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Better Call Saul Season 4: Conundrums Decoded in Finale

It's sad, but real.

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For fans who love Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), and want him to further his redeemable qualities while playing of smartly his con cards, the season four finale has brought bad news. The show has faded away into a deep sense of heartlessness now that its titular character has lost even the desolate tinges of ‘good’. We all knew that the way Jimmy circumvents around his challenges to stand on top is in a dearth of an ethical sensation. But season 4 of Better Call Saul has only given a hard push to the bad in him. Jimmy’s partner Kim faces insurmountable emotional challenges in this particular episode. Disappointed in his insincerity, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) sets in the most heart-wrenching sequences for the show.

Death of Characters

The figurative death of Jimmy McGill was not alone the only dramatic moment in the saga. Better Call Saul also lost its German engineer, Werner Zeigler (Rainer Bock). Werner for nearly a year, dwelled in the underground trenches to oversee the construction of Gus’ meth lab. But, all thanks to the show’s dreadful lack of emotion, Mike Ehrmantraut executed his newly found BFF. While the Jimmy McGill side has scope for redemption, Zeigler’s loss is irrevocable. Nevertheless, death does not come off without serving a strong narrative stand-point.

Mike Goes Dark

Mike who was always on the grey edge on the show has developed into a cold-blooded monster this season. We have never seen Mike going this dark, but now the iniquity is undeniable. Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), is on the brink of being fully absorbed into the Salamanca empire and Salamanca captain Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) is facing what looks a purgatorial sentence.

Comparison with Breaking Bad

Season 4 of Better Call Saul is a lucid representation of the prequel departs from Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad was palpably a linear show. Things followed the conscience of cause and effect. Walter White would almost always be the cause and repercussions would trail of his actions. Better Call Saul incorporates multiple universes in a very complex storyline. Before they eventually intersect at a point, these rivers will flow in different directions exploring coherently the background that caused Breaking Bad. We’re talking about the evolution of Jimmy McGill and Mike Ehrmantraut, the two lines that ran parallel for so long will now soon converge.

What About Kim?

There is more work on the blank slate of Kim’s character. Kim manages the outlaw tendencies without really transgressing major ethical boundaries. Her hands are dirty, but she is yet to smear herself head to toe like Jimmy. She maneuvers tactfully using the wit of her profession, but sometimes lands up in the doom of her own actions. The phony letters of support will be back to haunt Kim, and the architectural plans for Mesa Verde’s El Paso branch have also put Kim in a fix. Kim slides between intellect and emotional impulsion, regularly connecting herself with the Breaking Bad set up. Jimmy has pulled Kim up by the bootstraps. As Jimmy will now venture out on the violent field now, the upcoming season awaits a violent, tragic end for Kim’s character if she continues to get overwhelmed by her infatuation towards the con man.

What the Finale Tells Us

Better Call Saul is a show sadly beautiful. The show’s finale invokes multiple times into the reason of why people do things. Whether it be Mike’s reaction when Werner pleads for his life, or Jimmy’s reluctance to talk about his brother’s death; the show greatly strikes the emotional chord. The show tries to intelligently disguise our naïve yearning for a moralistic approach through heartless dialogues, but it fails to stop us from hoping. And, this is something the show knows itself. There is a moral dimension, otherwise, you just have chaos. It seems that the law-abiding writers have uncanny desires that they will fulfill if they are eventually set loose.

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