‘Better Call Saul’: 5 Questions Fans Need Answers To as the ‘Breaking Bad’ Timeline Creeps Closer
For the entire existence of Better Call Saul, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the moments when Jimmy became Saul and we finally got to see the return of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad. But something unexpected happened along that journey — fans started falling in love with Jimmy McGill and dreading the moment he fully transformed into criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.
As we speed our way through the penultimate season of the show, it’s obvious that time is running out for Jimmy’s last shreds of morality and he’s about to become the shady character we know too well from Breaking Bad. But before that happens, there are a few questions that showrunners need to clear up for us.
What happens to Kim Wexler?
Perhaps the most pressing question of all has to do with Jimmy’s better half. We already know that by the time Jimmy/Saul meets Walter White in the desert, Kim is a distant memory. But why?
The show creators insist that everyone will be given a “natural” storyline that suits their characters, which seems to be a veiled way of saying that Kim probably won’t be killed in a drug dealer gunfight.
Instead, it’s much more likely that she and Jimmy will have a fallout so bad that they never speak again. Based on the volatile situation with Mesa Verde and Kim’s boss Schweikert, who totally knows she’s scamming a client, it’s clear Kim is on a very dangerous path.
There’s one theory floating around that Kim will choose to go work for Howard at HHM and possibly even engage in a romantic relationship with him. If that happens, we know Jimmy’s pride will prevent him from ever speaking to her again. But it’s all speculation at this point.
Will Lalo Salamanca live or die?
Another notable character missing from Breaking Bad is Lalo Salamanca, a fan favorite who was just introduced this season. Lalo is smarter than he appears, with a slightly manic personality plus keen powers of observation.
There’s a key line in Breaking Bad that happens moments in the episode when Saul first meets Walt and Jesse. The two meth manufacturers kidnap Saul and take him out to the desert. After having his hood removed, Saul says, “No, it wasn’t me. It was Ignacio [Nacho]. He’s the one,” and then starts speaking Spanish. Jesse tells Saul to speak English and he asks, “Lalo didn’t send you?” He’s relieved when Jesse says no and says, “Oh, thank God.”
This scene seems like proof that Lalo is still alive at this point, otherwise how could he send someone?
What makes Mike Ehrmantraut agree to work for Gus Fring?
In Episode 5 of Season 5, we learn that Gus Fring was the one who saved Mike’s life after he was beaten and stabbed by that group of street thugs. Gus makes a hard play to recruit Mike as a “soldier” for his impending war against the Salamancas because he knows Mike is a man who “understands revenge.” But why does Mike agree?
It’s clear that Mike isn’t a huge fan of Gus and doesn’t seem particularly interested in his seemingly endless supply of cash either. Since Mike knows becoming more involved in the drug game will only push him further away from his family, it’s still a mystery how Gus manages to convince him to join his team. Even if he did save Mike’s life.
Where is Nacho in ‘Breaking Bad?’
By the time Breaking Bad events happen, Nacho is a distant memory, much to the disappointment of fans. While it doesn’t seem likely that Kim will get killed in the crossfire, the same can’t be said of Nacho. His playing both sides as a spy for both the Salamancas and for Gus Fring simply can’t end well.
It’s not pleasant to think about. But if any Better Call Saul character is going to die soon, our bets are on Nacho.
Where will Gene Takovic end up?
We already know that Jimmy McGill will become sleazeball lawyer Saul Goodman and do some very shady things over the course of his career. However, his post-Breaking Bad future is very much a mystery. Better Call Saul includes plenty of flash-forward scenes of Saul in his new identity as Omaha Cinnabon manager Gene Takovic. When Gene gets recognized, he contemplates changing his identity before ultimately deciding against it.
We know what’s going to happen to Jimmy. But fans have zero clue how Gene’s story will play out, which is exhilarating and nerve-wracking.
What will happen next? It’s anyone’s guess, but we can’t wait to find out.
Catch new episodes of Better Call Saul on Monday nights at 9 ET.