Tonight, the Better Call Saul season 4 finale achieved precisely what many have been wanting for some time. For better or worse, it brought you some of the evolution of Jimmy McGill.
Of course, it also did bring the evolution of Mike Ehrmantraut, who came to terms tonight with the fact that in order to succeed in this new line of work, he needs to turn off the emotions. He needs to realize that there really are no half measures. There was something incredibly painful out of seeing Mike force Werner to call his wife, the person he loved more than anyone, and encourage her to take the next flight out of Albuquerque. He needed to do that in order to ensure that she was kept safe.
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Mike had to put Werner down. He didn’t want to do it, but because of the forces that were dangling over him, there was no other path. Mike fired the bullet, Werner is gone, and we know where this path leads him. Eventually, it is going to lead to his own death.
As for Jimmy McGill, what we saw tonight can be described effectively as the death of the man as we’ve come to know him. Jimmy tried to pull a scheme on people attending Chuck’s grave, and he even gave a great deal of money in order to ensure that there were things honoring his brother. Basically, he did just about everything that he could in order to ensure that the Bar would want to reinstate him. He was desperate to prove that he was sincere, that even know he didn’t talk about Chuck he still cared for him deeply.
He went to the Bar at the end of the episode to try to convince them that he was a good lawyer, and that he wanted to make Chuck proud even though Chuck didn’t respect him as a lawyer. Hence, him bringing the letter.
Yet, here’s the thing: It was all a con. Every single part of it was a con, and he told Kim at the end of the episode that he was ready to move forward with a new name: “It’s all good, man.”
Was the Better Call Saul season 4 finale one of the best episodes of the entire series? We definitely are feeling that way at the moment. This was an hour that was funny at times, but also devastating at others. It may also be very well one of the best episodes of the entire year. While Jimmy McGill may not be a winner in everything he does, he definitely took it all back at the end of the episode … and also prepared for a future full of, eventually, losing.
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