“Better Call Saul” will air its final episode next Monday with an appearance from Walter White.
Before the start of the second half of the season, Bryan Cranston confirmed that he and Aaron Paul shot a total of three scenes for the show, one together and two separate. “
There’s a scene that Aaron is in without me,” Cranston explains. “And there’s a scene where I’m in without him. And then there’s a scene where we’re both in.”
Walter and Jesse returned together in the old RV during episode 11, with the fitting title “Breaking Bad.” And Jesse showed up without Walter on Monday by crossing paths with Kim Wexler, bridging the gap between “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad.”
Using the process of elimination, that leaves an appearance for Walter without Jesse for the finale.
It’s a bit surprising that the show would save a scene with Walter for the finale. Walter doesn’t necessarily fit into the chief storyline — Saul, now going by Gene, running away from the police — and his presence, as the most famous character in the universe, distracts from the rest of the plot.
So far, the scenes with Walter and Jesse have been fun, enjoyable, but unnecessary.
That is unless show creator Peter Gould, who wrote and directed the finale, can tie Walter’s past interactions with Saul into the conclusion of the show.
Aside from Bob Odenkirk (Jimmy/Saul/Gene) and Cranston, the rest of the cast for the finale is unknown. Rhea Seehorn, portraying Kim Wexler, could make an appearance but her character does not face any pressing issues to tie up.
(What an Emmy-affirming performance that cry on the bus was for Seehorn.)
The finale teaser hears Gene calling Ed the Disappearer to disappear once again, following Marion (Carol Burnett) reporting him as the wanted “Saul Goodman.”
Here’s a look:
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It’s unclear how Gene’s call with Ed will play out for two reasons:
- Robert Forster, who portrays Ed, died in 2019. Are they going to only show one side of the phone call?
- Ed does not work with clients who backed out of a purchase, which Gene did during the cold open in 501.
Suffice to predict Gene won’t successfully disappear again.
Either way, the finale, titled “Saul Gone,” will be the final television appearance for both Jimmy/Saul/Gene and Walter White. Last one — ever. Think about that.
Fitting for one of the greatest series to date:
Best TV shows ever, updated ranking:
1 The Sopranos
2 The Leftovers
3 Breaking Bad
4 The Wire
5 Game of Thrones
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— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) August 9, 2022