Better Call Saul promised something unforgivable for its mid-season 6 finale, and certainly delivered. Here’s “Plan & Execution” explained. The midway cliffhanger of Better Call Saul season 6 is a force to be reckoned with – here’s our full breakdown of how “Plan & Execution” is planned and executed. When AMC first announced Better Call Saul’s final season would arrive in two chunks, comparisons to Breaking Bad were immediate. A doozy of a cliffhanger was promised, but could the spinoff match Hank Schrader’s bathroom epiphany that Walter White is Heisenberg?
Better Call Saul season 6’s “Plan & Execution” marks the grand finale of Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler’s attempt to frame Howard Hamlin as a struggling drug addict unfit to practice law, forcing a swift resolution to the long-running Sandpiper case, and taking the $2 million they’re owed from the common fund. The scam has gone perfectly so far (more or less), with Davies & Main’s Cliff Main semi-convinced Howard has his nose everywhere but the grindstone. The final phase takes place during a Sandpiper mediation meeting, and Jimmy and Kim are ready to make their influence felt. “Plan & Execution” is an intricate, hard-hitting midpoint finale to Better Call Saul season 6, and drops a hell of an exclamation point for audiences to freak out over before the last episodes begin airing in July. The episode completes Jimmy and Kim’s scheme in stunningly violent fashion, continues to set the stage for Gus vs. Lalo, and promises a darker ending than even Breaking Bad. Here’s how and why everything goes down the way it does.
Why Jimmy Reshoots Better Call Saul’s Casimiro, Better Call Saul season 6’s “Axe & Grind” dropped the bone-breaking bombshell that Rand Casimiro – the Sandpiper mediator Jimmy hired an actor to impersonate – currently holds his left arm in a sling. This meant the fake photos showing Jimmy slipping “Casimiro” a package outside Saul Goodman & Associates were useless. In a rush to fix this glaring error, “Plan & Execution” sees Jimmy hastily assemble his Avengers – the actor, the college film crew, and a rogue elf. They’re joined by Kim, who has completely forsaken her big career opportunity to bring arts & crafts supplies for a semi-convincing plaster cast. Together, the team recreates their original photos on the college lawn, with Casimir-no receiving Jimmy’s package from a nearby bench – this time with sling in shot. The gang also takes a second set of photos Better Call Saul doesn’t reveal right away, and these depict Jimmy on the very same bench passing a Frisbee back to some random guy (actually the film crew’s boom operator).
Howard’s Private Investigator Was Always The Key To Jimmy & Kim’s Plan, Until now, an important chunk of Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler’s Sandpiper con was obscured, but Better Call Saul’s mid-season 6 finale reaches down the back of the sofa to find that missing piece is actually… Howard’s private investigator. “Black & Blue” revealed Howard hired a PI to keep tabs on Jimmy’s movements, certain the shady “Saul Goodman” was up to old tricks. The PI featured once again in the following episode, this time guiding Howard through numerous innocuous photos of Jimmy going about his daily business, as well as one suspicious shot where their target was withdrawing $20,000 in cash.
Jimmy & Kim’s Final Phase In Better Call Saul’s Howard Scam Explained, While Jimmy & Kim’s staged Rand Casimiro photos are designed to make Howard doubt the judge’s impartial integrity, they secretly serve an ulterior purpose. Back in Better Call Saul season 6’s “Axe & Grind,” Jimmy sourced a stimulant drug from Dr. Caldera – Better Call Saul’s criminal vet. Drops of this drug are lathered across the falsified photos before being swept into a brown envelope and rushed to the waiting private investigator. Since Jimmy & Kim both wear gloves (and the PI touches the envelope), Howard Hamlin is the only unlucky soul to make skin contact with the prints. The stimulant dilates his pupils, brings on jitters, and generally recreates common symptoms of drug addiction.
How Lalo Salamanca Gets The Upper Hand On Gus Fring, When Tony Dalton’s smiling face last graced Better Call Saul, Lalo Salamanca was making a nuisance of himself in Europe by tormenting Casper, one of Werner Ziegler’s loyal employees from the Gus Fring superlab project. The first half of their conversation transpired in “Axe & Grind,” with a wounded Lalo promising to torture Casper unless he spilled some beans. Better Call Saul’s mid-season 6 finale opens with Lalo back in New Mexico, leaving the remainder of that conversation to the audience’s imagination. We can assume the Croatian construction worker cracked like a jaje, telling Lalo everything he needed to know about the giant cavity underneath Lavandería Brillante.
What Does Lalo Salamanca Want With Jimmy & Kim? Despite outfoxing Gus Fring, Lalo still can’t enter the superlab site immediately. Seeking a spark of inspiration, Lalo spots a cockroach in the sewer and immediately remembers his lawyer pal, Saul Goodman (who he called a cockroach back in Better Call Saul season 5, hence the connection). Thanks to the Hector phone call from earlier, Gus now believes his home is under immediate threat, so Mike pulls as many guards as possible to that location. This leaves Jimmy and Kim – who Mike previously placed a tail on – exposed, allowing Lalo Salamanca to snake through their apartment window unseen.
Howard Hamlin’s Death Will Define Jimmy & Kim’s Better Call Saul Ending It doesn’t feel overly bold to suggest Howard Hamlin’s death will hang heavy over Better Call Saul’s remaining episodes. A prominent lawyer’s fresh corpse is now decorating the floor of Kim’s apartment, and the man responsible is officially considered dead by the authorities. Jimmy and Kim can’t very well call the cops, and even if they successfully dispose of the body (Walter White knows a trick for that…), Howard’s disappearance will make waves soon enough. Given the recent bad blood between them, Jimmy McGill would surely be among the prime suspects. Maybe this is how Lalo Salamanca gains leverage over his two cockroaches. The gangster has considerably more experience in the business of covering up murders than Jimmy or Kim do; if Lalo solves their Howard problem, they might solve his Gus Fring problem.