The finale of Better Call Saul has finally aired, and I can safely say this was one of my favourite seasons of television ever – even rivalling Breaking Bad at its peak.
The character arcs come to their natural conclusions, and the show has never been as action-packed and intense as this. How would I rank all 13 episodes?
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13 – Black and Blue (Ep 5)
In the only misstep of the season, the boxing scene between Howard and Jimmy felt completely out of place in this otherwise serious show.
The Lalo stuff is still good, but the boxing scene and general slow pace of the plot makes “Black and Blue” an easy last place.
12 – Hit and Run (Ep 4)
Fun fact – this episode was directed by none other than Kim Wexler herself, Rhea Seehorn! That lady has far too much talent.
“Hit and Run” has a really engaging scheme to knock Howard down even further, and Jimmy impersonating him was so much fun. It’s a lot slower than the previous episode, but I could tell they were building to something big again.
11 – Axe and Grind (Ep 6)
Yet another episode directed by a member of the cast, and this time it was Giancarlo Esposito – none other than Gus Fring himself!
There’s a lot of good stuff going on in “Axe and Grind” – Lalo is as intimidating as ever, and Kim makes a life-altering decision. I knew the next episode would be an all-timer.
10 – Nippy (Ep 10)
I’m not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed when they teased the Breaking Bad era in the previous episode only to then jump ahead to Gene times again.
That initial disappointment aside, “Nippy” is a really great episode that ended up being surprisingly intense. The heist is so much fun, and it’s great to see Gene returning to his Saul Goodman tricks once again.
9 – Wine and Roses (Ep 1)
The Season 6 opener “Wine and Roses” picks up right where Season 5 left off (after an incredible cold open, of course), and the Nacho escape stuff is the some of the most intense TV I’ve seen all year.
The ending with Lalo killing the two men was also a chilling reminder that he’s a force of nature – his desire for proof left me genuinely worried for the main cast.
8 – Breaking Bad (Ep 11)
I love the title of this episode – “Better Call Saul” in the original show was our introduction to Saul, and now “Breaking Bad” here had the first cameos from Walt and Jesse.
Awesome cameos aside, I really liked the parallels they managed to draw between the present-day stuff and the Breaking Bad era. Above all else, I was both glad and horrified to see Gene fully embrace the Saul persona once more.
7 – Fun and Games (Ep 9)
Little did we know at the time, “Fun and Games” turned out to be the end of Jimmy McGill’s time on the show.
The Cartel meeting with Gus had some serious Breaking Bad energy, the flash forward at the end made me giddy, and the breakup scene between Jimmy and Kim was some of the best acting I’ve seen all year. Hopefully both Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn can finally get some Emmy recognition this year!
6 – Carrot and Stick (Ep 2)
“Carrot and Stick” continues the opening episode’s trend of intense Nacho scenes, and this was up there as one of the most action-packed episodes in the whole series.
His escape from the seedy hotel was the kind of fist-pumping euphoria I’d expect from Breaking Bad, and the wait for the next episode was agonising.
5 – Waterworks (Ep 12)
It’s pretty crazy how Aaron Paul slips right back into the role of Jesse and gives an amazing cameo, and yet that was hardly a memorable moment in the grand scheme of things.
Rhea Seehorn kills it, and the scene on the bus where she broke down was heart-wrenching. On top of that, the ending where Saul finally gets caught gave me goosebumps.
4 – Saul Gone (Ep 13)
I’m writing this literally a couple of hours after seeing the finale, so my opinions may change. What I can say with absolute certainty is that I’m satisfied with where the series ended.
There were pitch-perfect cameos from Walt, Chuck and Marie, and the conversations that Jimmy has either in the present day or in flashbacks could not have been written any better. Whilst the ending may have been slightly predictable, it was a fitting and poetic way to cap off Saul’s story.
3 – Rock and Hard Place (Ep 3)
“Rock and Hard Place” felt like a show-stopping season finale – and it was only episode three!
Nacho’s demise is both badass and fitting – he finally took his life into his own hands, and he didn’t let anyone else decide how he was going to die. A perfect end for an awesome character.
2 – Point and Shoot (Ep 8)
After the agonising wait for the mid-season break to subside, Better Call Saul came back with a bang.
“Point and Shoot” is a non-stop thrill ride, and Lalo is on peak form. His showdown with Gus is easily one of my favourite moments in the entire Breaking Bad universe, and a perfect way for the larger-than-life villain to fall.
1 – Plan and Execution (Ep 7)
The six seasons of messing with Howard finally came to a head, and the scheme to soil his name is both brilliant and tragically captivating.
The first 90% of “Plan and Execution” is already amazing, but then we got the best scene in the entire series – Howard confronting Jimmy and Kim is so well acted, and his shock death at the hands of Lalo left me speechless for a good five minutes after the credits rolled. TV at its absolute best.
Season Rating: A
A near-perfect season of television, and a phenomenal way to close off this excellent show. If episodes 4-6 were stronger, this may have even rivalled the final two seasons of Breaking Bad.
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