Of the myriad possibilities for the midseason finale of Better Call Saul’s final season, “Plan and Execution,” let’s give the show credit:

Surely nobody anticipated the parallel arcs of Howard Hamlin and Lalo Salamanca. But against all odds, two characters from completely opposite ends of the series

Howard and Lalo’s respective journeys land them at Kim Wexler’s apartment before the credits roll, and it ends well for only one of them.

Let’s start with Howard, who finally found himself on the receiving end of Jimmy and Kim’s long-gestating scheme to tarnish his career.

Their plan hinged on the latest meeting about the Sandpiper Crossing retirement home case that HHM is handling, and which is being mediated by a retired judge with a striking handlebar mustache.

Naturally, though, the fake P.I. switched out the photos with some shots of Jimmy handing over a frisbee to a college student with a handlebar mustache.

Howard is left to suffer a similar fate as Chuck McGill in Better Call Saul’s third season, when he angrily testified against Jimmy and came out the other end looking totally unhinged. 

But with Howard lying in a pool of his own blood and Kim nowhere to be seen in Breaking Bad, all other bets are off.