WARNING: There are MAJOR SPOILERS on this story for the sequence finale of Better Call Saul.
After six seasons, Better Call Saul got here to its conclusion on AMC on Monday evening. Viewers could have completely different ideas in regards to the ending, which was in some ways definitive whereas nonetheless ambiguous sufficient to have followers questioning about what is likely to be coming subsequent for the Breaking Bad spinoff’s beloved characters. Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) has reclaimed his soul and reconnected with the love of his life, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), offering a glimmer of hope in an in any other case horrible scenario.
Another plan thought-about for the finale would have had the episode finish on a way more somber notice, however maybe it was only a bit too bleak. In a brand new interview with TVLine, sequence co-creator and showrunner Peter Gould shared what the unique plan was for a way the finale would finish. As Gould explains, the episode nonetheless would have ended with Jimmy behind bars, however beneath completely different circumstances. He would’ve first reunited with Kim earlier than going to jail with the ultimate shot displaying Jimmy sitting alone in a cell, however then the thought got here alongside to have the sequence shut out with the pair collectively, even from reverse sides of the gates.
“(They met) in Albuquerque before he went to prison, and the last scene was him in prison by himself, thinking. And I liked that a lot, but it seemed a little cold. I think ultimately, we all felt like ending with the two of them felt like the strongest way to go. (Jimmy) was fearful about what was going to happen to him in prison, and it was a lot about the fear. This is a very different scene… It’s mostly about wistful connection.”
As far as choosing the ultimate shot of Jimmy and Kim, Gould added that he was “on the bubble” about what to incorporate, such because the touching second with Jimmy capturing finger weapons at Kim like previous instances. Watching completely different cuts of the ending was what it took for Gould to appreciate which model of occasions made for the proper conclusion.
“There was a version that didn’t have that, that ended with the two of them smoking, and I went back and forth on that for a while. Then ultimately, having watched them both, I felt like it was right, and it felt more honest to end with the two of them apart rather than the two of them together.”
A Similar Ending Was Nearly Used for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Peter Gould additionally shared how one of many endings thought-about for 2019’s El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was similar to what occurred within the Better Call Saul finale. Presumably, that deliberate ending would have seen Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) winding up in jail, presumably after offering a full confession to all of his crimes. When Gould heard about that potential plan for El Camino, he realized that will be a greater ending for Better Call Saul, and he “gently guided” Vince Gilligan towards one other ending for the film.
“I felt a little sweaty because I just felt so strongly that the right ending for Saul was to be in the system, the system that he’s made light of and that he’s twisted around for his own purposes… I think the ending he came up with for Jesse is exactly the right one. It just feels very elegant to me that Walt dies, really on his own weird twisted terms. Jesse suffers greatly, and he is in a prison of his own for quite a while, and then he gets away, and then starts this healing. And of the three of them. Jimmy gets his soul back, but he’s going to be incarcerated for some amount of time. And that just felt right.”