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Biggest Unanswered Questions In Better Call Saul Season 6

"Better Call Saul" took its final bow in an astonishing series finale. After having his criminal lawyer identity revealed by Marion (Carol Burnett), Gene made his way back to Saul and then heartwarmingly returned to his true self, Jimmy, providing a just ending to his complicated story. The unforgettable episode even brought back "Breaking Bad" favorite Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt) in a jaw-dropping courtroom scene that capped off her tragic widowed ending. 

The beauty of this episode, and "Better Call Saul" as a whole, is its exploration of the many facets of Jimmy McGill and his dazzling alter ego, Saul Goodman. The addition of Gene Takovic makes for an even richer narrative that extends the "Breaking Bad" universe in new and exciting ways. This is precisely what fans wanted from the spin-off, even though most of the plot is set six years behind the events of "Breaking Bad." Thankfully, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould found several ways to incorporate familiar faces including crime genius and chicken entrepreneur Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), ex-cop security enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), and even the meticulous Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser).

While the series finale of "Better Call Saul" perhaps permanently ends the "Breaking Bad" universe, the cast and crew have gone above and beyond to tell a compelling, enriching, and insightful story. While many of the series' biggest plotlines were resolved, there are a few that could warrant an eventual return to Albuquerque. Here are the biggest unanswered questions from the final season of "Better Call Saul." 

What happened to Nacho's father Manuel?

Manuel (Juan Carlos Cantu) played a pivotal role in Nacho's final episodes. The automobile upholstery shop owner and upstanding citizen was the epitome of good in a series full of morally grey characters and others who have intentionally broken bad. Thankfully, Nacho was able to share a tear-jerking goodbye with his father before he met his untimely demise.

However, the question remains — what was the fate of Manuel? The last we saw of Nacho's father, Mike paid him a visit to let him know that his son died a good man. Thematically, Mike gave Manuel a sense of closure Mike will never have while providing viewers with another redeeming moment for the ex-officer and further revealing his honorable true nature. While we may never see Manuel again, thanks to Mike he will at least have some sense of closure as he presumably continues to work in his shop. Hopefully, without Nacho around Manuel will be safe from the cartel as he can no longer be used as leverage. 

Why does Saul escape to Nebraska?

Of all places, why did the wealthy criminal lawyer escape to the cold and unforgiving land of Omaha, Nebraska? Was it just an obscure location to avoid being captured? After all, it almost was as Gene does go unnoticed for a matter of months before former Albuquerque cab driver Jeff (Don Harvey in Season 4 and 5, Pat Healy in Season 6) recognizes him. However, this location is actually both a reference to a throwaway line from "Breaking Bad" and an important place from Kim Wexler's (Rhea Seehorn) past.

"If I'm lucky, a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha." Saul tells Walt as they hide out under the vacuum repair shop in the "Breaking Bad" episode "Granite State." This scene is revisited in the series finale of "Better Call Saul" and also serves as a set-up for the prequel series. The sad fulfillment of this line is accompanied by a gorgeous black and white composition that captures the emptiness of the icing-slinging Gene Takovic. 

However, that may not be the only reason Saul hides out here. As we learn in Season 6, from Kim's flashback earring thievery, she's actually from Omaha, as seen on her mother's license plate. Was Saul originally hoping Kim may have returned here and chosen Nebraska in hopes of a reunion?

How did Jimmy get the vet's little black book?

One of the small details from the Season 6 premiere opening shows that Saul eventually acquires Dr. Caldera's (Joe DeRosa) little black book full of criminal contacts. This takes place during the undisclosed amount of time that passes between Kim's departure and Saul's greedy transcendence, which raises several questions. How did Saul convince the shady veterinarian to give him the book? Was it bought with some of the inordinate amount of money obtained in the Sandpiper case? Or did Dr. Caldera exchange the book for the ability to have Saul on retainer in perpetuity should any of his old "someones" cause him trouble?

The book is also written in a secret code known only to Dr. Caldera, which implies that Saul must have obtained it with his knowledge to learn how to decipher it. Was it as easy as a key or codex? Did Saul ever end up pursuing any of the contacts in the book to offer his legal services? Was Walter White (Bryan Cranston) ever connected with any of these contacts over the course of his megalomaniacal journey to become Heisenberg?

How much did Saul get from Sandpiper?

Season 1 of "Better Call Saul" introduced a storyline that was seemingly small yet had unsuspecting longevity and an important impact on the overall series. The Sandpiper case was featured alongside adventures of Jimmy encountering dangerous characters like "Breaking Bad" alumnus Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz) and unveiling the Kettleman's fake kidnapping scheme. It's no surprise the retirement community scandal was dwarfed by other events in Jimmy's life when the series was also mesmerizingly peeling back the layered performance of Michael McKean as Jimmy's brother Chuck. 

In a surprising turn, this case is the springboard for launching Jimmy into his full-blown Saul persona. This begs the question, how many millions did Saul end up making off the Sandpiper case? Judging by his golden commode Season 6's cold open, it had to have been a hefty chunk of change, especially with Kim rejecting her share of the surplus profits.

How long has it been since Kim left and Saul got the Sandpiper money?

Before we flash-forward to full Saul, we witness the devastating breakup of Jimmy and Kim. Once again, the exact timeline is a little unclear. It's hard to pinpoint just how long it's been since Kim made that difficult decision due to the artful way in which the series portrays the passage of time. So the question is — how long was Jimmy left alone before he received a fat check from a case he first discovered in Season 1?

It would be interesting to know how long Jimmy was forced to sit with himself before Saul crept up and fully took over his persona and life. Who gave him the call updating him on the case now that Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill is fully dissolved? Was it a reluctant conversation with a Davis & Main representative? Or could it possibly have been Erin Brill (Jessie Ennis), his old co-worker who kept a close eye on Jimmy during his time there? 

Will Kim become a practicing lawyer again?

There were very few joyful moments in the grim series finale. However, Kim Wexler remains one of the show's most hopeful characters who still seems worthy of true redemption. In a strict exercise of self-discipline, Kim settles for a simple life living in Florida working at Palm Coast Sprinklers, where she creates brochures and catalogs for the company. After her explosive call with Saul, she takes accountability for her actions by confessing to her part in Howard's death and volunteering at her local free legal clinic. Kim soon returns to her true nature by burying herself in paperwork.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rhea Seehorn breaks down this turn of events and what it might mean for Kim's future. "I think she's thinking two things: One, that it's possible that I can allow myself to find some joy and passion in my life again. And two, that it's possible that I can atone for my actions in an active way, instead of just a passive way." She expands on Kim's more authentic altruism and even teases a possible future reunion with Jimmy — all of which is tied into the cathartic decision to acknowledge her past mistakes.

Will Kim face civil court?

The double-edged sword with Kim finding happiness again is there is now someone out there who wants to snatch it away. After Kim remorsefully unveils her role in Howard's death, she brings her completed statement to his widow in an attempt to make amends. Cheryl Hamlin (Sandrine Holt) is understandably livid at this revelation and threatens to sue Kim in civil court for everything she has in the event that Kim avoids prosecution.

With the overall lack of evidence or witnesses available to implicate Kim in Howard's death, it seems unlikely that she'll be prosecuted, especially after Jimmy clears her name in the series finale. However, should Cheryl learn that Kim has re-entered the law and is even on speaking terms with her convicted ex-husband Jimmy, the wronged widow may seek vengeance. This could involve taking Kim to civil court as promised and even exposing her past to her new associates in Florida, potentially shattering Kim's fragile fresh start.

Where will Jimmy end up?

After Jimmy weaponizes the law in Saul's signature style, he has a sudden change of heart after seeing Kim. However, this ultimately lands him in a far less luxurious prison than he originally worked out for himself. His initial sweet deal of seven years is increased to a crushing sentence of 86 after his astonishing admission of guilt, in which he details his actions in shielding Heisenberg from prison during his crime reign. He protects Kim and even displays remorse for not doing more to save his brother Chuck and admits the role he played in the events that led to his brother's tragic death. As star Bob Odenkirk stated during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "It's the bravest, most honest thing he can do."

The series finale sees Jimmy return to using his birth name while serving his sentence at the very prison he wanted to avoid: ADX Montrose (as indicated by the letters on his jumpsuit). However, ADX Montrose may not be the final stop for Jimmy, as Rhea Seehorn offers a ray of hope with Entertainment Weekly that suggests he could be seeing more of his ex-wife. Seehorn explained, "I think she's going to go through a very complicated process of trying to figure out if she can help decrease his sentence in a way that is still just. And I don't think that's the last time they'll see each other. Not by a long shot."

Where are Skyler and Walter Jr.?

The last three episodes of "Better Call Saul" intertwine with the original series in some interesting ways. In Season 6's third to last episode, aptly titled "Breaking Bad," Gene catches up with his old secretary Francesca (Tina Parker), who updates him on Walt's old accomplices. The first is Walt's widow, Skyler White, who presumably got her deal with the DEA, although she also mentions that Jesse Pinkman's abandoned El Camino was found somewhere near the border of Mexico. Where are Skyler and her son, Walter Jr., now? When viewers last saw them in the "Breaking Bad" series finale, they were living in a small apartment and attempting to live quiet lives. 

However, Walter Jr. is on the cusp of inheriting the cash made from his father's drug empire. In the series finale of "Breaking Bad," Walt blackmails his old business partners Gretchen (Jessica Hecht) and Elliot (Adam Godley) into charitably donating his earned meth profits to his son on his 18th birthday. According to the official timeline, Walter Jr. is only 17 at the time of the "Better Call Saul" finale, which possibly leaves him still living in infamy and struggling with his mother and sister.

Marie's appearance in the finale was an enormous delight for both the fans and crew. "Better Call Saul" co-creator Peter Gould praised actress Betsy Brandt's return during an interview with Variety. "I was so grateful that she was willing to come to Albuquerque. She has a couple of scenes, so she was there for quite a while. Working with her reminded me of what a brilliant actress she is." Viewers can also be confident that underneath all that beautiful black and white footage used in the final episode of "Better Call Saul," Marie was draped in her signature purple while delivering the best line of the series: "They tell me they found you in a garbage dumpster. Well, that makes sense."

Is Jesse still alive?

Speaking of Jesse Pinkman, fans are left to wonder if he is still alive and living in Alaska. After escaping the psychotic Nazis with help from Walt's automatic machine gun, Jesse's loyal friends Badger (Matt Jones) and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) help him by leaving a car near the Mexico border to throw off the pursuing officers. He experiences a variety of misadventures encountering both his criminal foes and the police in the Netflix film "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," where he narrowly escapes with his life.

If Jesse is still alive, this leaves an open window to return to the "Breaking Bad" universe where — in some bizarre turn of possible events — he could even reunite with Kim Wexler to clear his name. The two even shared screen time and a cigarette in the penultimate episode of "Better Call Saul" after crossing paths naturally, and Aaron Paul seamlessly slides back into the role of Jesse faster than you can say, "Yeah, science!" If Jesse is still alive, maybe viewers haven't seen the last of this troubled soul who has finally won his freedom and a new chance at life in Alaska.

Is this really the end of the Breaking Bad universe?

When "Breaking Bad" ended in 2013, most fans thought we'd seen the last of Walt and Jesse. However, even then there was some comfort in knowing that the universe would continue with the already announced prequel spin-off about the loudmouth criminal lawyer, Saul. However, now we are facing the possible conclusion of the entire franchise. 

Still, there is a shred of hope remaining thanks to some recent comments that Peter Gould made to The Hollywood Reporter which suggest that this may not be the end of the "Breaking Bad" saga. Gould said, "Look, if Vince or I or any of the folks who worked on the show had an idea that we were excited about, never say never. Vince and I both feel like we want and need to do something different and change things up. If we ever did come back to this universe, hopefully we bring a new set of ideas that would enrich it and give us something different." 

At the very least, we'll know soon what co-creator Vince Gilligan has been working on, as Deadline reveals that his next series is soon to be announced and will be a genre drama akin to "The Twilight Zone." In fact, Deadline reports that Gilligan's newest project will recruit "Better Call Saul" standout Rhea Seehorn in an exciting drama for Apple TV+. The streamer is already exceedingly confident in Gilligan's idea, which was given an enthusiastic early two-season order, and his reunion with Seehorn. While this is certainly an exciting new direction for Gilligan, fans are still hoping for a return to Albuquerque in the not-too-distant future.