‘Better Call Saul’s Title Sequence Could Mean Gene Takavic Episodes in Season 6
Many fans have taken note of the severely worn video footage that appears in the title sequence of Better Call Saul Season 6. Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) will inevitably become Gene Takavic thanks to his involvement with Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston), but we don’t know what becomes of Gene after Breaking Bad. Considering the appearance of the footage in Better Call Saul‘s title sequence, we might get to know Gene a bit more before the AMC series ends.
‘Better Call Saul’s black and white scenes show glimpses of Gene Takavic’s life
Thanks to Breaking Bad, we know Saul Goodman ends up in Nebraska working as the manager of a Cinnabon under the name Gene Takavic. Better Call Saul gives fans an even closer look at Gene’s fate.
So far, there have only been glimpses of Gene’s life post-Breaking Bad. In season 4 of Better Call Saul, Jeff (Don Harvey) recognizes Gene as Saul Goodman when he gets into his taxi. Jeff appears again in season 5, forcing Gene to confirm his alter ego while on a break in the mall.
There have not been any black and white scenes of Gene thus far in the final season of Better Call Saul. Still, fans are hopeful we’ll get a full episode (or two) that detail what becomes of Gene Takavic.
‘Better Call Saul’s title sequence could be Gene Takavic reliving Saul Goodman’s glory days
The meaning behind Better Call Saul‘s title sequence has been discussed at length among fans. The theory regarding Gene rewatching old Saul Goodman promos been discussed on Reddit before, but it has come up again with the start of the final season.
The video footage appears more worn with every season. “I always thought it was a metaphor of how Saul’s [morals are] getting more and more f***ed up per season,” says one Better Call Saul fan.
We know Gene Takavic is Jimmy McGill’s ultimate fate. One Reddit user elaborates on exactly why the footage in the title sequence appears worn. “It’s the VHS that Gene brings out of hiding and watches over and over,” they wrote. “The film inside the tape is breaking down as time goes by.”
“Analog tape disintegrates over time,” another Redditor adds. “Its lifespan can be extended through a baking process, but ultimately, time will take its toll. When the magnetic particulate withers away, all that remains is a clear plastic strip that contains nothing.”
‘Better Call Saul’s title sequence could hint at Gene Takavic episodes
In addition to the literal meaning behind the worn video, the title sequence could contain another hint about the kinds of episodes fans can expect in the last season of Better Call Saul. From the beginning, fans have noticed slight variations in the footage, with the black and white portion of the video getting longer each season.
While this could be a subtle nod to Saul getting closer to the path that inevitability leads him to Breaking Bad, it could also be Vince Gilligan’s way of teasing a few black and white Gene-centric episodes this season. Not only does this feel like a Gilligan move, but it would be a poetic end to the series giving us a glimpse into Gene’s future in a world without Walter White.
Tune in Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET to see how Jimmy/Saul/Gene’s life plays out.
Watch episodes of Better Call Saul on AMC.