'Better Call Saul' Season 6 Review: Beautifully crafted and sublimely acted, the TV's most riveting drama comes to an end
The ‘Breaking Bad’ universe has finally concluded and it’s truly the end of an era that gave viewers some of the most thrilling moments in the history of television. When Season 6 started, we all knew that things will get a lot more serious than they were in the previous editions and the makers didn’t take much time in giving us a preview of that when they killed Michael Mando’s Nacho in the initial episodes of the edition. Well, that was rough and a lot of people were unable to get over that. As we moved forward, things started getting even more intense and viewers knew that something even more catastrophic was waiting for them and that’s what Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan did.
Apart from all the deaths and gloomy stuff, the show made us realize that there is one person that Saul or Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) would put ahead of his self-interest and that person is Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn).
In the finale, we saw Saul finally getting caught for all the bad things that he has done in his life and striking a plea deal with the prosecution. However, everything changes when he gets to know his ex-wife Kim is also on the radar of the court and she might also lose everything. How? In the last week’s episode, we saw Kim telling the truth to the court and also, Howard’s wife. Now, she can’t prove that Saul and Kim killed Howard, but her confession can be used to file a civil lawsuit against her. He couldn’t see her losing everything and ended up taking the blame for all the wrongdoings, making us believe that Jimmy was still present in him somewhere.
The ending of ‘Better Call Saul’ comes nine years after the conclusion of the mother series ‘Breaking Bad’ and marks the end of this universe. The best thing about the last season was how it was able to blend different genres together and give a new meaning to the legal drama. Creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan had the responsibility of ending the series on a high, giving viewers a season that increases the tension but also gives closure to many storylines. If there’s one thing that ‘Better Call Saul’ did better than ‘Breaking Bad’, then it was undoubtedly the show’s ability to astonish and delight viewers at the same time. The unpredictable narrative, the gorgeous–looking cinematography, and marvelous performances by every single actor made Season 6 a thrilling watch.
It is really hard for everyone to make the final season the best one. I mean, look at ‘Game of Thrones’. They killed the entire show with a mediocre final season and angered everyone. Even though we had some nervousness for the recently ended season, the duo of Gould and Gilligan reassured us why they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to storytelling. As far as performances are concerned, Bob Odenkirk has once again shown why he is one of the greatest actors of this generation. The final courtroom scene sees him being at his strongest and if you look at that scene closely, you’ll realize how determined he is to give a perfect ending to this phenomenal story. If he doesn’t win an EMMY for this, I’ll be highly disappointed.
Meanwhile, the season’s real hero has been Rhea Seehorn. There is no doubt that Seehorn has been playing Kim Wexler with a lot of precision. But Season 6 gave her the opportunity to take the center stage and show her skills as an actor. Her performance is nuanced and cements her place in the elite list of actresses that carried the series on their shoulders. It can be two in two in the acting categories at the Primetime Emmys. Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Dalton, Patrick Fabian, Jonathan Banks, and Michael Mando are PHENOMENAL in their respective roles. They are just brilliant.
With the ending of Season 6, we have learned one thing for sure. And that one thing is, ‘Better Call Saul’ is still the most extraordinary and riveting drama on television. It is a reminder that ‘BCS’ got out of ‘Breaking Bad’s shadow and became an identity of its own. On several occasions, it even eclipses the mother series.
It’s truly the end of an era and there might not be another ‘Better Call Saul’.
It’s all (Saul) Good-man!