Warning: Full spoilers follow Better Call Saul through Season 6, Episode 11, “Breaking Bad.”
Going all Walter White, we’ve done it, we’re finally broken The best of Saul on demand. The guide is the name of the last episode: “Too bad.” But six seasons after Saul Goodman directed director Bob Odenkirk, we finally got these long-awaited alumni of Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
The action flips in the episode between the Better Call Saul timeline and the “future” of what happens to Jimmy McGill/Saul after his deal with Ed, aka the Disappearer. The black-and-white scenes of Saul’s nickname Gene Takavitch in Omaha have always charmed fans, and as we head toward the end of Better Call Saul (only two episodes left now!), Cinnabon Gene proves to be just as important as the titular Saul.
Saul’s best call finally broke bad
Best call Saul says to her A special story apart from the series, it’s a prequel to Breaking Bad, Everything changes with the arrival of the villain Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in Season 3. The seemingly straightforward owner of Los Pollos Hermanos already was the big bad guy in Breaking Bad, but in Better Call Saul we see how he’s amassing his meth empire.
By the time we get to Better Call Saul Season 6, creator Vince Gilligan has adopted The Bad-Verse and has brought the two shows together in a story that has taken 13 years in the making. Taking us back to that fateful night where 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 perfectly. The phrase “dancing through the raindrops” has coined by co-author Peter Gould as a way to blend Jimmy’s current world, Saul’s period, and his future as Jane.
The latest Better Call Saul season has already seen Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) and Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), and there’s another layer here. During Saul’s Breaking Bad debut, the two villains are mentioned for the first time – although they never appear physically in the series. Since Better Call Saul was never about Jesse and Walt, it makes sense that their cameo is just that. similar to El Camino: The dinner scene in the Breaking Bad Movie, where Walter White appeared in a flashback, the pair are only there to join the dots between the two shows. There are arguably much larger stories being played here thanks to the second half of the episode.
Connect those loose ends
Aside from the return of Cranston and Paul, another character in Breaking Bad had a more significant role. On the 2010 Cinnabon Gene schedule, Saul took a chance on a phone call with former assistant Francesca (Tina Parker). Even though Breaking Bad’s “Velina” ended with Walter White’s story, it left plenty of cliffs for the party characters. Thankfully, Francesca gives us a whistleblower tour of what happened to everyone else.
First, there’s good news for Saul’s long-suffering follower, Howell Papineau (Laville Crawford). The last time we saw Howell, he was waiting in an DEA safe house for the return of Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) and Gomez (Stephen Michael Quezada). Hank and his partner will never return – the pair are brutally shot by neo-Nazi Jack. It’s a constant joke among the show community that Huell still exists, but according to Francesca, he’s got his happy ending. “I think I came home in New Orleans,” she says. “The DEA held him under false pretenses or something. Last I heard, he walked.”
When Jane asks for updates for Lazer Base owner Danny Wormald (Mark Procksch) and Ira (Frank Ross) of Famonos Beast, Francesca offers a sniper, “They have internet where are you?” He also wants to know what happened to Huell’s BFF Patrick Kuby (Bill Burr), but said she had “no idea” after he was set to track down Jesse in Breaking Bad. These 101 Breaking Bad characters are more than just an epilogue, as they bring up the fact that we’re really heading to the end of the Saul Goodman story.
For those wondering what happened to Skyler White (Anna Gunn), Francesca confirms that she managed to get the prison break card that Walt left with her. As part of Walt’s compensatory arc, he gave his estranged wife the GPS coordinates of Hank and Gomez’s bodies, as well as where he hid his blue fortune. Francesca says simply, “Skylar White got her deal,” then adds, “It’s just you and the two of you left.”
Kim Wexler puzzle solved
Knowing Walt’s wife and low-key grunts is all well and good, but the big reveal comes from confirmation that Kim Wexler is alive and well on the Cinnabon Gene timeline. Up there with Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn is one of the show’s biggest assets, and with Kim in Breaking Bad, many fear she’ll go the way of Nacho and Lalo before the final Better Call Saul credits are shown.
Francesca warns that the whole heat of the Breaking Bad series is now on Gene’s head. The shell companies that used to hide his illicit money are Saul Goneman, with one of them being an Easter egg for Kim. Jimmy’s Tigerfish Company is a reference to the USS Tigerfish from Ice Station Zebra, which happens to be Kim’s favorite movie. This beats home that despite their differences, Kim wasn’t far from his thoughts. So, does this mean that a reunion is a possibility?
Jimmy learns that in the wake of the Heisenberg case, Kim phoned her to make sure he was okay. Then an optimistic Jimmy contacts Kim’s workplace at Palm Coast Sprinklers in Florida and has a hot exchange with someone there. Some comfortable passing trucks make it impossible to hear what is being said, but things end with an angry Jane smashing the phone. Kim’s mystery continues into the last two episodes, and with Jimmy obviously upset by the exchange, she’s not out of the woods yet.
There’s a lot to theorize here, but let’s remember, we don’t know who’s on the other end of the phone. Whether it’s someone delivering some tragic news or Kim herself saying she’ll never want to hear from Jimmy again, Sehorn is sure to play a role in Better Call Saul’s Swansong. The penultimate episode dubbed “Waterworks” seems like a fitting link to Kim’s workplace, which means a trip to Florida looks increasingly likely. Either way, Jane’s black and white announcement proves that the writers haven’t finished Saul’s miserable future just yet.
Putting the two star-crossed lovers aside their differences and stepping out into the sunset doesn’t look much better. It is best served cold. Even if killing Kim in the last two episodes was a big deal to Gilligan, we hope she and Saul get their happy ending. If not, is there still potential for the episodic Huell, or how about a mini-series for Skyler? With only two episodes of Better Call Saul remaining, place your bets on what gets cooked in the lab.