Fifteen years later, the BREAKING BAD / BETTER CALL SAUL universe comes to a fitting close. Even though I’m sad to see it end, I’m happy that I can use streaming services as a “Time Machine” and relive one of the best TV universes of all time.
When BETTER CALL SAUL started, audiences didn’t click to tune in with the same passion as BREAKING BAD. However, now that we are at the end of the road, you can’t find a BCS fan that doesn’t sing the praise for Slippin Jimmy. If you are one of those that missed this brilliant six-season series that had a top ten five finale of all time, it’s okay. As Chuck states, “If you don’t like where you are heading, there’s no shame in going back and changing your path.” AKA – binge this series now. You don’t want to “regret” it.
I’ll remember two things the most from my time with BCS:
- Everything left unsaid – stays unsaid. BCS is the best quiet show to say absolutely nothing while also saying so much. When Jimmy and Kim share a cigarette in the series, they don’t say anything consequential, but at the same time, their body language tells it all.
- Left Turns. I’ve never seen a show that continuously puts its main characters into dead ends only to have them escape in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. It’s applause-worthy writing and a best-in-class celebration of narrative TV.
BCS proved that it’s not a lesser-than prequel. Instead, it has become a very different series that is actually better than BREAKING BAD. This is because the heart and comedy shine in this glorious black-and-white send-off of TV’s favorite lawyer.
Audiences owe themselves the chance to share a smoke with Jimmy one last time. After the finale, one thing is certain: “I’m rested.”
It’s available on AMC+.