Better Call Saul: final review of season 5


“At the end of its penultimate season, Better Call Saul rose far beyond the meager status of” just ” a Breaking Bad spin-off, one of the best TV shows, period. Showrunner Peter Gould succeeded in expanding the franchise with unparalleled characters like Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton), without relying too much on Breaking Bad reminders (no cameos Walter or Jesse here) to make the series more substantial. In this week’s finale, titled “Something Unforgivable,” Gould also reminds us that he is a director of helluva, giving each of these characters meaningful stories that should carry over to the sixth and final season.

Lalo Salamanca vs. Nacho Varga

The buildup around Nacho’s possible betrayal of the Salamanca clan has been really thrilling, and Lton’s portrayal of Dalton was one of the surprising highlights of Season 5. He’s a fantastic villain, like Gus, but with a little more charm. As soon as Varga lets these heavily armed assassins into the Lalo complex, it is clear that Gould is preparing us for a moment “let’s see how he gets out”, and that does not disappoint.Breaking Bad, as a franchise, has already established itself as a visually striking sight. So whether it’s the Jesse cam scene from season 4 of the original series, or the POV sequence inducing Lalo’s claustrophobia as he crawls through a secret underground tunnel, we are often treated to something unexpected and unique. The question now is (assuming Lalo doesn’t survive after the last season), who will bring him down? Although we don’t get an inner monologue from Lalo, he’s probably aware that Nacho betrayed him, and if that angry look is an indication, he targets Nacho first, although Nacho isn’t as verbose as Lalo. due to the stoic nature of his character, his script has been exciting (if not as tragic) to watch this season. Gould and his team continue to discover ways to sympathize with these “bad guys”. Nacho is a great example of this because even though he made his bed, so to speak, his desire to leave his criminal life behind to save his father is an admirable trait that you cannot help but defend. As much as I like to watch Lalo’s crazy antics week after week, I also encourage Nacho to make it out alive.

Has Kim gone dark because of Jimmy?

While Season 5 saw Jimmy McGill begin his transformation into a shady lawyer Saul Goodman, it was the convincing portrait of Kim’s Seehorn that underwent the biggest makeover. The last time we see Kim and Jimmy, the two are trying to find the best way to discredit Patrick Fabian’s Howard Hamlin. In a shocking twist, Kim overtakes Jimmy with a devious plan which even he think goes too far. It seems that not long ago, Kim was Jimmy’s moral foundation. But after last week’s confrontation with a psycho Lalo, Kim looks confident and ready to make her way at any cost.Kim could be the most fascinating character in the series, even surpassing Jimmy with his complexity. On the one hand, Kim left her prestigious law firm to help people without the means to hire lawyers at her level, but on the other hand, she agrees with the participation of Jimmy in the cartels and begins to think of ways to defame someone who doesn’t deserve it. Forget Jimmy who sinks, Kim break before it’s over?

And of course, we can’t forget Jimmy, who hasn’t completely filled Saul Goodman yet. Watching him plead with Mike for Kim’s safety is a powerful indicator that he hasn’t quite turned into the lawyer for the crossover mall we know of Breaking Bad. This episode also highlights Jimmy’s general concern that Kim will become like him, or worse, a categorical criminal. Since we already know the fate of Gus and Mike, some of the most important questions regarding the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul will be what will happen to Kim, Nacho and Lalo before it is all over? Fortunately, Gould ends season 5 with exciting possibilities instead of an infuriating cliffhanger.


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