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We knew the Better Call Saul series finale would be emotional, gut-wrenching, and much more from the start. It was difficult to know what to expect!
With that said, we went into the story expecting Gene to be unable to escape this time and, in the end, to be arrested; it just felt the most complete that the guy who worked so difficult to retain people out of jail as well as a scam the system wound up being there himself.
Let us now move on to the events of this episode. After all, we learned at the beginning of the episode that Saul had been arrested. He was unable to elude the authorities and was eventually discovered in a dumpster. He then hired Bill Oakley as his attorney and faced a slew of charges.
The first huge surprise of the finale was the appearance of Marie (Betsy Brandt) to confront Saul about his role in Hank’s death. Unfortunately for her, she was met with even more heartbreak when he was able to convince the prosecution that he was an unwilling accessory to the crime afraid for his life. He eventually reduced his sentence to seven and a half years. He even got his preferred location, North Carolina!
But did he truly desire something more? As it turns out, he did — and it wasn’t exactly what anyone expected. He made certain that he was extradited to New Mexico, as well as he promised that he was about to drop another big carrot.
It was enough to compel Kim Wexler to appear in court. Then he confessed to everything — everything — and decided to accept the harshest possible sentence. In the end, he didn’t back down from anything.
Kim, did you see him again?
Yes, as it turns out. She noticed his sudden change and went to see him in jail. He wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but there was a way to form some sort of bond there. Will she run into him again? We can’t say, but after their final encounter, we believe there is a way for both of them to move forward and live their lives differently.
Overall, this was a lovely, full-circle ending that was unexpected, nostalgic, and well worth the journey. Perhaps it will be divisive (as all finales are), but this hit all the right notes and delivered on the original intent.
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