‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk Talks Kim Wexler Fate: ‘I Don’t Think She Dies’
One of the best (and also possibly one of the worst) things about Better Call Saul ending is that we’ll finally get to know what happens to Kim Wexler. Viewers have been a ball of nerves since the beginning of the show, fearing she’ll die due to her absence in Breaking Bad. But not everyone sees that outcome. Bob Odenkirk (Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman) even counts himself among those who think Kim Wexler will survive.
Bob Odenkirk’s thoughts about Kim Wexler differ from most
Odenkirk was interviewing with The Guardian when he was asked about the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul, which is now filming in New Mexico. He mentioned that he doesn’t know what exactly happens as he likes “being surprised just like a viewer of the story.” But he does have theories, including about Kim Wexler’s fate.
“I don’t think she dies,” he said. “I think she’s in Albuquerque, and she’s still practicing law. He’s still crossing paths with her. To me, that would fuel his desire to be on billboards everywhere, because he wants her to see him.”
Odenkirk also told The Hollywood Reporter in a past interview that just because a character isn’t in Breaking Bad, it doesn’t mean that death is coming to them. “It’s probably easy to think that Kim dies, or that anyone who’s not visible passes away. But there’s still a lot of people who die on these shows; the stakes are high. But I’m with you in that anything could be the case,” he added.
Kim Wexler, however, is taking a ‘dark’ turn
One thing’s for sure, Kim is definitely going down the wrong path. Initially, she was a good lawyer with strong morals and ethics. But as the show has progressed, particularly in the fifth season of Better Call Saul, she’s adopted behaviors that worry even Saul, from scheming against Howard Hamlin to that whole finger gun thing.
“Do you see a very dark side of her there? Yes, you do,” actor Rhea Seehorn (Kim Wexler) said during a virtual screening of the season 5 finale (via Deadline). “He brought Saul Goodman into our relationship she’s bringing in this other person. There’s this self-righteous martyrdom going on.”
Whether she lives or dies remains to be seen. But Odenkirk has teased that she’ll do something “big” that will push Jimmy fully into his Saul persona.
“He’s pretty much close to there, I’d say. But something big still has to happen to trip him over into, I think, full Saul mode,” he told The Wrap. “I imagine it has a lot to do with Kim Wexler.”
He also said that the ending may change viewer perception of Breaking Bad, the original series that showcased the later years of Saul Goodman before his eventual transformation to Cinnabon manager Gene Takovic.
“I’ve been told by [co-creator] Peter Gould that when Better Call Saul wraps up, everyone will see Breaking Bad in a different light,” he explained to THR. “I don’t know what that means. I don’t have any specifics beyond that, except that he knows what happens throughout this whole season of Saul and I don’t. But I think there are more amazing things to come that will comment on or inform the actual incidents of Breaking Bad in a surprising way.”
No release date for Better Call Saul Season 6 has been shared, but it’s coming some time in 2022.