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Jimmy McGill is dead, long live Saul Goodman in a doom-laden premiere that wrings heartbreaking juxtaposition between the "Magic Man" himself embracing his sleazy stride and the haunted fugitive he will inevitably become.
Between Hughes' setup of the construction crew getting sent away and Peter Gould's writing of their respective farewells, "Magic Man" gets to have its cake and add a new flavor too.
The worst part is that Jimmy is surely right: Kim will see the truth about him eventually. And when this happens, it will be agony to watch.
Let's just say it: That was the best season opener to date.
The perennial Emmy nominee "Better Call Saul" returns with flair. It wouldn't be a season premiere without some real fireworks, and "Magic Man" provides plenty.
The consistently excellent Better Call Saul still has a little too much filler, but the series remains a worthy follow-up to Breaking Bad, and "Magic Man" points to this penultimate season setting the stage for a must-see final two years.
After fans suffered through an agonizingly slow two-year wait between seasons four and five of Better Call Saul, the show more than makes up for lost time with an airtight opener filled to the brim with tension and the promise of what's to come.
A swan song cameo from a Hollywood legend, and yet another eerily gripping black and white flash forward of Jimmy's grim future, all make "Magic Man" a season premiere that more than lives up to its name.
Better Call Saul returns with a renewed focus that pushes the series closer to Breaking Bad without losing what makes the prequel engaging all of its own. A lot of that is thanks to Rhea Seehorn's continually astounding work as Kim Wexler.
The premiere has done a good job setting up most of these dominoes to be knocked down in a satisfying way while continuing to be a cut above the standard hour with its technical mastery and thought out writing.
Rhea Seehorn remains the MVP of the series, and the acting she does after scamming her client is particularly powerful.
The premiere of Better Call Saul Season 5 is as brilliant as any fan of the series could expect and seems to suggest that things will only get hairier from here.
With so much attention on the past, though, the episode's most intriguing scene was arguably the Gene-centric flash-forward that kicked everything off.