How ‘El Camino’ Hints At What Eventually Happens To Saul Goodman (A.K.A ‘Gene’)

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What a time to be alive for fans of the Breaking Bad universe.

After Vince Gilligan and Netflix dropped their nuts on us out of nowhere with El Camino, the fifth and penultimate season of Better Call Saul not only premiered just months later but truly introduced us to Saul Goodman, as it was Jimmy McGill that was the star of the previous four seasons.

But with season five officially here, the beginning of Saul Goodman’s descent into criminal lawyer has truly begun. And by the looks of the black and white cold-opens that have accompanied each season, it looks like we’re going to be getting the end of his story, too.

In the season five cold open — which continues the story of Goodman’s future self, Cinnabon manager Gene Takovic — “Gene” gets recognized by someone from Albuquerque, and as a result, has to once again get in touch with Robert Forster’s Ed “The Disappearer” (a.k.a. the vacuum cleaner guy). And it is this connection that may hint at the eventual fate of Jimmy/Saul/Gene.

Jimmy McGill himself didn’t appear in the film, and the closest Bob Odenkirk’s criminal lawyer came to featuring in El Camino was a throwaway line from Robert Forster’s Ed, who ominously warns Jesse, “From where I see it, you made your own luck. As did your former partner. As did your lawyer.”

The scene in question sees Ed reminding Jesse that his current problems with the law are of his own making, and the comparison to Walter White (deceased and hated by his family at this point) is not an encouraging comparison. By “your lawyer,” Ed is clearly referring to Saul, and his inclusion in the lecture is not a promising sign for the Better Call Saul star. Ed wouldn’t be using Saul as a cautionary tale if his post-Breaking Bad life was going swimmingly. [via ScreenRant]

Needless to say, given Jimmy/Saul/Gene’s penchant for self-inflicted disaster, it would come as no surprise if his ending was as tragic as Walter White’s.

‘Better Call Saul’ airs on AMC on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST.


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