Better Call Saul has distinguished itself as another pillar of the Peak TV period, despite the fact that it could have easily been overshadowed by its predecessor Breaking Bad. Regardless of its connection to Breaking Bad, Saul is one of the best TV shows ever produced in its own right. It uses fate’s inevitability as a potent dramatic device and may even surpass Bad in some ways.
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Better Call Saul concluded with a fantastic episode that brought the Breaking Bad universe to a satisfying close. But we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the classic AMC drama. So here are fifteen moments from the series’ run that remind us why a spinoff that no one, including Gould and co-creator Vince Gilligan, thought was a good idea at the time turned out to be as beloved in its own right as Walt and Jesse’s adventures.
#15: Mike meets Gus (Witness” S3E2)
The outstanding ensemble of characters in Breaking Bad was one of its best features. Despite not being introduced until late in the second season, Mike and Gus quickly won over fans. The wait was certainly worth it even though Better Call Saul took its sweet time getting to their destined meeting.
Mike turns the tables and finds Gus, who is waiting for him on a stunning stretch of open road, after disassembling his station waggon and discovering a tracker, which was in and of itself a wonderful moment. Although most of it is business, it was incredible to witness these iconic figures meet for the first time.
#14. Mike’s breakdown (“Five- O” S1E6)
Saul Season One is marked by a great deal of trial and error. It has a meandering quality rather than the deliberate but focused quality that would characterize later seasons (and Breaking Bad, for that matter). The creative team gradually realized that they liked Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill and were not in a rush to turn him into Saul Goodman. However, it is always watchable because of the sheer level of craft that Gould, Gilligan, and company displayed. As a result, the episode with the most attention to Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), the vicious fixer on Breaking Bad, is the season’s high point.
After executing the two corrupt police officers who had killed his son Matty, “Five-O” explores Mike’s motivation for travelling to Albuquerque. In a heartbreaking sequence, Mike confesses to Matty’s widow Stacey (Kerry Condon) that he takes responsibility for Matty’s mistreatment and for destroying his son’s character by ordering him to take the dishonest officers’ bribe. On both shows, Mike was known for his unflappable calm and, on rare occasions, his fearsome fury. It was therefore shockingly moving to witness him at this point of breakdown, which Banks performed so masterfully.
#13: Kim’s Car Crash (“Fall” S3E9)
Kim had gone into overdrive by the conclusion of season three, and it cost her dearly. Kim drifts off the road as she heads to a rendezvous with Gatwood, slamming into a boulder. On TV, car accidents are nothing new, but the way this sequence was shot was unique and terrifying.
It is really professionally edited and provides viewers a realistic yet gruesome impression of what a serious auto accident looks, sounds, and feels like. It’s appropriate that the episode finishes with Kim seeing the results of her labour of love strewn across the highway. She might want to take a break.
#12: Jimmy Tries to Get Fired (“Inflatable” S2E7)
It’s not always drama on Better Call Saul. It can also be the funniest TV show, as seen by the fantastic montage in Inflatable from season 2. Jimmy tries everything within his power to get himself dismissed since he wants to leave Davis & Main but is unwilling to pay his signing bonus. This involves playing the bagpipes, combining fruit in the office, and donning those gaudy, vintage Saul Goodman clothes.
The best montages in television history can be found on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, with each new one seeming to surpass the last. This is yet another example, plus it contains jokes about poop! You simply can’t make a mistake.
#11: Chuck’s Demise (“Lantern”S3E10)
Even if we all saw it coming, it was nonetheless unsettling to behold. Chuck had a complete breakdown after relapsing into this alleged electromagnetic hypersensitivity, completely destroying his home in an effort to discover what is still consuming electricity. This is a stunning montage that effectively captures Chuck’s worsening mental state and is scored to some genuinely spooky music.
The episode concludes with the most horrifying sequence from the series, in which Chuck repeatedly kicks a table until a lantern falls and bursts into flames, setting his home on fire. Despite the fact that not many people loved Chuck, it was a much darker death than anyone could have predicted. No one should pass away in such a way.
#10. Kim saves herself (“Rebecca” S2E3)
The storyline that solidified the audience’s near-pathological affection for Kim Wexler. Kim was demoted at work as a result of something Jimmy did. “You don’t save me. I save me,” she says firmly when he offers to intercede on her behalf.
And then we see her do exactly that, in a fantastic montage (set to “A Mi Manera”) in which she feverishly works the phones on her lunch break, day after day, week after week, hoping to get a client large enough to get her out of the dungeon. She finally snags a whale – growing local bank chain Mesa Verde — and permits herself the tiniest celebration in the HHM building’s bowels.
#9: The Pill Swap (“Slip” S3E8)
Only Better Call Saul has the ability to make a five-minute scene feel like an hour – in a good way. When it comes time to switch Hector’s medicines, Nacho devises a convoluted scheme: damage the air conditioning so Hector removes his jacket, pretend that something is wrong with the money, have Hector inspect it, then steal the pills from the pocket of his abandoned jacket while he’s distracted.
The sequence is terribly uncomfortable because we know it’s literally a life or death situation for Nacho. While his approach was successful, we must admit that placing the pill bottle back into the jacket pocket was a brave move.
#8: Mike Kills Werner (“Winner” S4E10)
Mike is entrusted with finding Werner after he escapes from Gus’s underground dwelling quarters. And when Werner mistakenly reveals secrets about the superlab to rival Lalo Salamanca. Mike has no choice but to murder him in the spirit of “Of Mice and Men.” Not only is the sequence heartbreaking, and the cinematography is stunning, but it also serves as an excellent character moment for Mike.
The Mike of old is gone, the generally non-violent Mike. Werner’s murder provides a crucial transitional point to bridge the gap between Breaking Bad Mike and Better Call Saul Mike since he is now officially a thug working for a deranged drug lord. Indeed, stop taking half measures.
#7: Jimmy & Kim Swindle Ken (” Switch” S2E1)
Poor Ken. He’s being conned if his automobile isn’t getting blown up. Of course, he does sort of ask for it. In the first episode of season two, Jimmy and Kim pretend to be siblings who have no money and are curious about Ken’s investment knowledge. They overindulge on pricey tequila, leaving Ken with nothing except a hefty tab.
It’s a cute scene that also has a deeper meaning. Kim and Jimmy are clearly having a great time, but Kim only views the evening as a fun night; Jimmy would love for this lifestyle to continue. Despite having chemistry, the two cannot sustain their personal connection or business operations, no matter how much we might wish they could.
#6. Lalo comes calling (“Bad Choice Road” S5E9)
Lalo, who has the combined capabilities of the majority of the iconic Breaking Bad villains as well as some special abilities of his own, rose to become one of the most well-liked characters on either series in around a season and a half. (He could, for example, jump from heights beyond human comprehension.) Although it was entertaining to watch him trample over Gus and the other cartel members, it was much more thrilling to witness Kim Wexler verbally shred him in a rare lawyer/cartel crossover.
Lalo arrives at Kim and Jimmy’s apartment, armed and determined to learn the truth about Jimmy’s desert adventure. Just as it appears that the Wexler/McGills are in grave danger, Kim appears, asks Lalo if he’s kidding her, and dwarfs the large cartel man. Lalo would eventually return to haunt both Jimmy and Kim, triggering the series’ endgame, but it was so thrilling to see Kim put him down, even if only momentarily.
#5: Jimmy & Chuck’s Final Talk (“Pimento” S1E9)
Recall how many mentioned that they hated Chuck? It’s not difficult to understand why. Jimmy is initially devastated when he informs him that he is not a true lawyer. Then, when Jimmy returns to make amends, Chuck tells him that he never genuinely cared about him and that he can’t help himself from hurting others.
They’re terrible last words to hear from a sibling, and Jimmy seems to have been finally pushed towards shady legal strategies and the Saul Goodman reputation as a result. He made an effort to lead a moral life for Chuck, but what was the point if it all didn’t matter?
#4. Desert shootout (“Bagman” S5E8)
Not without cause, the eighth episode of Better Call Saul‘s fifth season is frequently cited as one of the strongest chapters in Jimmy McGill’s story. In order to survive, Jimmy was forced to walk across the desert with duffel bags packed to the brim with cash, drink his own urine, and assist Mike in assassinating a man who was tailing them. What had begun as a straightforward job of collecting Lalo’s bail money from his cousins turned into Jimmy being targeted by gunmen for hire.
Jimmy was scared of the desert ever since that incredibly awful event (this fear was also referenced on multiple occasions in Breaking Bad). But more importantly, it was his work delivering Lalo’s bail money that caused him to be shunned by Albuquerque’s legal community, marking a significant turning point in Jimmy McGill’s development as Saul Goodman.
#3: Jimmy’s Testimony (“Winner” S4E10)
While Chuck is the one whom we all despise, Jimmy can also be a jerk at times. This is perhaps best demonstrated in the season four finale, when Jimmy uses the memory and legacy of his late brother to crawl his way back into the legal system. Jimmy effectively moves the court with a moving speech about upholding the prestigious McGill name.
He subsequently comes out as himself, bragging that it was all a ruse. Kim is both perplexed and devastated. The man she respected and loved is no longer there; in his place, a fraud is now operating under a different identity. Saul Goodman’s birth has finally been witnessed.
#2: Jimmy Cross-examines Chuck (“Chicanery” S3E5)
The iconic court scene is the main reason why “Chicanery” is frequently recognised as the best episode of the series. Jimmy surprises Chuck by confessing that he put a phone battery in his jacket pocket to undermine his EHS during the cross-examination. Chuck loses all composure, startling everyone there into stunned stillness.
This was the beginning of Chuck’s demise, as seen by the way the camera slowly pans across his face and by Michael McKean’s outstanding performance. As much as it upset him, Jimmy had to ruin his brother’s image in order to further his own, as seen by his expression. Dramatic and tragic, it makes for fantastic television.
#1. Jimmy and Kim’s divorce (“Fun and Games” S6E9)
How did Jimmy McGill, a flawed but far from heartless character from Better Call Saul, become into a cartel lawyer so devoid of empathy that in his first appearance on Breaking Bad, he calls for the murder of his own client? That’s the question Gilligan and Gould finally address in “Fun and Games,” where Jimmy and Kim come to terms with the harsh reality that, despite how great they are for one another, they are terrible for everyone else.
This breakup scene is made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that it is essentially capped by the two saying “I love you” to one another for the first time on screen. After what these soul mates have done, there is no turning back. What these soul mates have done cannot be undone. The only direction Better Call Saul can take from here is toward the eventual resolution of Jimmy’s storyline, which will be achieved through a startling time shift for the ages.
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