Critic Consensus: A terrifically-acted, heart-wrenching revelation, mixed with a tough and powerful subplot for Mike, makes "Pimento" a superior penultimate episode of a consistently strong season.
Critic reviews for Pimento
The penultimate dispatch ratcheted the tension further as the relationship between McGill and brother Chuck reached a crisis.
Boy, screenwriter Thomas Schnauz, who penned some of my favorite Breaking Bad episodes, can write some serious dialogue.
The penultimate installment at the very least sets the stage for a blowout finale, and at its most is the dramatic realization of the whole season's potential.
I made the ADD-addled mistake of thinking "Pimento" was slow at first, at least for the penultimate installment of the season. But much like the series itself... it was all a setup for the closing suckerpunch and a further vault into the origin story.
Aside from being entertaining, Mike's side story raised a very interesting question that will likely shape the remainder of Better Call Saul - what is the difference between a bad guy and a criminal?
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