[Spoiler Alert: Spoilers ahead for Better Call Saul, Season 5 Episode 10]
Though the season 5 finale of Better Call Saul is getting mixed reviews from fans, it did brilliantly set up what’s going to happen in the final season of the series.
No one was prepared to see the dark side of Kim Wexler even though the writers have been hinting at it all along. But now with her plan in place to disgrace Howard Hamlin, it’s likely we’ll see Kim fully lose her moral compass and bring Jimmy down with her.
Kim has always been a complicated character and fans love her for it. But after scamming Howard, will Kim Wexler become reviled like the Mad Queen Daenerys Targaryen was in Game of Thrones?
Kim isn’t as innocent as she seems
Kim may have been a moral role model for Jimmy, reigning him in when needed, but she wasn’t above pulling a harmless con here and there.
For example, she pretended to be Giselle and scammed an internet entrepreneur out of $10,000. She and Jimmy also pull a con that involved leaking bags of breastmilk on blueprints to allow Mesa Verde to submit new ones. It wasn’t exactly ethical, but no one got hurt. Technically.
The plot against Howard Hamlin takes Kim and Jimmy’s scamming to the next level
This plot against Howard involves planting evidence of serious crimes such as misappropriation of funds, which would ruin HHM and Howard’s entire career. This time, it’s personal. “Kim, doing this, it’s not you,” Jimmy says in response to her plan. “You would not be OK with it, not in the cold light of day.”
But Kim just smiles, saying, “Wouldn’t I?” before doing the finger gun move no one can stop talking about. The moment is being compared to Daenerys getting ready to torch a city of innocent people as revenge in Game of Thrones.
There are surprising similarities between Kim Wexler and Daenerys Targaryen
Fans are uncomfortable with the change in course and how after this, there’s no going back for Kim. While everyone was waiting for Jimmy McGill to transform in the sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, no one realized that Kim could become a catalyst for the change, not just another victim. But the signs have been there all along.
It’s similar to how fans reacted when Daenerys went rogue. It only seemed like it came out of left field — in reality, the signs were there, from the Dragon Queen losing most of her trusted associates to her feeling betrayed and mistrusted by the people meant to serve her. She felt that her last tactic left was ruling by fear.
Is Kim Wexler the new Mad Queen?
Similarly, Kim has been hinting all along that she believes in an “ends justify the means” approach to law and does not feel sorry for rich corporate bigwigs at all. She felt morally justified scamming Mesa Verde to help Everett Acker. She thought nothing of scamming a rich entrepreneur out of thousands.
Is it really that surprising that she’s willing to lie to take down the privileged millionaire Howard, who she already despises, to help her pro bono clients?
Kim’s fans may be hating this path for her and it’s still very unclear why she disappears before Jimmy becomes acquainted with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. But based on the clues we’ve been given all along, it’s actually not surprising that we’re finally seeing Mad Queen Kim let her true colors show.