The final episode of each episode of the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul has finally arrived on Netflix in the UK
The final episode of Better Call Saul, titled Saul Gone, brought Jimmy McGill’s story to an emotional conclusion.
The Breaking Bad prequel series first aired in 2015, and we met seedy, loveable lawyer and his love interest Kim Wexler years before he became involved with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.
Seven years later, the story finally comes full circle and we now know where Jimmy ended up after the events of Breaking Bad.
What happened in the Better Call Saul finale, what does it mean and which characters have returned? What you need to know:
*Big spoilers for the Season 6 finale of Better Call Saul**
What happened in the Better Call Saul finale?
The final episode begins with a flashback that takes place during the Season 5 episode, Bagman, where Jimmy and Mike are trekking through the New Mexico desert.
Jimmy proposes to Mike that they split up the $7 million they’re carrying, but Mike doesn’t go along with the plan.
Jimmy then asks Mike where he would go if he had a time machine, and Mike tells him it would be the day he took his first bribe. In return, Jimmy suggests that he would go back to the day Warren Buiffett founded and invested in Berkshire Hathaway to make himself rich.
Next we’re back in the black and white flashforwards, with Jimmy on the run from the police – he’s found hiding in a trash can and taken to the police station from where he calls the Cinnabon and tells them they need a new one manager before calling fellow attorney Bill Oakley for his help.
Jimmy is offered a bargain and Hank Schrader’s wife, Marie, returns to take part in the negotiations.
Jimmy weaves a story about how he was forced to work for Walter and Jesse and feared for his life – adding that he only needs one member of the jury to believe him to avoid charges. Ultimately, he negotiates an extension from 30 years to 7 years, plus his preference for jail and cell block, with a tub of ice cream thrown in every week of his sentence.
The next scene is another flashback, this time to Jimmy’s Breaking Bad days, and he has the same time machine conversation with Walter White.
White says he regrets letting go of his part in Gray Matter so easily, while Jimmy says his big regret was getting injured in a scam when he was 22. White responds by saying, “So you’ve always been like this”.
Back in Black and White, and Jimmy tells prosecutors he has dirt on Kim that he’d be willing to trade – Kim, who volunteered for a legal aid charity, gets wind of it and shows up for his sentencing hearing.
At the hearing, Jimmy begins by repeating the same line about how he worked for White out of fear, before completely changing course – admitting that he did it for the money and that without him White would have been in prison or dead within the first month of his criminal enterprise, and Hank and Steve Gomez would probably still be alive.
Jimmy adds that he fed the district attorney lies about Kim’s involvement in Howard Hamlin’s death so that she would come to the hearing to watch him confess.
The next scene is a flashback to when Jimmy was helping Chuck and the two talk about clients and Chuck offers some brotherly advice. He tells Jimmy that “there’s no shame in going back and changing your path”. As the scene ends, we see that Chuck has been reading The Time Machine.
The next scene sees Jimmy on a prison bus surrounded by other inmates, who recognize him and begin chanting his catchphrase, “Your better call Saul,” and a hint of a smile crosses Jimmy’s face.
Jimmy is now working in the prison kitchen in a scene reminiscent of his time at the Cinnabon when he is told his attorney has an appointment.
It turns out that Kim came to see him – she explains that her New Mexico lawcard has no expiration date. The pair catch up with a cigarette, the butt of which is the only color in the scene, and it is revealed that Jimmy has been sentenced to 86 years in prison.
As Kim exits the prison, she looks at Jimmy through the fence, he makes his finger gun gesture, and we cut to black, Better Call Saul is done.
What does the Better Call Saul ending mean?
The Better Call Saul finale was packed with metaphor and deeper meaning, and it would take a book to fully explore it, but here are the key takeaways:
In the end, Jimmy finally came off alright. After doing everything in his power to evade justice and rigging his way to a lenient sentence, the weight of his crimes finally rested on his conscience.
After several flashbacks that showed Jimmy’s pursuit of money above all else, it seems like he took Chuck’s words on board and changed his path.
So now Jimmy will spend the rest of his life behind bars, but he’s finally confessed to his crimes and accepted responsibility for his actions – he sees prison as punishment not just for his dealings with Walter White, but for his role in the death of Chuck and Howard.
And what about Kim? Well, she still has a potentially crippling civil lawsuit hanging over her head, but it looks like she’s at least escaping jail.
This seems fair since Kim’s crimes were on a much lower level than Jimmy’s. Kim has also returned to law, albeit as a volunteer, and will use her skills to help people and atone for the damage she caused in her and Jimmy’s plan against Howard.
With Jimmy in prison, there’s no hope for him and Kim to live the life of wedded bliss they envisioned in the weeks leading up to Howard’s death. But it looks like the two are at least friends again.
The finale of “Better Call Saul” was bittersweet, we saw Jimmy finally get well even though it cost him his freedom.