I’ve been kind of dreading this moment since episode five, “Quite A Ride”, as Better Call Saul season four started the sprint towards the finish line. Now we’re at the season finale and I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to Jimmy, Kim, Mike, and Gus. I want to live in this universe just a little bit more. Maybe like two more episodes. I’m not a greedy man, but with season four of Saul firing on all cylinders it makes it even more bittersweet. The good news is the show has already been picked up for season five (thank the gods) so no matter how this season ends there will be some resolution, but that raises the question… how is this season going to end?
Last week, we had what seems to be the first real crack in the foundation of the Kim and Jimmy relationship in what could be the most polarizing scene in the history of Saul. Rhea Seehorn and Bob Odenkirk bring their performances to another level while their characters are left with the echo of their brutal honesty. As angry as Jimmy is in that moment he knows that he needs Kim, and hearing her state how she’s always there for him no matter what brings up the very real possibility that she might not continue to be. As much as I believe that Jimmy loves Kim, I also understand that this is Jimmy and he understands what it means not to have Kim on his side. Suddenly all the risks he takes become even more dangerous without Kim Wexler to bail him out. Kim, on the other hand, doesn’t need Jimmy. At least from a business standpoint. Despite all of Jimmy’s problems, Kim has stood by him. It may not be easy to explain but its there, and with Jimmy facing yet another year of suspension it’ll be Kim that helps him pick up the pieces yet again. Will she stay afterward though? That is yet to be seen.
Yes, Jimmy’s hearing didn’t go as well as he anticipated and his willful neglect of mentioning Chuck came back and bit him. Going into his appeal there’s no doubt that Jimmy will mention Chuck now but will he run into the same problem of being insincere? I imagine with Kim’s coaching, Jimmy might be able to pull this off but then again maybe not. One of my favorite aspects of this season of Saul is how the show has been willing to hit us with a number of different surprise moments.
Meanwhile, Mike has some problems of his own right now. With the leader of the superlab construction making a run for it, Mike has some tough choices to make. Obviously tracking this guy down is job number one, but what happens when and if Mike catches him? Does he get just a slap on the hand or is he too much of a liability to continue on the job? Could this be where Mike’s belief of no half measures stems off of? Does Mike have it in him to kill someone he’s sort of befriended?
The other questions this raise is whether or not Mike can bring this to Gus’s attention. It’s not like Gus doesn’t have a full plate at the moment either with Lalo Salamanca’s sudden arrival. I don’t buy for one second, Lalo’s desires for a truce between the two families, and either does Gus. What’s Lalo’s next move though? When we last saw him, Lalo was forcing Nacho to take him to one of the Los Pollos Hermanos drops. Does this mean that he might be screwing with deliveries in the hopes of getting Gus’s attention or sending a message? I’ll be curious to see how Gus responds with a Salamanca who is a bit more calculating.
One other thing to keep an eye on, in “Quite A Ride” we got a look of Saul Goodman right before he went on the run. With that scene were told a date and a time for a phone call. Is it possible that tonight we see how that phone call plays out? Or perhaps we’ll find out whose business card Saul gave out. I really don’t think the show introduced this idea just let it play out next season. My only question becomes is this what opens the episode or what closes it? Something tells me that whatever happens here is going to be massively important, and I’m dying to find out what it means for Gene… or Kim. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn that she’s alive in the Breaking Bad timeline?
There you have it Geeklings, the Better Call Saul season finale is on tonight and something tells me it’s going to be a bit of a game changer. What are you expecting from tonight’s episode? Will Jimmy win his appeal? Will Mike be able to find his man? What kind of problems is Lalo cooking up? And will we get another glimpse of the Breaking Bad timeline? Sound off in the comments. If you’d like to talk more Saul or follow along as I live Tweet the finale, be sure to follow me on Twitter @iamgeek32. Outside of that, I’ll see you all here tomorrow evening with our last episode review. Just take a deep breath and remember, it’s all good man.
Images and trailer from AMC