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EW Honors Saul as One of Year’s Best; Deadline Reports on WGA Nod

This week, Entertainment Weekly honors Better Call Saul as one of the year’s best shows, while Deadline reports on the drama’s WGA nomination. Plus, Rhea Seehorn talks Kim’s fate with Gold Derby. Read on for more:

Better Call Saul is one of Entertainment Weekly‘s best shows: “The tragedy of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk, consistently miraculous) is never more poignant than when we see it reflected in the eyes of his soul mate, Kim (Rhea Seehorn, so overdue for an Emmy nom).”

Deadline reports that Better Call Saul has been honored with a WGA Award nod for best drama series.

• Musing about Kim’s fate, Rhea Seehorn tells Gold Derby, “Sadly it is tragic no matter what. When people say it would be tragic if she died, sure. But honestly it would be tragic if she’s fallen so far that she’s in jail, or fine with what Saul’s doing.”

Variety reports that Better Call Saul received a trio of Critics’ Choice Awards nods, for Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series for Bob Odenkirk and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Rhea Seehorn.

• “With each season somehow even stronger than the one before it, Better Call Saul could end up being almost as incredible as the hall-of-fame show that inspired it,” writes Adweek, which recognizes the show as one of 2018’s 10 best.

The Hollywood Reporter mourns Werner’s death because Better Call Saul is partly “the story of how Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) becomes New Mexico’s premier hitman.”

TV Guide honors Better Call Saul as one of the year’s best: “Jimmy McGill officially adopted the Saul moniker by the end of the season, breaking our hearts (and likely Kim’s [Rhea Seehorn]) in the process, and setting up all the pieces for what’s sure to be an electric Season 5.”

TheWrap reports that the AFI’s list of the top 10 television programs of the year includes Better Call Saul.

Better Call Saul wins plaudits from A.V. Club: “Much is made about Better Call Saul’s deliberate process of transforming Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman, but the Breaking Bad prequel really seems to have cracked the formula for prestige-drama momentum circa 2018.”

Better Call Saul is one of Vulture‘s top 10 shows this year, calling Season 4 the drama’s “bleakest, following the main characters on parallel tracks that all end in momentous decisions that redefine them, yet somehow it still managed to be laugh-out-loud funny, and every subplot and scene was exquisitely shaped and paced.”

• Another Vulture top 10 list calls Better Call Saul a show that’s “written and directed with a great precision that never comes across as too showy. It’s a slower burn than Breaking Bad, but a consistently, deeply satisfying one.”

Better Call Saul is one of IndieWire‘s top shows: “This is now the fourth season that marks this show defying expectations, proving again that Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould keep getting better, year after year, at making TV.”

The Ringer calls Better Call Saul one of 2018’s best shows: “Why did Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan make a Breaking Bad prequel show about secondary Breaking Bad characters? Because they are really, really good at doing it.”

• The performance of Rhea Seehorn — “the lone woman in a cast full of incredible men, but she also stands out for the way she’s slowly built Kim into a complex, fan-favorite character who outshines the lot of them” — impresses TV Guide.

Flickering Myth hails two moments from Season 4, when Mike has to kill Werner which “happens in the most tragic and beautiful way possible” and when Jimmy “announces his decision to practice under the name Saul Goodman, oblivious to Kim’s distress.”

The Ringer deems Saul Goodman one of TV’s top monsters: “Of the many virtues of the excellent prequel series Better Call Saul, one of its finest is learning just how empty and deprived the man once known as Jimmy McGill really is.”

• Two of Flickering Myth‘s best TV characters this year are Kim (who “becomes a more complex and rich creation” each season) and Jimmy (who is “played with devastating brilliance by Bob Odenkirk”).

L’Officiel interviews Michael Mando, who says of Nacho, “To play a character that’s so iconoclastic is a dream come true. You end up falling in love with the humanity of a person who is a criminal.”

Backstage supports a SAG nominee for Bob Odenkirk: “Technically, we know where all this is going, but even with the knowledge of that final meth-charged outcome in the back of our minds, Odenkirk is giving an increasingly refined performance, adding new layers to the dodgy lawyer’s present tense.”

CarterMatt comments that Jimmy and Mike “barely had any story together at all for the fourth season, and yet, it does feel as though the two are still on a collision course to be back in one another’s orbit moving forward.”

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