Written by Gordon Smith (in his final episode of the sequence) and directed by Vince Gilligan, the midseason finale of “Better Call Saul” options a number of intelligent rug-pulls and stunning resolutions which are the fruits of what we have seen being laid out over the previous season. Tony Dalton takes middle stage for a lot of this episode, in an hour that sees Lalo Salamanca totally developed into that terrifying crime-lord boogeyman that we have solely seen in glimpses all through the season, whilst he loomed over the minds of each character — particularly that of Gus Fring (an all the time terrific Giancarlo Esposito), whose again stays towards the wall.
Characters join and conflict in methods each satisfying and terrifying, whereas our two leads — and let’s be sincere, emotional core — Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk, managing to eke out a number of moments of levity in an unbearably tense episode) and Kim Wexler stay clearly out of their depths. The different standout of the episode can also be, unsurprisingly, Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, whose cautious planning and safety measures over the previous season are examined — as is his persistence and his regret over his ever-degenerating ethical code. But the episode has fairly a number of characters furiously treading water because the tides which have come of their actions threaten to drown all of them.
Now that I’ve acquired the water metaphors out of the way in which (once more, that is all I can do to keep away from spoilers), I’ll reiterate once more, “Better Call Saul” doesn’t disappoint. And it stays one of the cinematically satisfying reveals on TV, with Gilligan even throwing in a number of visible tips and flairs that serve to ramp up the stress much more. But with a midseason finale this intense, I can solely think about that issues are going to get darker and extra troubling from right here.