How Saul Goodman’s Character Arc Is the Opposite of Walter White’s

After six incredible seasons, You better call Saul ended and interestingly, Saul Goodman’s character arc in this show is almost the opposite of Walter White’s arc in Breaking Bad. As we’ve seen Walt go from a khaki-clad Ned Flanders guy to a ruthless, murderous drug lord, we’ve seen Saul go from a slippery con man to a heart-sick individual willing to sacrifice himself for the greater. good.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the finale of You better call Saulit is recommended that you go and do this before reading the rest of this article.

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The right way to subvert audience expectations


When You better call Saul began, Saul Goodman’s character arc was unclear. Knowing that this show was a prequel to the character we eventually meet in Breaking Bad, many expected to witness the transition from slightly morally corrupt Jimmy McGill to outright criminal Saul Goodman.

Instead, a large part of You better call Saul revolves around a love story. It might not be the most conventional romantic relationship ever portrayed on TV, but what Jimmy and Kim had together was special in its own way. The two saw each other as equals, they were a team no matter what. This meant that if they had to bend the rules of society to breaking point for their own personal benefit, they would gladly do so.

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The lesser of two evils

Kim and Saul
Kim and Saul

Whatever point in Saul Goodman’s character arc the show’s writers focus on, there’s one thing that remains consistent throughout; the Jimmy/Saul character is like a virus. It breathes life by corrupting everyone in its wake. Whether it’s manipulating someone to bend the rules, “just for once”, or getting someone to help ruin the entire life of a professional rival.

That being said, to insinuate that Kim wasn’t helping Jimmy out of her own free will would be insulting to the character. Rhea Seehorn has always portrayed Kim with a determined, strong will and fierce intelligence. These established traits can’t just be ignored in favor of the idea that Jimmy got Kim to help him.

Therefore, it must be true that Kim knew exactly what she was doing. With that in mind, does Kim really deserve a happy ending, or does she deserve to be in the same position that Jimmy is in the job–breaking Bad scenes from the show? Either way, Jimmy chooses to clear Kim’s name at the end of You better call Saulmeaning she can restart her career as a lawyer without any potential lawsuit issues over her head.

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A selfless act by a selfish man

Walt and Saul
Walt and Saul

In the latest episode of breaking Bad, Skylar White sees her husband alive for the last time. She berates him, making it clear that she’s had enough of his excuses, saying:

“If I have to hear one more time, that you did this for the family.”

He cuts her off, uttering a famous line that affirms what the audience and everyone else in the show suspected to be true all along:

“I did it for me. I loved it. I was good at it. And…I was really…I was alive.

This infamous exchange was immortalized by breaking Bad fans in the years following the show’s finale. This is partly because this scene is a fantastic example of the show’s phenomenal writing, but also because this scene encapsulates Walter White’s true nature.

Regardless of the turmoil his drug empire has caused in his family, Walter White remains proud of what he has built. He never shows any real guilt or remorse. Even mortally wounded, he dies smiling in a methamphetamine lab.

In contrast, Saul Goodman’s character arc ends with a selfless act. He confesses everything he did during the duration of the two You better call Saul and breaking Bad in class. He is sentenced to 86 years in prison. Even if it shrinks, he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. And even, You better call Saul always has a happier ending than breaking Bad for it is an example of love triumphing over all else, even the most selfish character on television.

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