Oh my God, you guys. The ‘Better Call Saul’ finale was even more devastating– and strange– than we could have imagined. Jimmy’s past came back in a major way, and it gave us quite a few questions about what that means for Jimmy’s future.
On the Apr. 6 season finale of Better Call Saul, we got some pretty huge questions answered as well as the somewhat unravelling of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk). We also saw the backlash of that major Chuck (Michael McKean) bombshell and, someone we thought was unimportant from Jimmy’s past returns and wrecks some major havoc. Check out the finale recap!
‘Better Call Saul’ Finale
It’s all come to an end.
We start off in another bizarre flashback, this time in a dimly lit bar. Jimmy walks in and confronts his old con-bestie, Marco (Mel Rodriguez)–ya know, the one who pretended to be near-dead so he and Jimmy could convince that unknowing fellow to give ’em $500 for a fake Rolex.
Jimmy tells Marco that he’s leaving for New Mexico, despite having just gotten out of jail. He adds that he’s going with Chuck, and giving up his Slippin’ Jimmy ways, which Marco is none too pleased to hear.
Back in the present, Jimmy arrives at HH&M and has a little chat with Kim (Rhea Seahorn). He tells her that he will in fact hand over the big Sandpiper case to Howard (Patrick Fabian).
“How’d you find out?” Howard asks him. “I never wanted it to go this way,” he adds before Jimmy cuts him off.
“I get it,” Jimmy says. Howard gives Jimmy the promised money for handing over the case. Jimmy then gives Howard something in return: Chuck’s shopping list, since he will no longer be doing it. The list is… lengthy.
We Don’t Forgive You, Chuck
“You’ve been doing all of this every day?” Howard asks, pointing out again what a grade A D-bag Chuck is for being so terrible to his brother.
Back in the parking lot, Jimmy and Kim share a nice moment (okay, these two better clear the romantic air this episode or we are gonna have some serious problems).
At the retirement home, Jimmy is dictating a rousing game of bingo. As he continues to call numbers, we see the wheels in his head slowly start to turn– furiously. “B…as in Betrayal,” he says before basically losing it. It’s equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious to see the old folks staring blankly back at him, waiting to hear him call the number.
Jimmy then goes on a rant so epic, I can’t really retell it here, but it explained what exactly a “Chicago Sunroof” is. He finishes, then drops the mic. The pure hurt he is feeling is devastating.
Slippin’ Jimmy Returns
After the big blowup, Jimmy returns to that bar where he bid Marco farewell all those years ago. Marco is passed out on the bar– midday, natch. Jimmy orders each of them a beer (uh, Jimmy, I don’t think Marco needs that). Once Jimmy successfully wakes him, Marco can barely believe it’s his old pal in the flesh.
As the two catch up, Jimmy decides to add that Slippin’ to the front of his name again, and con another patron. The entire scheme is just a joy to watch. And with that, the two begin to plan a full blown heist.
Jimmy wakes up in bed with an angry woman. “You are not Kevin Costner,” she screams at him. Um, lady, I’m sorry but thats your fault for falling for that one. The lady and a friend storm out, leaving Jimmy to check his messages. Lots of concerned old people have inquired about their new legal representation.
Marco emerges, open bathrobe and all, and Jimmy tells him again that he’s going to have to bail. Marco, devastated to be losing his partner once more, convinces Jimmy to do one more Rolex heist with him. Turns out, it’s the same Rolex heist, only this time, Marco isn’t faking– he has a heart attack. And then, right there in the alley, Marco dies.
Jimmy helplessly pounds on his chest and it’s so sad. At Marco’s funeral, Jimmy steps outside to smoke and we learn that Marco’s ring has gone to Jimmy– that ring. While outside, he gets a call from Kim, saying HHM is partnering with another firm on the Sandpiper case, a firm out in Santa Fe. And they want to make Jimmy an offer.
Back at Chuck’s, he is getting his daily delivery from a scared young guy. As the guy leaves Chuck’s, he sees Jimmy parked out front and approaches. As Chuck watches the guy drive away, he notices Jimmy parked outside and gets visibly nervous, but it appears that Jimmy leaves without making an impact.
Back at Mike’s (Jonathan Banks) tollbooth, we see Jimmy pull up one last time. “What stopped us?” Jimmy asks, about why he and Mike didn’t take that Kettleman money.
“Well I know what stopped me, and it’s never stopping me again,” Jimmy says as he speeds off, clearing the path for Jimmy to become who we first met him as on Breaking Bad: Saul.
And that’s it for the first season of Better Call Saul. Kinda underwhelming finale, right? Or did you think it was fitting? Tell us, and we’ll see you next season!
— Casey Mink