The gritty series finale of Better Call Saul answered many unanswered questions and left some for fans to ponder. In each iteration of the Breaking Bad universe, we’ve seen the ultimate destinies of Walter White/Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston), Jesse Pinkman, and Jimmy’s hilarious Saul. Creator Vince Gilligan spoke to The New Yorker to share his insight into these characters’ journeys and whether they got what they deserved.
“I think Jimmy is rediscovering himself and going back to his roots. He’s finding a little piece of his soul again.” He reflects on the tense moment in the penultimate episode when Gene (Jimmy/Saul’s alter-ego on the run) threatened Marion (legendary guest star Carol Burnett) with strangulation, and how he “his humanity rediscovered. This is in contrast to Cranston’s crime boss, Heisenberg, who had a chilling thrill in rooting out those he found menacing (until his bloody death).
He then reflects on Jimmy’s just finale as opposed to Walt’s violent end and Jesse’s deserved freedom. “That ending always struck me as fitting: Jimmy, the lawyer, paying the price that fits his career choice. In other words, it seemed right that he go to jail.” Gilligan explains that he wanted a fresh ending that was befitting of Jimmy’s character. “I don’t think we ever really thought about Saul Goodman dying at the end. The character Lalo kept calling Saul a cockroach. And what do cockroaches do? You survive.”