‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6: Rhea Seehorn on Directing Her First Scene With Jonathan Banks — ‘I Was Thrilled’
Rhea Seehorn has been in the spotlight of Better Call Saul for her portrayal of Kim Wexler since the beginning. In season 6, episode 4 the actor directed her first episode of the Breaking Bad spinoff. This episode was also the first time Kim and Mike Ehrmantraut had a scene together. Seehorn discusses directing herself and this momentous scene in Better Call Saul Season 6.
Mike and Kim sit down for a conversation in ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 6
In Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 4, Jimmy and Kim continue their vendetta against Howard Hamlin. At the same time, Kim fears that she is being followed. Eventually, she confronts the two men in the car that she keeps seeing everywhere she goes. Later, Mike finds Kim at the El Camino diner. He informs her that he was the one who hired the men to follow her.
Mike reveals Lalo Salamanca isn’t dead, which is why his men are keeping an eye on Jimmy and Kim. Although Mike tells Kim they likely won’t hear from Lalo, this news certainly makes her nervous. Kim asks why Mike is telling her this news and not Jimmy. “Because I think you’re made of sterner stuff,” Mike replies. Before he leaves, Kim recognizes Mike from when he worked at the parking booth at the courthouse.
Rhea Seehorn directed the episode ‘Hit and Run’
Rhea Seehorn made her directorial debut for Better Call Saul with season 6 episode 4. The episode featured her character Kim Wexler pretty heavily. Not only was Seehorn tasked with directing herself, but she was also orchestrating the first conversation between Kim and Mike.
“I was thrilled to get to do that,” Seehorn told The Hollywood Reporter. “Jonathan and I are friends and have long wanted a scene together and have prodded the writers and lobbied because we love each other’s company but also because we respect the character that the other has made.”
Since both characters are relatively taciturn, Seehorn thought it would be pretty interesting to have these two in a room together. “We used to joke like, ‘I just don’t know who would talk first.’ If you just had them sitting at a bar, you might be waiting a really long time for either one of them to speak,” the actor told THR.
While Kim does keep her composure in the scene, Mike delivers some pretty startling news. “This beautiful scene came about where Mike has to act more casual and less scary and less intimidating in order to get Kim to sit down with him, and he knows that. And Kim’s totally on guard and trying to hide the crumbling that’s happening in her when he delivers the information he gives her,” Seehorn said.
Will Lalo go after Jimmy and Kim?
While this scene in Better Call Saul Season 6 was the first real conversation between Kim and Mike, it’s not the first time they’ve seen each other. “When he exits, he has this small, beautiful moment of saying. ‘Yeah, I was’ when she says ‘You used to be the parking booth attendant?'” Seehorn said to THR.
“I told him from the get-go, I said, ‘Jonathan, we’re gonna be here long hours, because I want to honor this scene and I want you to go out into a blazing, blinding doorway of sunlight and just be backlit like the icon you are!’ And he was game. He was totally game.”
Now that Kim knows the truth about Lalo, some paranoia might start to set in, despite Mike reassuring her that Lalo likely won’t come after her and Jimmy. The promo for season 6 episode 5 shows Jimmy telling Kim, “Thank god he’s dead.” It also shows someone who looks like Kim wedging a chair under a door to keep it shut.
New episodes of Better Call Saul air Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.