slip and fall” in his 20s, Walt coldly asks, “So, you were always like this?”

Back in Florida, Kim volunteers for Central Florida Legal Aid, but Saul is plotting to betray her, and she learns that he is going to testify against her in court. Now, it’s show time: United States vs. Saul Goodman begins. Saul, Kim and Mary are in court, as Saul introduces himself to Bill Oakley. The judge says Saul’s recommended seven-year sentence is the most lenient he’s seen in 20 years, but before a full-blown courtroom drama can unfold, Saul gives his shocking testimony. prevented from telling After being sworn in, Saul pulls a 180 and confesses all his crimes to Walter White, almost bragging about how Walt couldn’t have built his drug empire and stayed out of prison without him.

Saul also confesses how he ruined his brother Chuck McGill’s (Michael McKean) career, which led to his suicide. The courtroom erupts, Saul calls for James McGill and the prosecution wants the full sentence.

Before we see Saul’s fate, we get another flashback with another surprise guest star: McKean back as Chuck. At his brother’s dark house, a young, pre-Soul Jimmy drops off some groceries. In a final reference to time travel and regret, Chuck tells her that “there’s no shame in going back and changing your ways.” It is then revealed that Chuck is reading “The Time Machine” by HG Weill.

At the end, we see Jimmy, out of his Saul persona, on a prison bus, surrounded by inmates who recognize him and shout “Bitter call Saul!” Before Jimmy is locked away for the rest of his life, he gets one last visit from Kim, who shares a cigarette with him, as in the series premiere. We learn that he has been sentenced to 86 years, a little more than the seven years he first negotiated. Once friends, co-workers and lovers, Jimmy and Kim share their final glances at each other while Jimmy is in the prison yard. With a quick blast of the finger gun, Jimmy is gone. His life of crime finally catches up with him, and “Bitter Call Saul” is over.

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