Why Season 6, Episode 10 of Better Call Saul Breaks Its Title Pattern

Why is the title of Better Call Saul, season 6, episode 10, different from what has come before? BETTER CALL SAUL was conceptualized by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, known for its attention to detail in how it looks and tells stories. This attention to detail extends to the episode titles, which sometimes fit together to make patterns. Season 3 had episodes with titles like “Slip” and “Fall.” And seasons 4 and 5 had titles like “Something Beautiful,” “Something Stupid.” And “Something Unforgivable.”  Every episode name in season 1 of Better Call Saul ended with “o.”

All of the episode names for Better Call Saul‘s sixth season have followed the same “X and Y” pattern, like “Wine and Roses,” “Plan and Execution,” and “Fun and Games.” Why change what works? After doing that for nine episodes, season 6, episode 10 of Better Call Saul is called “Nippy,” which is the name of Jimmy’s fake dog to get Marion’s attention.

Dropping the “X and Y” structure makes Better Call Saul season 6, episode 10, a clean break from the previous nine. “Wine and Roses” to “Fun and Games” are the final chapters of Jimmy McGill’s prequel storyline, then “Nippy” jumps to Gene, a different era telling a separate story in black-and-white. The “Nippy” title sequence substitutes Better Call Saul’s opening for the VHS tape’s blue screen. Episode 10 can be seen as the start of an epilogue or mini-season focusing on Gene Takavic and the future. Better Call Saul season 6’s endgame has arrived.

 

All of the episode names for Better Call Saul’s sixth season have followed the same “X and Y” pattern, like “Wine and Roses.” “Plan and Execution,” and “Fun and Games.” Why change what works? After doing that for nine episodes, season 6, episode 10 of Better Call Saul is called “Nippy.” Which is the name of Jimmy’s fake dog to get Marion’s attention.

Dropping the “X and Y” structure makes Better Call Saul season 6, episode 10, a clean break from the previous nine. “Wine and Roses” to “Fun and Games” are the final chapters of Jimmy McGill’s prequel storyline. Then “Nippy” jumps to Gene, a different era telling a separate story in black-and-white. The “Nippy” title sequence substitutes Better Call Saul’s opening for the VHS tape’s blue screen. Better Call Saul season 6’s endgame has arrived.

What are the last episodes of Better Call Saul about?

Viewers might think that “Nippy” is the last one. In “Fun and Games,” Jimmy’s prequel era was already over, and a short flash-forward scene helped bridge the gap until Breaking Bad. “Nippy” ends with Gene walking away from Saul Goodman’s suit after he and Jeff have tied up their loose ends. Better Call Saul could end there, with Gene moving on with his new life after ensuring his secret identity was safe.

A teaser for episode 11 shows a car at a crossroads, hinting at a life-changing choice Gene must make. “Nippy” also describes this choice. During season 6’s mall heist, Gene fakes a breakdown to distract a security guard. But the performance becomes real as his thoughts turn to Chuck and Kim, forcing Gene to admit he’s alone. Better Call Saul’s final episodes could be about Jimmy rebuilding relationships. If that doesn’t involve bringing brothers back from the dead, hunting down Kim and seeking reconciliation seems likely.

Still to come are cameos by Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman. To make those guest appearances work, Better Call Saul must go back in time to Breaking Bad. Especially for their real scene together. Walt may only be in Gene’s sequel story, though. Better Call Saul has, however, only shown us two major cameos and the possibility that Kim Wexler will show up again.

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