“Better Call Saul” is one episode away from the midway point of it’s sixth and final season and I still have no clue how this show may conclude. With Nacho Varga’s fate sealed and Jimmy all but completely transformed into Saul Goodman, the big questions that still remain are what happens to Lalo Salamanca, Howard Hamlin, and Kim Wexler?
Where Things Stand
While much of this mystery has to do with the brilliant story telling of creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, a lot has to do with the fact that the show feels as if it’s come to a complete halt. The speed and quick pace that I felt characterized the first four seasons, making it more entertaining than Breaking Bad, has been replaced with two seasons that feel like riding a bike up hill with the brakes engaged.
There have been some good plot twists and developments, but each episode feels like it’s covered about 10 minutes of real time. Season five felt like one long, dehydrating blister inducing stroll through the desert, while this season feels like I’m trying to watch each episode locked in the trunk of a car. Not that I know what being locked in the trunk of a car actually feels like, but you get the idea.
Where Are We Going?
Season six has reintroduced us to previous BCS characters, the Kettlemans and German engineer, Werner Ziegler in the form of his widow, Margarethe. We’re still not completely sure where the story of the Kettleman’s could end up. But, Margarethe has unknowingly come in contact with Lalo in Germany. We’re still waiting on the return of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, who we are told will make an appearance this season. I’ll be interested to see how they fit into all of this with only half a season remaining. I’m also interested because of the fact that Goodman didn’t appear in Breaking Bad until midway through season two, so who knows how they fit in?
I used to tell folks that BCS was more entertaining than BB because it moved at a faster pace right off the start. I attributed that to many of the characters already being somewhat developed. While Breaking Bad picked up the pace dramatically throughout the series leaving you like you’ve run a marathon at a sprinters pace by the end, BCS has appeared to have done the exact opposite. That being said, I’m still liking this season and have high expectations for how this series will end.