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Better Call Saul Season 6 Part 2 on Netflix UK: All you need to know about the 'devastating' final episodes
As the final episodes of the Breaking Bad prequel arrive on Netflix, we finally find out how Jimmy completes his transformation into Saul Goodman - and what becomes of Kim.
Bob Odenkirk’s loveable rogue has returned for the final six episodes of Better Call Saul, and unsurprisingly it promises to be an emotional ride as we discover how the series dovetails with the beginning of the show that inspired it, Breaking Bad.
The final season of the series has been split into two parts for release on Netflix. The first seven episodes aired from 19 April, concluding with a dramatic mid-season finale which had viewers eagerly anticipating the drama ahead.
Happily, the final episodes are here: episode 8, entitled Point and Shoot, was released on 12 July and the final five programmes will be released every Tuesday until the very last episode of Better Call Saul airs on 16 August.
The long awaited finale has had some setbacks. Not only did the global coronavirus pandemic disrupt schedules, but filming last summer was halted when Jimmy/Saul himself, Bob Odenkirk, suffered a heart attack on set.
In an interview he told The Guardian that after a spell in hospital, rather than slowing down, he thought: “I have to keep going. This is great!”
Luckily for fans of the show he did, and shooting wrapped on 10 February.
On the subject of the finale he enigmatically revealed to Empire online:
“I can’t wait for people to see this final season. There’s so many different places it goes, and there’s so much happening. It’s amazing.”
Better Call Saul final episodes trailer
A teaser trailer for the final six episodes was released by the show's US broadcaster AMC on 7 July. The cryptic 52-second-long clip pans over the show's familiar locations in black and white, before switching to full colour to show Saul's garish wardrobe and the lawyer uttering the words "Let justice be done... though the heavens fall". The phrase was also spoken by Jimmy's brother Chuck in the season 3 episode Chicanery, before he testifies against Jimmy in a bit to discredit him to the Bar Association.
The locations, familiar from both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, which feature in the teaser are:
- Saul Goodman's gaudy strip mall office - columns and all - from Breaking Bad;
- Gus Fring's restaurant, Los Pollos Hermanos;
- Jimmy and Kim's flat;
- The Albuquerque courtroom where much of the series' action has taken place;
- The Crossroads Motel, frequented by drug users, dealers and prostitutes;
- Gus Fring's half-built superlab, where Walter White and Jesse Pinkman later manufacture their crystal meth on an industrial scale.
Season 6 will see Jimmy McGill complete his transformation into Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman. But just how will he leave his conscience behind and become the fully fledged dodgy lawyer that represents almost every criminal in Albuquerque?
Which Breaking Bad characters will appear in Season 6?
As a Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul contains the spoiler of knowing which characters survive the series. We know ‘handyman’ Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) will survive and fried chicken and drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) will go from strength to strength.
It’s also been a joy to see characters such as Hank Shrader (Dean Norris) and Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) make their first appearances, but can we expect any more Breaking Bad alumni to appear?
In an interview with Collider.com, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston seemed very open to the idea of returning to the character of Walter White.
“I would be in it if Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who are co-executive producers on it, wanted me to be in it," he said.
But more doubtful is the return of Jesse Pinkman after actor Aaron Paul told Digital Spy: “I can't imagine him showing up in Better Call Saul".
What happens to Lalo, Nacho and Howard?
*WARNING: Season 6 part 1 Spoilers ahead*
But the big question at the beginning of season 6 was what happens to the Better Call Saul characters who don’t make it to Breaking Bad?
Cartel enforcer Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) has been a loose canon since he arrived in season 4, so whatever his exit storyline, it’s bound to be explosive.
Nacho Varga, played by Michael Mando, has also led a far from blameless life throughout the show as he tries to bring the Salamanca organisation down from within. But as we don't see him in Breaking Bad, is this where his luck finally runs out?
Interestingly, both Lalo and Nacho are mentioned by Saul in the season 2 episode of Breaking Bad (also titled Better Call Saul) which first introduced us to the shady lawyer. Will we finally find out why a kidnapped Saul, fearing for his life, said: “It wasn’t me, it was Ignacio, he's the one... Did Lalo send you?”?
Then there’s Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian), former business partner of Jimmy's brother Chuck, ex-boss of both Jimmy and Kim and the source of much of their unhappiness.
Ariel Levine, a writer on the show hinted at his fate in the ‘Better Call Saul insider’ podcast: “It’s not going to end well for Howard,” she said.
Sadly, we already know the fate of both Howard and Nacho, and Lalo has a hand - directly or otherwise - in both their deaths in the first half of season 6.
Pursued by a vengeful Salamanca cartel and left in the cold by Gus - who had been covertly working for - Nacho is forced to tell the Salamancas that Gus had no part in the attack on Lalo's compound before grabbing a gun and shooting himself before the Cousins or Gus's henchman Victor can kill him.
Howard's demise, meanwhile, was even more sudden and dramatic. Arriving at Jimmy and Kim's flat in the dying minutes of the mid-season finale to confront them over their attempts to discredit him through association with drugs and prostitutes, Howard is interrupted by the arrival of Lalo, who cold-bloodedly shoots him in the head, killing him on the spot.
What happens to Kim?
But the character most people want to know about is Kim Wexler, played by Rhea Seehorn, now Jimmy’s wife and last seen plotting the downfall of ex-boss Howard.
Will she continue down this darker path? Will she leave Jimmy? Or does the worst happen and she falls victim to the many factions she and Jimmy have crossed over the course of five seasons?
Replying to a tweet asking her to describe Season 6 in one word, Seehorn simply wrote: “Devastating.”
But is she talking about the fate of her character specifically, or the whole show?
How will Better Caul Saul end?
Another part of the puzzle we’re hoping gets solved is the murky black and white future of Jimmy aka Saul aka Gene. Throughout the series we’ve had glimpses of a down-on-his-luck Gene, who after fleeing New Mexico at the end of Breaking Bad, is now managing a Cinnabon store in an Omaha shopping mall.
Spending his time between the mall and his tiny apartment, Gene is in hiding, alone and paranoid. He’s certainly not the Slippin’ Jimmy we’ve got to know and love.
Actor Bob Odenkirk describes the series' climax to Empire online as: “Powerful, surprising, subtle, kind of low-key".
So not the explosive end some might expect.
Of course, it’s not the end for Saul Goodman as we know he goes on to Breaking Bad infamy. And once the curtain falls on Better Call Saul, don't be surprised if you feel like watching the misadventures of Walter White all over again.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, writer and director Peter Gould said: "By the time you finish watching Better Call Saul, you’re going to see Breaking Bad in a very different light.”
The final six episodes of Better Call Saul season 6 begin on Netflix on 12 July. One episode will be released every Tuesday until the series finale airs on 16 August.
Watch seasons 1-5 of Better Call Saul on Netflix.
Seasons 1-5 of Breaking Bad are available to watch on Netflix now.