Better Call Saul: The End of a TV Masterpiece
Better Call Saul, which many expected to be overshadowed by its powerful predecessor Breaking Bad, evolved above expectations and became an unrivalled work of true mastery in cinema. In the end, one can agree that Better Call Saul was a truly inspiring show and a perfect end to the Breaking Bad Universe.
The show follows the events that led to Breaking Bad and adds to the future of the characters in such a fashion that changes the way we will view them in the flagship show. Better Call Saul started as a spinoff show to Breaking Bad focusing on the events that turned an honest struggling lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) into a criminal conman lawyer Saul Goodman.
Better Call Saul is a prequel, interlude and sequel to the events in Breaking Bad.
Being a spinoff to one of the most popular shows, one would have thought it would be impossible to top such an incredible series with intricately created narrative and astounding twists. But alas, in the end, it’s safe to say that Better Call Saul has reached the same heights.
The story that was crafted over six seasons was intricately designed to create relatable characters with sympathetic stories that get better with every season. The audience is able to feel the emotions that the characters are going through which speaks volumes about the ability of the creators.
Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn delivered a performance of a lifetime as Saul Goodman and Kim Wexler respectively. The strong chemistry between the two actors was significantly felt by the audience which made the audience more invested in the story. The series is a unique tale of a man and a woman meant to be together but their bond invites trouble and turns them into a destructive force.
Since Kim Wexler remained absent in Breaking Bad, fans were ominous about her fate in the show. However, the finale laid to rest to all the doubts as Kim was finally able to avoid breaking bad.
Better Call Saul Season 6 Finale
Better Call Saul Season 6 finale didn’t have to do anything unexpected or outrageous, as so many finales feel driven to do. Instead, it simply kept to its principles and took the story and its characters to their logical ends with an amazing sense of self-assurance.
It was a huge task to end not just one, but two cherished shows that were regarded as some of the best TV content that has ever been produced. Better Call Saul‘s climax turned out to be almost faultless and perfectly tied all the loose ends to deliver a beautiful and emotional finale.
In addition to all of this, the season took on the extra task of attempting to include a large number of cameos without upsetting the delicate balance of the narrative. Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Jesse (Aaron Paul), Marie (Betsy Brandt), and Chuck (Michael McKeanall) made a comeback, albeit in minor roles, to contextualize the events of Breaking Bad to remind viewers of the effects that Saul Goodman had on other characters as a whole.
The Breaking Bad Universe: The End of an Era
Better Call Saul Season 6 marks the end of The Breaking Bad Universe which ran for 14 years starting with Breaking Bad (2008-2013), El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019) and the spinoff show Better Call Saul (2015-2022).
What makes The Breaking Bad Universe more special than anything we have seen is that every moment, every word, and every action has its repercussions. Similar to a stone dropped in water that creates ripples all around it. Every shot has some meaning and isn’t simply present to add to the screen time. Events are foreshadowed well in advance which makes revelations and plot twists more interesting.
It’s quite difficult to remember that Better Call Saul began as a lighthearted, enjoyable legal drama about the rivalry between two brothers, full of comedic interludes.
No one could have foreseen the extent to which the series would turn just as dark, difficult, and conceptually dense as its powerful predecessor. Every character received exactly what they deserved, and we received far more than we could have imagined.
Final Verdict: 5 stars (out of 5)