i mean imagine breaking bad Pulling off a weird, amusing scene with Jimmy and Kim smoking in the holding cell? or, a few moments later, finger-gun callback, At the end of the day, it is—was!—a show about some lovable but deeply flawed characters, a great if downright improbable and messy romance, and lots and lots of simple long cons. And that’s why we love it.
It’s also a show that carries its love-hate relationship with Law up its sleeve, which made it extra fun to see Bill Oakley return for a pivotal role as Saul/Jimmy’s co-counsel. It’s also nice to see Kim abandon her Stepford life at Palm Coast Sprinklers in favor of some rewarding pro-administrative work. If she’s going to lose everything she has to Cheryl Hamlin, she can do whatever she loves!
And of course it would make sense for a show about the law, in all its grotesque imperfection, to end with plea deals, court revelations, and ultimately prison. Yes, Jimmy asked the court to use his given name, but there was no doubt that, for the prisoners he would spend the next 85 (give or take) years of his life, he would be now and forever, “better call Saul.” He is a folk hero, representing the idea that everyone, and I mean everyone, deserves a “strong defense.” As such, we can be sure he will be looked after inside Alcatraz in the Rockies.
Maybe it’s not such a bad life for Jimmy. She doesn’t need to hang out with people like Walter, Chuck and Howard, who make her feel inferior. He can put his Cinnabon baking skills to work. And, with any luck, he may enjoy the occasional meeting with the one person alive who only ever really received him.
Considering how bleak his life had become after Kim, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal.