Better Call Saul season 5, episode 3, relates ants and ice cream to express Jimmy McGill’s character arc; so here’s what it means. The fifth season of Better Call Saul is becoming more like Breaking Bad especially the character of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk).
He’s now fully practicing law under the pen name of Saul and is increasingly getting mixed in with the wrong group.
In Better Call Saul season 5, episode 2, Jimmy is pulled off from the street by Nacho (Michael Mando), who has a deal for him.
At that moment in time, Jimmy is walking along eating an ice cream cone, which he drops on the street and it’s set upon by an army of ants. The sequence is shot similar to a nature documentary, showing close-up action of the ants on the ice cream.
The ants and the ice cream have different meanings for Jimmy in the show. It tries to represent the duality of both lives Jimmy McGill and Saul Goodman.
The ice cream is Jimmy: smiling and pleasant. The ants are a representation of Saul or mostly the people he is joined with.
So, now the ants are taking the reins that suggest that the ice-cream will soon vanish without even a small existence.
The ants and ice cream concept is also depicting how Jimmy’s business decisions are getting affected. Now, Jimmy is being forced to work for Lalo Salamanca, which suggests how the lines will end up twisted.
He just can’t simply work for drug cartels and evil bosses, and then switch to normal things as if nothing happened to the ice-cream once outside from freezer.
So, things are going to get messier as Jimmy is now working for Lalo in Better Call Saul. Unbeknownst to Jimmy, Lalo’s driven by his desire to take down Gus Fring, which means Jimmy is being roped into that mayhem, even him staying at a distance.
But now that’s he’s chosen this path, there’s no turn around for him.
He’s going to be eaten by the ants, no matter what.