Plan and Execution
Chris Nicholson is back to talk about the mid-season finale of Better Call Saul. Last week our discussion was on Callin, which you can find here.
This week, we talk about our reaction to the last episode, the underlying philosophy of the show, that of its main protagonists, and its outlook on human nature. Near the end, we speculate on how the show will end. For our original discussion about the Breaking Bad universe, see here.
As always, there are spoilers in our conversation, and the same is probably going to be true in the comments, so don’t look if you haven’t watched and suspect you might want to at some point. If you’d liker to just listen without the video, you can in whatever podcast app you use.
I noticed after the previous conversation with Chris some people left comments under the video at YouTube. I’d prefer you put them here instead. YouTube comment sections attract stupid people, and it will be better to exclude them and have the conversation all occurring in one place.
It's worth using a silencer to avoid damaging anyone's hearing. People might think a suppressed gunshot was from a TV.
Lalo recognized Mike with the security at the laundromat. That might be related to his decision to visit Jimmy.
Gus doesn't need to be a "reliable source" regarding Nacho. If he can anonymously transmit the information to the Salamancas, Nacho is toast.
Killing off Chuck, Nacho & Howard would make Kim's death less impactful. She's not in Breaking Bad, so her fleeing via the vacuum guy seems most likely.
I found the episode somewhat unsatisfying to be honest. I don't think Kim's motivation were adequately made it clear. Months of preparation work, sacrificing a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity to do meaningful legal work (backed by a grant) . . . for what? To take down Howard, whose biggest crime is what exactly? I expected E07 to reveal more of Kim's drive; maybe she didn't tell Jimmy about Lalo still being alive because she was scheming to throw hapless Jimmy under the bus (and take the cartel legal business for herself)? Separately -and this is a minor point- once Lalo observed Gus' troops spring to action after his traced call, he had all the evidence he needed to inform the cartel that Gus was planning to compete against them. But in fairness, maybe Lalo thought it worthwhile to get additional details from Jimmy before doing so.