Better Call Saul: 12 Unpopular Opinions (According To Reddit) (2022)

Critics share the opinion that the AMC series Better Call Saul is as good as its predecessor Breaking Bad. On Rotten Tomatoes, all of the five seasons have a score of 97% and above. The majority of fans also agree that the show is goodbut they tend to disagree on the direction of the plot points and characters. There isnowhere that this is more clear than on the numerous Reddit fan pages.

There are a couple of popular opinions that most fans share. A character was mean? Agreed. A villain is good? Agreed. But once in a while, a few users pop with an opinion that totally goes against everyone else's. For Better Call Saul, here are some of the unpopular opinions seen so far.

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Updated on June 10th, 2022, by Stuart Kilmartin:With the incredible six-season run of Better Call Saul almost at an end, following a thrilling mid-season finale that saw the death of a major character, fans have some time to relax and ponder over everything they've seen thus far in preparation for the show's final five episodes. Reddit fans of the series have always been very vocal in their support and criticism of the series. Better Call Saul has always had a group of detractors, and the show's sixth season is no exception, with Redditors sharing some unpopular opinions about the hit AMC show.

Season Six Is Boring

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Season six is the final season of Better Call Saul's incredible six-season run that has taken the character of Jimmy McGill and transformed him into the sleazy Saul Goodman fans know and love from Breaking Bad. While the vast majority of fans, and critics, agree that the first half of season six is another knockout from series creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, some fans have called the first half of season six boring.

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Many Redditors, such as th3orist, called the season thus far "super boring". They complained that the pace of the sixth season has been too slow for a show that is in its home stretch, pointing to many unnecessary scenes and their lack of payoff. Better Call Saul has always been a slow-burn, for better or worse, but it's understandable that some fans may have expected a bit more urgency in the show's final outing.

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The Episodes Are More AboutCool Cinematography Than Storytelling

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Even the biggest detractors of Better Call Saul cannot argue that show is handsomely filmed and edited. While the story of Better Call Saul has always centered on the transformation of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman and the journey to the events preceding Breaking Bad, some Redditors believe that the show has focused too much on the cinematography to the detriment of the storytelling.

Redditor incollala states how episodes seem to focus more on well-shot vistas than compelling characters. This seems an especially harsh criticism of a series that has character at its very heart. Better Call Saul has given its cast of core characters time to develop and grow over the course of its six-season run, giving fans a different understanding of characters like Saul and Mike within the context of Breaking Bad.

Chuck Was A Good Brother To Jimmy

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Chuck gave viewersevery reason to hate him. Despite Jimmy taking good care of him when he was suffering from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), he never appreciated the sacrifices he made. He also didn't want Jimmy to become a lawyer because he felt that he would be a disgrace to the profession. Even sadder, he bluntly told Jimmy that he never meant that much to him.

Still, Reddit user youngadult5397 feels that Chuck was the best thing that happened to Jimmy. Part of his argument leans on the fact that Chuck was right about Jimmy being a crook and that if it wasn't him, Jimmy would never have had the motivation to become a successful lawyer and prove him wrong. Jimmy would still be rotting in prison too if Chuck hadn't intervened.

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There's Too Much Of Mike

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Mike seems to be everywhere but he doesn't do much. That's according to _Tartuffe_, who feels that the only thing Mike has achieved in the entire show is helping Gus build a lab that still isn't even complete.

It's true that Mike has multiple scenes in each episode but he has been key to almost every major subplot. Without his skills, Gus Fring wouldn't be much of a force. It's also because of Mike that Lalo fails to ruin the Super Lab's construction. And if it wasn't for Mike, Jimmy would have been killed during the desert scene.

Kim And Jimmy's Storyline Is Better Than The Cartel Storyline

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There's no doubt that Kim and Jimmy have one of the best romance stories on TV, but claiming their story is far more interesting than the cartel storyline is bold. Given that Better Call Saul is very much connected to Breaking Bad, the inclusion of cartel subplots in the legal drama was inevitable. A couple of Redditors likeArghifthare of the opinion that this ruined everything.

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In the last two seasons, the cartel subplots have surpassed the legal subplots, thanks to the introduction of the intriguing villain Lalo. Recent episodes have higher ratings on IMDb too, which means viewers are enjoying the cartel storylines more. So, the claim that Kim and Jimmy's storyline is superior is not exactly accurate.

Slow Pace With Little Payoff

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According toReddit user Spaceflip, most scenes tend to be dragged out too much. Characters spend ten minutes doing something that would generally take two minutes.One can't help but feel that theshowrunners have total disdain for summary.

This claim won't sit well with most fans of the show because what makes it so unique is the attention to detail. The slow pace helps to highlight many other elements of the show, such as the cinematic masteryand the emotional expressions. The payoff always comes too, though viewers are often required to wait a little longer.

Kim Is Too Good For Jimmy

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User stanettafish makes a more controversial comment, stating that Kim Wexler is out of Jimmy's league and would never be with him in the real world.It would have been far more interesting if such a remark had beenmade by Chuck in the show because it fits him so perfectly.

On paper, there are a lot of things Jimmy doesn't deserve. But his zeal, wit, and relentlessness push him to these things. There is no denying that Kim and Jimmy have great chemistry. They never fightand they always seem to have each other's backs. Sounds as perfect a couple as anyone can wish for.

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GusFeels Lost Without A 'Walt' In His Life

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Gus was not only the best villain in Breaking Bad but also one of the best TV villains of all time. Some fans were even sad to see him die so quickly, thanks to Hector's wheelchair bomb that had been engineered by Walt. Given how popular Gus was, it made sense to explore his backstory in Better Call Saul.

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Reddit userIggy_Pops_Lost_Shirtstates that Gus Fring's scenes in the prequel are a total waste of time. It's true that the mystique of Gus is lost because he doesn't have a Walter White to give him headaches but it's still important for viewers to know how he became the biggest drug lord in Albuquerque.

The Show Should Have Been A Sitcom

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Given how funny Jimmy aka Saul was in Breaking Bad, Colonel_White argues that the prequel would have been better off as a sitcom. The user feels that the show spent three seasons going nowhere before turning into Breaking Bad II.

While it's true that the two latest seasons have been very similar toBreaking Bad, thanks to the doubling down of cartel storylines, a sitcom format would have been a huge risk. The change in genre could have discouraged fans of the original series from watching the prequel.

Lalo IsCartoonish

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According to Vince Gilligan, Lalo was never meant to appear in the prequel. The Breaking Bad creator felt that not ever character needed a background story but he is grateful that co-creator Peter Gould pushed for the villain's inclusion. This is because Lalo is one of the best things to happen to the show, full of charisma and plenty of great quotes.

Reddit user u/Coatzaking wonders why people like Lalo too much. The user feels that Lalo is just a poor imitation ofOberyn Martell from Game Of Thrones. And that his scenes, like him jumping onto a car or dropping down from the ceiling are cartoonish. Vince, Gould and plenty of the show's fans definitely don't agree.

Skyler Was More Daring Than Kim

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The Skyler White and Kim Wexler comparisonshave been present for a while now. While Skyler was hugely unpopular thanks to the unreasonable manner in which she handled all the drama that Walt brought, Kim has been popular, thanks to her calm nature and ability to be reasonable at all times.

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However, Reddit user Hula4589 feels that Kim is far from interesting as a character because she always plays it safe. Sheenables Jimmy instead of calling him out, and appears to lean on his opinions rather than have her own. Well, being nice has never been a crime, so plenty of fans will disagree with this.

Hector's Fate Came Too Quickly

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After Hector Salamanca's heart attack, Gus ensured he got the best treatment from one of the world's best therapists in order to prevent him from dying and making him suffer more. But when Gus learned that there was a chance of Hector fully recovering, he stopped funding the treatment.

User Treaty98733 argues that either Hector shouldn't have become incapacitated too early or Gus ought to have continued funding his treatment to ensure a full recovery. Their tense businessrivalry needed to go on a little longer to make both characters more interesting, according to this Redditor. Helping an enemy get better so that he can be a proper business rival doesn't sound logical. Alongside Chuck, Hector was one of the least favorite characters, hence keeping him active would have caused some viewers to lose interest.

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FAQs

Why is Better Call Saul in black and white? ›

Director Peter Gould's use of black and white to draw the viewer's eye and aid in the framing of his shots is spectacular. He reminds the viewer of classic black and white films while also underscoring and symbolizing Saul Goodman's journey out of darkness and toward the light.

Which is better Better Call Saul or Breaking Bad? ›

Breaking Bad is clearly the better show. Saul—while brilliant overall—takes a while to get going, and while it's only longer than Breaking Bad by an episode, it felt considerably longer. In fact, those first couple Saul seasons felt like watching paint dry at times.

Who is Jeff in Better Call Saul? ›

Pat Healy took over the role of Jeff in season 6 of Better Call Saul and the original Jeff, Don Harvey, has publicly addressed the situation.

What's so good about Better Call Saul? ›

The characters are excellently written, the dialogue is interesting and entertaining, and even the supporting characters are great. The relationship between Saul and his brother, played brilliantly by Michael McKean, is excellently conceived and written.

Is Takovic a Saul gene? ›

Gene Takovic is Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman's alias throughout his life after Breaking Bad. At the end of Breaking Bad, when Walter White was unmasked as Heisenberg, and Jimmy's involvement with the drug lord became known, he went on the run.

Why did Saul rip the check? ›

Saul returns to his office to find a pile of bills and a mysterious check for $26,000 from a law office with the last name McGill. Saul rips the check up in disgust. It turns out the check is from the firm of Saul's older brother, Chuck.

Is Nacho mentioned in Breaking Bad? ›

In fact, Nacho isn't really even mentioned as a character in Breaking Bad, after that initial instance of Goodman using him as a scapegoat. Even then, it was as his proper name, Ignacio, and not his moniker from Better Call Saul, Nacho.

Is Skyler White in Better Call Saul? ›

The show's creator Vince Gilligan has already made the spin-off film El Camino and the spin-off show Better Call Saul, but neither Walt Jr. nor Skyler returned for either one. Actress Anna Gunn played the White family matriarch in all five seasons of the series.

Should I watch Better Call Saul before El Camino? ›

You should watch them in the order creator of the Breaking Bad universe, Vince Gilligan, intended, and that's the order they were aired. Breaking Bad first, El Camino as a kind of bonus footage of Breaking Bad, then the pseudo-prequel, Better Call Saul. ** There is your preferred viewing order right there.

Why was Don Harvey replaced? ›

Healy replaced Harvey as Jeff in Better Call Saul because of scheduling conflicts that the latter had, Entertainment Weekly reported in June. Harvey had contractual obligations with HBO show We Own This City, in which he played BPD officer John Sieracki, meaning he was unable to film Better Call Saul.

How did Jeffy recognize Saul? ›

Jeff recognizes Jimmy McGill as Saul Goodman while Jimmy was under his Gene Takavic identity in Omaha. Jeff approaches Jimmy on his lunchbreak with a friend and asks Jimmy to do his iconic "Better Call Saul!" catchphrase and point.

Why did they recast Don Harvey? ›

Why was the character of Jeff recast? Don Harvey played Jeff in season four and five of Better Call Saul but was replaced in Nippy by Pat Healy. Harvey wasn't fired from the show, in fact he had been scheduled to shoot the episode, but the dates for filming were changed when Bob Odenkirk suffered a heart attack on set.

What kind of people watch Better Call Saul? ›

Better Call Saul is the #3 cable drama for the current broadcast season among adults 25-54 and 18-49, behind only Yellowstone and The Walking Dead.

Is the Slippin Jimmy show real? ›

Slippin' Jimmy is an American animated limited series produced by Starburns Industries and written by Ariel Levine and Kathleen Williams-Foshee. The series premiered on AMC's digital platforms in April 2022, in conjunction with the first half of the final season of Better Call Saul.

Does Better Call Saul get better after season 1? ›

Question: Does Better Call Saul get better after the first season? Yes, it does.

Why did Jimmy McGill become Gene Takavic? ›

In 2010, after his association with Walter White's drug empire was revealed to the public, Saul was forced to retire from his law career, going into hiding in Omaha for several months, living as a fugitive under the alias of "Gene Takavic", a manager of a Cinnabon in Omaha.

Who is Cinnabon Gene? ›

Cinnabon appears in the first episode of every season of Better Call Saul, except for season 6. It is located inside a large Omaha, Nebraska shopping mall. Jimmy McGill, living under the false identity "Gene Takavic" is the store manager, depressed with his situation and longing to unearth his true passion as a lawyer.

Why did Jimmy become Gene Takovic? ›

He goes from young lawyer Jimmy McGill to the corrupt Saul Goodman and then finally to Gene Takovic, the persona he adopts to avoid the law after the events of Breaking Bad. Jimmy McGill's character defies categories, capturing the complexity of personal development shaped by circumstances and personal choices.

Did Jimmy ever get his Sandpiper money? ›

Kim proposes framing Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) for a crime he didn't commit, like misappropriation of funds. Doing so would lead to the Sandpiper lawsuit settled, leaving Jimmy (and, by extension, Kim) with the compensation they're owed.

Did Chuck leave Jimmy any money? ›

Upon hearing this, Jimmy allows Howard to shoulder the blame and regains his usual upbeat demeanor. Chuck leaves most of his estate to his ex-wife, with only a $5,000 bequest to Jimmy, which is just enough to prevent him from contesting the will.

Is a Chicago sunroof a real thing? ›

So, there you have it. A Chicago Sunroof is not a real thing.

Why was Lalo not mentioned in Breaking Bad? ›

Lalo Salamanca is only mentioned in “Breaking Bad” and is not seen. He was killed before “Breaking Bad” began. Kim Wexler is not in “Breaking Bad” because her character had not been invented yet. El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie: What was the point of the scene with Walter White?

Is Kim Wexler in Breaking Bad? ›

Kimberly "Kim" Wexler is a fictional character from the television series Better Call Saul, a spin-off of Breaking Bad. Kim is primarily portrayed by Rhea Seehorn, and was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.

Does Breaking Bad mention Lalo? ›

Introduced in the fourth season, he is portrayed by Tony Dalton and was created by Peter Gould and screenwriter Gordon Smith. Dialogue that introduces Saul Goodman in the Breaking Bad episode "Better Call Saul" mentions Lalo and Nacho Varga, though neither appear in Breaking Bad.

Is Skyler White a Karen? ›

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And how the mighty fell in subsequent seasons. Skyler went from a caring matriarch to a whining, screaming Karen who hated it when she didn't get what she wanted. The character is so hated upon because of her clumsiness while trying to be smug.

Is Skyler in El Camino? ›

Skyler and Walt Jr. served as key characters throughout Breaking Bad, but despite a plethora of original series cameos, they were both notably absent from 2019's El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Anna Gunn and RJ Mitte portrayed the figures for all five seasons of the AMC series created by Vince Gilligan.

Did Walt's family get the money? ›

the 9.72 million dollars Walt left with them. Walt had a ends justify the means mentality when he set out on his quest to not bankrupt his family. He did not care for the legacy he left behind, that his family would hate him. All that mattered was he would leave them well off.

Is El Camino canon? ›

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is a worthy edition in the Breaking Bad canon. It takes forward the story of a character who was the moral centre of the show - or at least one who passed for one - and completes his arc in a satisfying way. March 9, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What is the timeline between Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad? ›

While "Better Call Saul" is a mix of both a prequel and sequel series, most of it takes place before the events of "Breaking Bad." The series is meant to fill in the gaps of the six years before Saul Goodman's first appearance in the series that started it all.

Was Walt the one who poisoned Brock? ›

Jesse later finds out that Saul had Huell steal the ricin cigarette from his pocket, and that Walt was indeed responsible for Brock's poisoning.

Why is Saul's future in black and white? ›

In simplest terms, the black and white scenes in Better Call Saul are meant to represent the post-Breaking Bad timeline. These scenes follow Gene, who has since left his life and identity as Saul Goodman behind after the events of Ozymandias in Breaking Bad.

What year are the black and white scenes in Better Call Saul? ›

Before Better Call Saul season 6 clarified that the black and white scenes with Gene were taking place in the year 2010, viewers had no idea that they were actually happening so close to the ending of Breaking Bad.

Why does the Better Call Saul intro deteriorate? ›

Every past Better Call Saul season has consisted of ten episodes, with season 6 the first to surpass that count. As mentioned above, the intro image typically changes depending on the episode number, which means only episodes 1-10 are actually assigned an opening.

Why was Better Call Saul Cancelled? ›

Why was 'Better Call Saul' canceled? Better Call Saul wasn't really canceled; the creators unanimously chose to end on a high note. When it was first revealed in 2020 that the series — which began in 2015 — was getting its sixth and final series, fans had questions.

Who is the Cinnabon man in Better Call Saul? ›

Cinnabon appears in the first episode of every season of Better Call Saul, except for season 6. It is located inside a large Omaha, Nebraska shopping mall. Jimmy McGill, living under the false identity "Gene Takavic" is the store manager, depressed with his situation and longing to unearth his true passion as a lawyer.

What happened Kim Wexler? ›

The ultracompetent attorney who married Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), the man most likely to bring out the shadier side of her character, never appears in Breaking Bad, which led some viewers to assume she would die before Saul finished its run. But as Monday's series finale confirmed, Kim Wexler lives on.

How much time has passed in Better Call Saul? ›

That lines up with other references throughout Saul that place the series four to six years before the events of Breaking Bad.

What is Gene drinking in Better Call Saul? ›

The drink Saul (Bob Odenkirk) mixes for himself near the end of the opening sequence is a "Rusty Nail", a mix of Scottish whisky and Drambuie. The dash of lemon juice is a standard garnish.

Why is gene in black and white? ›

Why are Gene's Better Call Saul scenes in black and white? Gene Takavic's scenes in Better Call Saul take place in black and white because Jimmy finds his new life to be a lonely, depressing and unfulfilling existence.

What year is El Camino set? ›

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picks up just moments later while Jesse flees before ending up at Skinny Pete's house. The story is still set in early September 2010 despite the fact the movie was released in 2019, nearly a decade after Breaking Bad ended.

How did Saul get the inflatable Statue of Liberty? ›

Saul gets the inflatable Statue of Liberty eventually from the Kettlemans. In episode two, season six, we're reintroduced to Betsy and Craig Kettleman, who now own a tax-services company. The pair have a large inflatable version of Lady Liberty to draw in customers.

Does the Better Call Saul Intro get more distorted? ›

The title sequences of Better Call Saul are different for each episode of a season, but show the same clips from season to season, with decreasing video quality as the series progresses.

Is season 6 episode 10 The End of Better Call Saul? ›

"After all that, a happy ending," he says… except that this isn't the end. There are still a few more episodes to go, and no guarantee that it's going to end well for Saul Goodman.

Does Saul wear a hairpiece? ›

Slippin' Jimmy and Saul wear their wigs like armour. He'd be lost without it. However, the true brilliance of Saul Goodman's paralegal periwig is the way that the costume designers have reverse engineered it. In Breaking Bad, Saul is supposed to be older.

Is Kim Wexler coming back? ›

Kim Wexler is back! After she and Saul (Bob Odenkirk) had a shocking break-up three episodes ago, “Better Call Saul” fans have been going through a Wexler withdrawal.

How much did Bob Odenkirk get paid for BCS? ›

Bob Odenkirk is not just the lead actor on Better Call Saul, he is also one of the show's producers. For his work acting in and producing the series for the first season, Odenkirk was reportedly making $150,000 per episode. For the sixth—and final—season of the series, Odenkirk reportedly makes $200,000 an episode.

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