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Though more of an expositional creep than previous episodes, "Piñata" maintains the season's emotionally charged character growth and provides a powerful, mildly petrifying performance from Giancarlo Esposito.
If you didn't get chills during Giancarlo Esposito's bedside monologue, you're as (allegedly) comatose as Hector Salamanca.
Pinata, may have been the most revealing episode yet in terms of the journey to becoming Saul Goodman,
It's becoming clearer that the final "Saul" straw will come when this dream collapses entirely.
Esposito is phenomenal, delivering the speech in a steady, measured, menacing way.
Another perfectly competent episode of Better Call Saul that does little to explain just where we might be heading this year, and unfortunately we're running out of time.
"Piñata" structures its narrative around Jimmy's hunger for the respect, adulation, and sense of accomplishment that lawyering was supposed to provide him.
"Piñata" reminds us that when creating compelling characters, as Mike would say, "We can't just keep 'em alive, we gotta keep 'em from climbing the walls."
Offers a valuable emotional counterweight to the steps Jimmy takes in the rest of the episode on the road from (hat tip to Jesse Pinkman) criminal lawyer to criminal lawyer.
For me, this is easily the best season of "Better Call Saul.
This new focus on the super lab is particularly fun, serving to show how long and arduous it was to set up these elements of the Los Pollos Hermanos business that Walt would later so swiftly and impulsively raze to the ground.