The only truism in the world of Better Call Saul is that corruption is inevitable. The thing that separates us is how quickly we take to it. Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, adapts to his world like a chameleon. Kim Wexler, his scuffed-up goody-two-shoes wife and reluctant partner in crime, was slower to change.
For the first five seasons of the show, Kim was the more reserved of the pair. She was cautious and calculated the angles. Jimmy just played them all. We know where that takes him in the end: a Cinnabon in Omaha, Nebraska. But it also makes Kim’s fate the most interesting question heading into the final chapter of Better Call Saul.
She doesn’t appear in Breaking Bad, the sequel to Better Call Saul. She’s never even mentioned. And with each season of BCS, Kim takes on more of Jimmy’s bad behavior. So much so that in the Season 5 finale, it’s Jimmy trying to reel his wife back from a scorched-earth plan of attack against their common enemy.
It all portends doom for our beloved Kim Wexler. Even Rhea Seehorn, the actress who plays Kim, said the show’s ending left her “devastated.”
Fans took this to mean Kimmy Wexler will sleep with the fishes by the show’s end. But does it?
Bob Odenkirk Has a Different Theory About Kim’s Future
Bob Odenkirk, the show’s star, is a meth pipe is half full kind of guy. Last year, while the actors were still filming the final episodes, Odenkirk told The Guardian that hadn’t read ahead. He didn’t want to know what happened in the show, so he could be surprised along with the audience. He didn’t know Kim’s fate, he said, but he’s hopeful.
“I don’t think she dies,” Odenkirk told the British newspaper. “I think she’s in Albuquerque, and she’s still practicing law.”
That’s a beautiful thought. That Kim Wexler somehow escaped the cartel violence and her toxic relationship with Jimmy to carve out a little bit of peace for herself. But does that sound like the world that Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan created?
Gould, the show’s creator and former writer on Breaking Bad, told Rolling Stone that Kim is Saul‘s Walter White character. She’s brilliant but naive. And she learned late in life that she’s good at a lot of not-good things. Kim’s the frog in boiling water, unable to tell that things are disastrous until it’s too late.
“In a lot of ways, Kim is the soul in question here,” Gould said. “We know, for better or worse, who Saul Goodman seemed to be on Breaking Bad. But what happens to Kim Wexler? Where is she headed? There’s a lot of possibilities and a lot of not-so-great possibilities.”