Better Call Saul Season 6 Repeats A Huge Breaking Bad Ending Risk

Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Better Call Saul season 6, episode 1.

The flashforward in Better Call Saul season 6 mirrors a major risk taken by Breaking Bad season 5, when the creators were looking to setup Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) ending. Better Call Saul season 6 is the last, which means Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan are looking to move the pieces into place for the endgame right from the beginning. While certain strands have been setup all along, at least in broad strokes - Gene's (Bob Odenkirk) uncertain fate, Kim's (Rhea Seehorn) mysterious future, the cartel storyline - the season 6 premiere throws a curveball into the mix.

Rather than its traditional Gene opening, Better Call Saul season 6 begins with a flashforward to Saul Goodman's house, showing it being raided. The sequence takes place during an as-yet-unconfirmed point in the Breaking Bad timeline, but portends a sense of doom for Jimmy McGill. Whether Better Call Saul returns to this sequence remains to be seen, but it's a familiar opening gambit that's in-keeping with Breaking Bad.

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In Breaking Bad season 5, episode 1, Walt acquires a machine gun, a move that would set up his ultimate ending. Fast-forward to Breaking Bad's finale, and the machine gun had to be used in some way, the result of which was one of the show's sillier moments, as Walt killed a group of neo-Nazis using the machine gun rigged to a system in his car trunk. When the gun was introduced in Breaking Bad season 5, Gilligan and the other writers had no idea how it would be used; indeed, it was something they struggled with for much of season 5, until hitting upon the idea of introducing Jack Welker (Michael Bown) and his white supremacist gang and having the weapon be used to kill them and save Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Saul Goodman's house in Better Call Saul season 6 isn't quite at that level, but it's a similarly mysterious setup and piece of foreshadowing that needs to be paid off.

Starting the final season with a flashforward to an unconfirmed (to viewers) point in time is something of a bold gambit and potential risk, at least insofar as it's something that has to be delivered upon, but it's also once again a clear sign of the writers' confidence in what they're doing. Better Call Saul has often seemed more methodical than Breaking Bad, but both shows have a sense of seeing where characters and storylines happen to read rather than plotting every detail out carefully - for instance, Better Call Saul season 5's Kim twist was a late-in-the-day change. The flashforward to Saul's house doesn't carry the same explosive threat as Walt's machine gun, but it is a tantalizing hint of where the story is at that could be built upon in myriad ways.

One of the most likely options is that the flashforward takes place specifically around the same time as the black-and-white Gene scenes - since the house sequence replaces the customary Omaha sequence, and even begins in the same monochrome style before moving to color. If that is the case, then the house being raided - perhaps after Walt's death - would further fit with the idea of Gene's past catching up to him and the story coming full circle. Similarly, with no hint of Kim in that house, then it could tie-in to her fate and why she isn't in Breaking Bad, and whether or not she and Jimmy will reunite in the future. Breaking Bad's ending stuck the landing, even despite having to work with the setup of a machine gun; just how the house and teases of the future fit into Better Call Saul's ending are unclear, but hopefully it can finish with the same sense of style.

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Better Call Saul releases new episodes Mondays on AMC.



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