Better Call Saul's Final Season has reached its midseason finale, which left fans reeling in the final minutes of the episode. (MAJOR SPOILERS Follow!) All throughout Better Call Saul, Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman has been locked in a friendly (at times heated) rivalry with his brother's best friend and law partner, Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian). Well that six-season game came to a horrific end, as Howard made an ill-timed visit to Jimmy and Kim Wexler's home on the night that the psychotic Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) reappeared after his alleged death.
Howard only had seconds to realize he had stepped into the cursed world of "Saul Goodman" before Lalo blew his brains out all over the wall. Howard's death was so gruesome and sudden that fans can't help but compare this moment to the other shocking character death moment, in the final season of Breaking Bad!
This Rivals Anything In Breaking Bad
Hank’s death in Breaking Bad is nothing compared to what they did tonight.
A character has never been done as dirty as what they did to Howard Hamlin. #BetterCallSaul— Jake O’Neil (@JaONeil_) May 24, 2022
Will The Real Psycho Please Stand Up?
howard to kim and jimmy: you two are soulless sociopaths— kim wormxler (@kimsexler) May 24, 2022
lalo, an actual soulless sociopath walking in: ANY BAD BITCHES IN HERE?
Poor Howard. He really thought humanity couldn't get more amoral or depraved than Jimmy and Kim. Then he (briefly) met Lalo...prevnext
The Inevitable Turn
BETTER CALL SAUL twisted the knife tonight. Jimmy’s transformation into Saul is complete, and Howard Hamlin has become the show’s most root-able and redeemable character. @PatrickFabian you play him beautifully and brilliantly.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) May 24, 2022
We all knew it was coming. We all knew that something dark and terrible had to happen to truly make "Jimmy McGill" into the "Saul Goodman" from Breaking Bad. This was definitely that "turn" moment. No going back now.prevnext
THIS Is The Abyss
That was actually perfect. If they didn't pull the scam then Howard wouldn't have been there. Shows the unintended consequence of their actions, and how dark their plan really was #bettercallsaulseason6 #bettercallsaul #BettercallsaulDay— Ash (@id_rather_knot) May 24, 2022
Walter White's story in Breaking Bad is lauded for being one of best "descent into the abyss" stories on television. With Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan has gone even deeper to deconstruct the "good man turns evil" myth, instead examining how our own nature – and the choices we make to feed or resist it – shape who we become in life. The scene of Howard's death hammer's that point home harder than Breaking Bad's final moment of Walter White's self-denial (Hank's death).prevnext
...And He Never Stopped
can't believe jimmy kept playing games and scamming people after what happened to howard in front of him oh my god he's so fucked up— jimkim's fish (@fruitysaul) May 24, 2022
Even more horrific than this dark turn in Jimmy's character is the larger knowledge that it did NOTHING to avert him from the path of becoming Saul Goodman, and doing everything we saw in Breaking Bad.prevnext
What A Life
being howard hamlin is insane. imagine offering a young woman a scholarship and hiring your boss's brother to your firm. a decade later your boss kills himself and the other two are conspiring to ruin your life and possibly kill u accidentally. abq changes people. pic.twitter.com/bMHwDRqxlf— chau ✨| BCS SPOILERS (@sympatrekque) May 22, 2022
Got Jokes... Too Soon?
howard hamlin did not, in fact, land on his feet.— olive! // bcs s6 spoilers (@mailroommcgill) May 24, 2022
he landed on the side of his head.
Guys, should we ALREADY be making Howard death jokes? Really?prevnext
And here I thought the most tragic storyline of the whole BB universe was Mike’s… What a shocking and completely unfair ending was this for Howard?!?! #BetterCallSaul— AlexandraPro (@AlexandraDiff78) May 24, 2022
Breaking Bad fans like: "Mike's story is so sad."
Better Call Saul's Howard Hamlin like: "Hold my brains."prevnext
Chuck Warned Us
"You know who really knew Jimmy?" "Chuck." - Howard Hamlin pic.twitter.com/EnjUIadell— Saul Goodman⚖ (@itsSaulGoodman) May 24, 2022
The Better Call Saul re-watch experience is going to be crazy profound.prevnext
Give The Man His Flowers
Patrick Fabian’s Howard Hamlin is one hell of a character. pic.twitter.com/tnFDxNBcdM— K’Bucko (@KBucko7) May 24, 2022
Patrick Fabian's performance as Howard Hamlin is phenomenal. I never expected his character to have as much range and nuance as he has throughout the entire run, this week's episode was especially well-done.— Virus_Kid (@_Virus_Kid_) May 24, 2022
Actor Patrick Fabian is getting all the love right now. One of the rare times someone can log into Twitter and get nothing but good returns.
Better Call Saul returns for the final episodes of the Final Season on July 11th.prev