Warning: Full spoilers follow for Better Call Saul through Season 6, Episode 11, “Breaking Bad.”
We’re going full Walter White, we did it, we finally got it wrong Better call Saul. The clue is in the title of the latest episode: “Breaking Bad.” But after six seasons of Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman leading the way, we finally got those long-awaited cameos from the Breaking Bad alumni Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
The action of the episode switches between the Better Call Saul timeline and the “future” of what happens to Jimmy McGill/Saul after his deal with Ed aka Slytherin. The black-and-white scenes of Saul aka Gene Takavic in Omaha have always fascinated fans, and as we head toward the end of Better Call Saul (with only two episodes left!), Cinnabon Gene is proving to be just as important as the titular Saul.
Better Call Saul Finally Breaks Bad
You better call Saul to say it own story outside the series, which is a prequel to Breaking Bad, that all changed with the arrival of the villainous Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in Season 3. The seemingly mild-mannered owner of Los Pollos Hermanos was already a big villain on Breaking Bad, but in Better Call Saul we see him amass his own meth 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 in a story that’s been 13 years in the making. Taking us back to that fateful night when we first met Saul in the desert, Breaking Bad Season 2 Episode 8 brings the worlds of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad fully together. The phrase “dancing through the raindrops” was created by co-creator Peter Gould as a way to mix Jimmy’s current world, his time as Saul, and his future as Gene.
The final season of Better Call Saul has already replaced Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) and Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), and there’s another layer. It was during Saul’s Breaking Bad debut that the two villains were first mentioned – despite never physically appearing on the show. Since Better Call Saul was never about Jesse and Walt, it makes sense that their cameos are just that. Like El Camino Restaurant Scene: A Breaking Bad Movie, where Walter White appeared in a flashback, the pair are only there to connect the dots between the two shows. It’s safe to say that there are much bigger stories at play here thanks to the second half of the episode.
Tying up those loose ends
Aside from the return of Cranston and Paul, another Breaking Bad character was set to play a much more important role. In the 2010 Cinnabon Gene timeline, Saul risked it for a phone call with former assistant Francesca (Tina Parker). Although Breaking Bad’s “Felina” wrapped up Walter White’s story, it left plenty of obstacles for characters on the periphery. Luckily, Francesca blew the whistle on us, what happened to everyone else.
First, there’s good news for Saul’s long-suffering henchman Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford). Last we 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 will never return – the pair have been brutally shot by neo-Nazi Jack. It’s a running joke among the show’s community that Huell is still there, but according to Francesca, he got a happy ending. “I think back home in New Orleans,” she says. “The DEA was holding him under false pretenses or something. Last I heard, he was walking.”
When Gene asks for an update on Lazer base owner Danny Wormald (Mark Proksch) and Vamonos Pest’s Ira (Franc Ross), Francesca fires back, “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 says he “has no idea” after he was hired to track down Jesse in Breaking Bad. These 101 Breaking Bad characters are more than just closure as they tease that we are indeed heading towards the end of Saul Goodman’s story.
For those wondering what happened to Skyler White (Anna Gunn), Francesca confirms that the card Walt left her paid off. As part of Walt’s redemption arc, he gave his estranged wife the GPS coordinates to Hank and Gomez’s bodies, as well as where he hid his blue methane fortune. Francesca simply says, “Skyler White got her contract,” and then adds, “The only ones left to go after it are you and Pinkman.”
Solving the mystery of Kim Wexler
Finding out about Walt’s wife and the low grunt is all well and good, but the big reveal comes from confirming that Kim Wexler is alive and well in the Cinnabon Gene timeline. Up there with Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn is one of the show’s biggest assets, and with Kim sitting out Breaking Bad, many feared she would go the way of Nacho and Lalo before the final credits of Better Call Saul rolled.
Francesca warns that the entire Breaking Bad saga is now on Gene’s head. The shell companies used to hide his illicit funds are Saul Goneman, with one being an easter egg for Kim. Jimmy’s Tigerfish Corporation is a nod to the USS Tigerfish Ice Station Zebra, which happens to be Kim’s favorite movie. It follows that despite their differences, Kim was never far from his thoughts. So does this mean a reunion is on the way?
Jimmy learns that following the Heisenberg case, Kim called her to check on her. An optimistic Jimmy then calls Kim’s Palm Coast Sprinklers location in Florida and has a heated conversation with someone there. Some convenient passing trucks make it impossible to hear what’s being said, but things end with an enraged Gene smashing the phone. The Kim mystery continues in the final two episodes, and while Jimmy is clearly upset by the exchange, he’s not out of the woods yet.
There’s a lot to theorize, but let’s remember that 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 never wants to hear from Jimmy again, Seehorn is sure to have a role in Better Call Saul’s swan song. The penultimate episode, titled “Waterworks,” sounds like a convenient tie-in to Kim’s workplace, which means a trip to Florida is looking increasingly likely. Either way, Gene’s black-and-white promo proves that the writers aren’t done with Saul’s bleak future.
It doesn’t look like much better for the two star-crossed lovers to put their differences aside and ride off into the sunset, call Saul, leading some fans to believe that Kim is ready to turn Jimmy over to the authorities for ultimate revenge. best served cold. While it would be very much a Gilligan thing to kill Kim in the last two episodes, we hope she and Saul get their happy ending. If not, is there still the potential for a Huell spinoff, or how about a miniseries for Skyler? With only two episodes left of Better Call Saul, bet on what’s brewing in the lab.
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