As the penultimate season of “Better Call Saul” gets ready to begin, the show’s creators preview a “tragic” conclusion to the “Breaking Bad” prequel…
One of the biggest questions that has surrounded “Better Call Saul” ever since the series started is what happened to Kim Wexler?
The attorney girlfriend of Jimmy McGill has been a prominent character on “Better Call Saul” since the beginning but avid viewers know that she never appears nor much less mentioned in “Breaking Bad.” That seems like an ominous harbinger for the future at least when it concerns Jimmy and Kim’s relationship as season 5 is about to begin on February 23.
“This is a love story in a lot of ways,” series co-creator Peter Gould said when looking ahead at “Better Call Saul” season 5. “This is a story of two people who love each other but there’s also a darkness to it.
“We all know he becomes Saul Goodman and we’ve got to wonder where Kim is on “Breaking Bad.”
The end of “Better Call Saul” season 4 saw Jimmy finally finish his transformation into Saul Goodman after his law license was reinstated and he decided for a fresh start with a new name. Following the tragic death of his brother Chuck in the previous season, Jimmy has been tirelessly working to move behind his past, which coincided with the name change.
Kim was stunned when Jimmy told her his decision and it appears from the first look at “Better Call Saul” season 5 that the fissure between them will only grow wider with each passing episode.
While the entire show has been leading to the moment when Jimmy became Saul Goodman, that also means some of the most memorable characters from this series won’t be around much longer because many of them never appeared in “Breaking Bad.”
“In some ways I love Saul Goodman’s energy, he’s devilish, I can’t take my eyes off him but there’s something tragic about it,” Gould said about the character.
“With every passing season, “Better Call Saul” gets closer and closer to “Breaking Bad” and I love seeing that,” series co-creator Vince Gilligan added.
Elsewhere this season another character never seen in “Breaking Bad” get stuck between a rock and a hard place as Nacho Vera discovers the difficulties dealing with Lalo Salamanca as well as Gus Fring breathing down his neck. Gus will obviously be making moves behind the scenes as well, especially now that Mike Ehrmantraut has settled into his role as the drug kingpin’s primary enforcer.
“Mike is now a hired gun,” actor Jonathan Banks said about his character in season 5. “You’re going to see more and more of it as the season goes on.”
Check out the rest of the preview video to see what’s happening on “Better Call Saul” in season 5 and stay tuned for our weekly recaps as we take a deep dive into the series as the penultimate season begins soon!