In Better Call Saul, Saul Goodman has to wear a new look and act like a different person to escape the law. However, his mustache when he’s Gene Takavic has a much deeper meaning. Better Call Saul season 6 shows that Gene can’t escape from who he really is, even when he has to leave his life as Jimmy McGill and Saul Goodman. This is clearer than ever when Gene keeps pulling scams with Jeff and Buddy, even though they aren’t very good at it.
“Breaking Bad,” the 11th episode of season 6 of Better Call Saul, jumps back and forth between different times so that Bryan Cranston’s Walter White and Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman can finally make cameos. Their scene with Saul from Better Call Saul is from Breaking Bad season 2, episode 8. But most of the episode still happens after the events of Breaking Bad in the Gene timeline. Even though the different timelines help connect the events of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, they are also used to show how much the two main characters are alike.
In Better Call Saul, Gene’s mustache is another way the show connects him to Walter White, who wore a mustache in the first few seasons of Breaking Bad. Gene lives an everyday life in Omaha, Nebraska, where he works as a manager at a Cinnabon. His job is similar to Walter White’s as a regular chemistry teacher. Both men have more skills than they need for their jobs. Because they don’t look suspicious, people sometimes walk over them. Walt and Gene are both unhappy with this way of life, so they use their skills to go after things that aren’t right.
Why Gene Is Just Like Walter White
In Saul’s previously unseen conversation with Mike about Walter during the events of Breaking Bad season 2. The writers of Better Call Saul say something very self-aware. Mike tells Saul he shouldn’t work with Walter because he’s an “amateur.” In Breaking Bad, Mike was right about Walt’s death and downfall. Saul doesn’t listen to this advice, but to make Mike happy, he agrees. And says, “Guy with that mustache probably doesn’t make many good decisions in life.” This line is confirmed from both sides. After hearing Mike’s opinion of Walter, Saul already knows that Walter is in trouble. In the Gene timeline, it is funny that the line eventually applies to himself. This is another example of a self-fulfilling prophecy in Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. Another is when Saul says at the end of Breaking Bad, “If I’m lucky, a month from now, best-case scenario, I’m managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.”
Both of these predictions about Saul and Walter White in Better Call Saul come true. Because they know they should not do what they do. Hank Schrader, Walter’s brother-in-law and a DEA agent warned him about the risks of getting into the drug trade. Still, his pride won in the end. In the Gene timeline, Saul goes against what he knows is right. Even though he tried to live a low-key life. The mall scam with Jeff and the sad phone call he got from Kim drove him back to crime. He does this even though he knows what will happen because he has already been there. And paid the price in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Walter and Gene choose to do bad things because they enjoy and are good at it.