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‘Better Call Saul’ episode 8 ‘Point and Shoot’ recap: The ‘Breaking Bad’ begins its end game with a major death and tense showdown (SPOILERS)

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The season’s eighth episode, titled “Level and Shoot,” lastly noticed the brutal finish of the damaging and resourceful Lalo (Tony Dalton), the rival to Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) who needed to be crossed out of the image sooner or later, however who had managed to evade that this lengthy.

Regardless of seemingly outsmarting Gus and his safety staff, Lalo made the widespread super-villain mistake of monologuing himself to demise, giving Gus the chance to dim the lights, seize a gun and put an finish to him. Gus additionally advised him, as he stalled for time, about his intentions to kill these near Lalo’s uncle Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis), whose lengthy historical past with Gus paid off explosively in “Breaking Unhealthy,” including yet one more layer to that story line.

In fact, Lalo’s destiny got here too late for poor Howard (Patrick Fabian), who was within the flawed place on the flawed time when Lalo confirmed as much as terrorize Jimmy/Saul (Bob Odenkirk) and Kim (Rhea Seehorn), enlisting them as reluctant accomplices in his plot, though with the advantage of hindsight they had been primarily a part of an elaborate misdirection ruse that truly labored, barring its architect’s talkative streak.

The truth that Jimmy and Kim’s plot to embarrass Howard can be used as a part of the quilt story to elucidate his disappearance, or that each Howard and Lalo can be relegated to a grave within the bowels of Gus’ underground facility, merely underscored the depths to which the writers have gone in weaving “Saul” into each a part of “Breaking Unhealthy’s” DNA.

A number of main questions linger, beginning with the obvious one, “What occurred to Kim?” By way of advancing the ball, the most recent episode is notable solely in that the near-death expertise appeared to convey her and Jimmy nearer collectively, which solely makes the prospect of what separated them extra tantalizing.

Like “Star Wars,” we’re nonetheless ready to see the ending touches of how Jimmy accomplished his descent to the darkish aspect. “Level and Shoot” was a key step in laying that groundwork, together with what’s buried below the bottom.