‘Better Call Saul’: Fans Have a New Theory About Kim Wexler’s Fate Based on Her Old Show, ‘Franklin & Bash’
Fans have been worrying about Kim Wexler’s fate ever since her first appearance on the Breaking Bad spinoff prequel, Better Call Saul. Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould admitted that they never expected her to become such a beloved character on the show. Yet here we are.
The Kim-sized hole in Breaking Bad has fans terrified that the character will meet a tragic end. However, the events of Better Call Saul Season 5 have led to a few new theories, including the concept of Kim pulling off an epic scheme that would pale in comparison to the ones Jimmy McGill orchestrated. If that happens, there’s a chance that Kim is just far, far away by the time Walt and Jesse step onto the scene.
Now enterprising fans have taken these theories one step further and come up with a crazy connection that Better Call Saul producers may not realize.
Rhea Seehorn also played a lawyer on ‘Franklin & Bash’
Before charming the world as Kim Wexler on Better Call Saul, Rhea Seehorn practiced her legalese while guest-starring on the TNT legal dramedy Franklin & Bash in 2011. She wasn’t a main character on the show, but she did spend 11 episodes portraying Ellen Swatello, an assistant DA who signs on with Franklin and Bash at their law firm.
The connection may not be a coincidence, fans say. Kim Wexler clearly has the legal expertise, plus the timelines would match up. Better Call Saul is set in the ‘00s while Franklin & Bash occurred in 2011.
If Kim Wexler does pull off a huge scam in Albuquerque and then leaves Jimmy, it would make perfect sense for her to change her name but keep her law career in Los Angeles. Stranger things have happened.
Seehorn called the fan theory ‘hysterical’
Showrunners have gone to great lengths to connect Better Call Saul to the original effort, Breaking Bad, but they’ve not said a word about making Kim’s character mesh with her role as an unrelated series on a different network.
The 48-year-old actor reacted positively to the fan theory, though. “I love Franklin & Bash! I love that show,” Seehorn said, according to Collider. “I was not aware of that [fan theory]. That’s hysterical.”
What will happen to Kim Wexler on ‘Better Call Saul’?
Whether Kim ends up in LA or not is beside the point. Fans are eager to see what exactly happens between Kim and Jimmy, who are married and won’t be getting divorced, before the series ends after the sixth season.
The season 5 finale of Better Call Saul showed a whole new side of Kim when she reveals her intention to go after Howard Hamlin. But Jimmy warns her that destroying her former employer’s career will be a point of no return. In response, Kim flippantly points finger guns at her husband, echoing his exact move in the season 4 finale.
It’s looking more and more like Kim will survive the series, which will be a relief for the fans who love her character. They’d much rather picture Kim becoming Ellen Swatello than they would see her become yet another victim of Lalo Salamanca.