People say Better Call Saul is better than Breaking Bad now that both have officially ended
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Fans reckon Better Call Saul is better than Breaking Bad now that the former has finally ended.
Better Call Saul's final episode was released on August 15 and emotional fans have flooded social media to share their thoughts after viewing six seasons and 63 episodes.
We're not going to lie... they're a little controversial.
One social media user said: "Finally the time to say it. Better Call Saul > Breaking Bad."
A second person showered the finale with praise: "This ending of Better Call Saul was so marvellously written. For me, it was even better than Breaking Bad's. It's only a bit sad [is] that this Breaking Bad universe ends."
This ending of Better Call Saul was so marvellously written. For me, it was even better than Breaking Bad's. It's only a bit sad that this BrBa universe ends. It was fun & a great time all over 126 episodes and a film. ♥️✨#BetterCallSaulFinale #BreakingBad #bettercallsaul #AMC pic.twitter.com/9aMAglkY0v— Pushp (@cricorcese) August 16, 2022
Finally the time to say it.— JOL but no (@sgoatedalt) August 16, 2022
Better Call Saul > Breaking Bad pic.twitter.com/j8DpOAeP2Q
A third chipped in with: "Why do I like the Better Call Saul series finale more than the Breaking Bad series finale? Because no one says 'waving the weenie' in the Breaking Bad series finale."
Fair enough on that final point, to be honest.
But what did the critics make of it?
Alan Sepinwall from Rolling Stone wrote: "There’s no big drama, because it would feel like a cheat to insert some new conflict for them that wasn’t part of the step-by-step process we watched on Breaking Bad. But it’s them back in their element one last time, and it’s very, very good."
The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg reckons that critics are 'contractually obligated to pit the two shows against each other', but actually doing so is an impossible task.
Just watched the Better Call Saul series finale.— Bigfry🍟 (@BigfryTV) August 16, 2022
Absolutely one of the best finales I’ve ever seen. Wrapped it all up in a perfect way.
The entire show reframed Breaking Bad in such a cool way that it actually improves on what we original had.
Masterpiece of TV right there.
Breaking Bad: Better paced show and the biggest cinematic achievement— Better Call Jared (@Name112a7) August 16, 2022
Better Call Saul: The deeper and more mature show. The better artistic achievement.
"I don’t think Better Call Saul, as breathlessly suspenseful as it often was, was ever on the same level as much of season four of Breaking Bad ... but I don’t think Breaking Bad ever had a relationship that I cared about on the same level as Jimmy and Kim’s," Fienberg said, as per The Hollywood Reporter.
"That makes Breaking Bad a more exciting and rewatchable show, perhaps, but not a show that ever stuck with me with the character-driven potency that Better Call Saul did."
Fienberg added that comparing the shows is really an impossible task, despite being set in the same universe.
But it wasn't just TV critics that made this observation.
Why do I like the Better Call Saul series finale more than the Breaking Bad series finale? Because no one says "waving the weenie" in the Breaking Bad series finale. pic.twitter.com/6hTIFwzwxf— Josh Kurp (@JoshKurp) August 16, 2022
One social media user said: "Better call Saul is more meticulously crafted with its storytelling, pacing, and characterisation while Breaking Bad’s story is more enthralling and it’s easy to get stuck into the world."
A second added: "Breaking Bad: Better paced show and the biggest cinematic achievement. Better Call Saul: The deeper and more mature show. The better artistic achievement."
So, even if you're jumping on the 'Better Call Saul is better' bandwagon, the fact of the matter is this: it is now over.
But never say never.