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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 Part 1 Ending Explained: Did Jimmy and Kim Win?

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Better Call Saul’s final season has been gearing up to this moment, answering whether Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), and Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) would succeed in their plot against Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian).

The couple set out to ruin the lawyer’s reputation to settle the Sandpiper case as quickly as possible, and they have gone to great lengths all season to trick him and convince others of his nefarious ways.

Well, it turns out that Jimmy and Kim should have been careful about what they wished for, because they got more than just Howard’s downfall in the show’s mid-season finale. Here is everything you need to know.

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 Episode 7.

‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6 Part 1 Ending Explained

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Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman. The pair concocted an elaborate scheme to ruin Howard Hamlin to settle the Sandpiper case, which succeeded.
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It all came down to this, one last-ditch effort by Jimmy and Kim to take down Howard and resolve the Sandpiper case, which has been ongoing for several seasons now.

The case, for anyone who needs a refresher, was one of Jimmy’s first and saw him try to help the elderly residents of Sandpiper Crossing assisted-living facilities get their money back after being overcharged for years.

In order to get a quick pay-out for the clients, and also to get his own share of the earnings, Jimmy and Kim conspired to smear Howard by making it appear that he was a drug addict who frequently met with prostitutes.

The final nail in the coffin (so to speak) was Jimmy and Kim’s plot to stage photos that looked like the judge acting as a mediator to the case was taking a bribe from Jimmy, which a phony private investigator then showed Howard.

As a result, Howard completely fumbled up the meeting intended to continue the Sandpiper case, because he accused the judge of taking a bribe only for his photographic evidence to have been swapped out for innocuous pictures, making him look a fool.

In the end, it meant that Howard’s boss Clifford Main (Ed Begley Jr.) decided to agree to the offer that the Sandpiper Crossing clients offered to the residents, meaning that Jimmy and Kim did indeed win.

Howard was not one to be played, though, because he was convinced that Jimmy was the one behind all the strange incidents over the last few weeks and he went to confront the pair.

Unfortunately that was going to be the last thing that he ever did.

As Howard tried to press for a confession from Jimmy and Kim, Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) snuck into their home undetected, and as he appeared behind the lawyer the couple stood in terror and warned Howard to leave.

Lalo coldly screwed a silencer to his gun as he told them that he wanted to talk, but that Howard could finish what he was trying to say to Jimmy and Kim. Except, he didn’t wait, he shot Howard in the head.

Jimmy and Kim cried out in shock but Lalo, as ever, remained menacingly calm as he told them, again, that he wanted to talk. A conversation that will be saved for the second half of the show’s final season.

Better Call Saul Season 6 Part 2 premieres on AMC on Monday, July 11.

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Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin in “Better Call Saul” Season 6.
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