Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven’t seen the Season 1 finale of Better Call Saul, “Marco.”
“You’re a lawyer. If you’re not making bank, you’re doing something wrong.” — Marco
On the surface it seemed like Jimmy was handling his brother’s betrayal rather well. But, a spell of Bs during bingo and the façade fell. Hard. So, spurned by his actual brother, Jimmy turned to the man who actually felt like a brother to him, his former partner in crime, Marco.
After a week of conning, Jimmy decided it was time to get back to reality, but Marco wanted to run the watch con one last time. Unfortunately, Marco wasn’t just pushing to run the scam for old times sake, he knew he was on his way out and wanted to go out on top. And in this case, that meant in an alleyway.
But the finale wasn’t all sad news. HMM couldn’t even handle the Sandpiper case alone and decided to bring in another firm to help. A firm that Chuck couldn’t stop from hiring Jimmy. But Jimmy’s one week of criminal activity did more than soothe his bruised ego, it reminded him of who he used to be; who he truly is.
He contemplated taking the job with a fast track to a partnership, but in the end, the thrill of being bad was too good to pass up. For ten years he tried to be someone Chuck would be proud of and he still failed. So why not try being who he wants to be for a while.
Obviously, we knew that Jimmy would choose the shadier path, but I am surprised it happened so quickly. Where does this leave us for season two? I’m not opposed to watching a procedural featuring Jimmy’s sure to be colorful clients, but with this major life decision made, it leaves me wondering what the theme will be going forward.
Of course, there is still the question of what happens to Chuck and Kim by the time Walter White happens into Jimmy’s life and of course the circumstances that lead to Jimmy becoming Saul. Better Call Saul turned out to be better than it had any right to be, so I have faith the second season will figure out a story to tell and tell it really freaking well.
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