Better Caul Saul finale review


Ethan Atkinson

Better Call Saul’s ending overall goes great with how the show portrays Jimmy’s life as a lawyer and criminal.

Ethan Atkinson, Digital Staff

Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s renowned series Better Call Saul has finally ended after six seasons and seven years. The finale of the show drew a lot of attention to how the long cinematic universe of Breaking Bad is finally coming to a conclusion. Better Call Saul’s finale did a lot for the main character Jimmy Mcgill, also known as Saul Goodman, who changed his final choice, instead of going to jail or cheating the system like he did the entirety of the show. Jimmy’s past decisions were all the real him, but only through the terrible things Jimmy thought he would need to do to stay afloat in his life. Jimmy’s greed and selfishness shone through when he thought that was all he could do to save himself. Jimmy was only a good person under the right circumstances.

What I think pushes Jimmy to do the right thing and confess in the court finale is his past decisions and what people have thought about him in the past. Howard Hamlin, Jimmy’s old boss and the CEO of HHM, the law firm in Better Caul Saul, says “you can’t hide who you really are forever.” This was likely talking about how deep down Jimmy is a good guy, and that will only show depending on his future decisions. This ending shows the people watching that Jimmy was a good person but made bad decisions out of greed and selfishness. Along with showing that Jimmy might have a good side it also shows that all of Jimmy’s bad choices will catch up to him.

Jimmy’s lack of good choice-making makes the ending even better because the show goes back into memories of his bad choices and what they did to affect others alongside himself. These moments of selfishness land Jimmy in prison in the end, but these moments were not the real Jimmy; Jimmy’s real self is only shown in the moments that he gives up faking a selfish and egocentric life to be a person that is not self-centered.

In the finale, Chuck Mcgill, Jimmy’s older brother and law mentor, states that “My brother is not a bad person. He has a good heart. It’s just he can’t help himself. And everyone’s left picking up the pieces.” I think this quote is really what tells us how Jimmy’s actions had consequences over the entire show, even when his choices affect people very close to him he still does nothing to change until the end. To me, this quote means a lot over the entire show but the main idea of it meaning he’s a good person with bad actions relates to the ending with Jimmy’s “leftover pieces” being picked up by him this time instead of other people going through this work after his wake.

To me, this ending doesn’t make me feel bad for Jimmy even though I know that he’s the one person that’s supposed to get out of every bad situation with just loopholes. Even with him being the main character that you’re supposed to feel sympathy for, I can’t feel bad for someone that helped a murderer. The ending of Better Call Saul overall goes great with how the show portrays Jimmy’s life as a lawyer and criminal. I think that the ending makes Jimmy more human than ever; It makes me feel like the characters that made it to the end of the series aren’t just done after Jimmy is arrested. Instead, they still live on even without Jimmy.