Vague Spoilers Below
Earlier this week, in an interview on The Rich Eisen Show in which Better Call Saul co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould said that the show would be returning to Omaha at some point, Gilligan also revealed a couple more illuminating items. For instance, in the sequence last week in which Jimmy McGill visited an old-age home familair from Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk improvised that whole thing, he said.
In applauding Odenkirk’s acting skills, however, Gilligan also singled out a specific upcoming turn in the series, via The Rich Eisen Show:
“People mostly know [Odenkirk] from comedy, but we’ve got some stuff coming up, particularly in our penultimate episode of the season, that’s just heartbreaking. He goes as dramatic as it gets. He is just fantastic.”
A dramatic, heartbreaking turn in the penultimate episode? That episode is “Pimento,” and it airs at the end of the month. On that subject, AMC has released the episode titles and synopses for the rest of the first season, and based on those, we can make an educated guess about what happens in that penultimate episode:
Episode 6: Five-O
When a tragic past comes back to haunt Mike, he seeks help from an unlikely source.
Episode 7: Bingo
After being given the opportunity to do the right thing, Jimmy cashes in a favor.
Episode 8: Rico
Jimmy shows Chuck that he is willing to do anything to win a case.
Episode 9: Pimento
Chuck wants Jimmy to accept a harsh truth; Mike’s ability to complete a job is questioned.
Episode 10: Marco
Jimmy seizes an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend; Chuck adjusts to a new way of life.
Based on what’s happened so far, and the synopses, here’s how I see the season evolving: Jimmy will be the unlikely source that takes Mike’s case. Jimmy will go all out in order to impress his brother on the case (in Episode 8). My guess is that harsh truth that Chuck makes Jimmy accept in Episode 9 is that Jimmy is not a very good attorney. That revelation may actually push Jimmy into committing Chuck (hence, the “heartbreaking” performance). We can assume that because Chuck — in the final episode — is forced to adjust to a “new way of life” (in an institution?).
The final episode name is also “Marco,” and while it may be a coincidence, it could refer to Marco Salamanca, one of the twins from Breaking Bad (it wouldn’t be the first or even second time this season that an episode title referred to a Breaking Bad character).
Note, also, that every episode title this season ends in an “O,” except for this last week’s “Alpine Shepherd Boy.” Though I’m not positive to what the title refers, I think it may be a William Wordsworth poem about King Saul.
More on that, and Better Call Saul, after Episode 6 airs this Monday.
Episode Titles via Zap2It