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In Wexler Watch, we assess the state of Kim Wexler following every of the remaining episodes of Better Call Saul.
It lastly occurred. In this week’s episode of Better Call Saul, “Fun and Games,” Kim Wexler broke things off with Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman. As a consequence, the newest answer to the ongoing question “How is Kim Wexler doing?” is: terribly. The demise of Howard and the extra aggressive intrusion of the Salamanca cartel into the life she shares with Jimmy has shaken her to her foundations and hair follicles. Though she’s at a low level emotionally, her capability for decision-making is stable. Leaving Jimmy is the right factor to do, even when the penalties are terribly unhappy — for the characters in addition to these of us watching.
Early in the episode, Jimmy, referring to the trauma of Howard’s demise and the encounter with Lalo, tells Kim: “One day we’ll wake up and we won’t have thought about it at all. And that’s when we’ll know we can forget.” But Kim is aware of this is not true. She’s by no means going to neglect that their scheme to mess with Howard led to his demise, tarnished his status, and, in a way, destroyed Hamlin, Hamlin and McGill. As Kim and Jimmy study at the memorial service for Howard held at HHM headquarters, the agency is altering its title and downsizing. Howard, his father George, and Jimmy’s brother, Cliff McGill, will not have their title on the business they established. Their legacy has been eradicated.
The breakdown of the Kim/Jimmy relationship is foreshadowed in “Fun and Games” in a second that additionally capabilities as a callback to the Better Call Saul pilot. When Kim and Jimmy arrive at HHM for the memorial, they head to the elevator via the parking storage, the similar place the two characters appeared of their first scene collectively in the sequence. “They got a new trash can,” Jimmy notes.
In the pilot, earlier than sharing a smoke with Kim in the storage, Jimmy kicks the hell out of the previous can to precise his frustration with Howard. “Couldn’t you just — ?” he then asks Kim between puffs, implying he needs her to place in phrase for him with Howard. “You know I can’t,” she replies earlier than re-entering the elevator vestibule and choosing up the trash can he knocked over.
In 2020, Rhea Seehorn stated this transient scene advised her rather a lot about Kim. “She immediately has boundaries about work,” Seehorn defined, “and I never forgot that.” Her boundaries, notably, included refusing to let her relationship with Jimmy have an effect on her skilled conduct. She slowly allowed it to dissolve over six seasons, and in “Fun and Games,” she establishes a brand new boundary. She is aware of she will’t live with the Howard/Lalo baggage, pretending every little thing is regular. Before she dumps Jimmy, she resigns from the New Mexico Bar Association. Her causes for abandoning her career as an lawyer aren’t specific, although they’re alluded to in a separate storyline when Mike meets with Nacho’s dad. “You gangsters and your justice,” says Nacho’s father after studying his son has died. “You’re all the same.” Kim appears to have reached the similar conclusion about herself: she is each a seeker of justice and a gangster. Those two things can’t co-exist.
“We are bad for each other,” she tells Jimmy in her last scene in the episode, earlier than retreating to the bed room to complete packing. Then she says one thing seemingly unimaginable to return back from: “I love you, too. But so what?”
All alongside, we thought Better Call Saul was an origin story about how Jimmy McGill become Saul Goodman. The last sequence of this episode, wherein we see Saul living in his tacky mansion with out Kim, having forgotten Howard identical to he stated he would, means that transition is full. But Better Call Saul is additionally an origin story about who Kim Wexler turns into subsequent. Even if she retains her title, she’s not the similar individual anymore.
Is Kim Wexler alive after this episode?
Physically, sure. Metaphorically, the Kim Wexler we as soon as knew is lifeless.
Is Kim nonetheless with Jimmy/Saul?
It’s over. And I don’t suppose they’re simply “on a break.” These variations look irreconcilable.
Okay, however how is Kim Wexler doing?
As beforehand famous, terribly.
And how is Kim Wexler’s ponytail, the barometer of her emotional state?
Instead of its normal excessive position, Kim wears a low pony reflective of her temper. But it appears impeccable. Unlike in final week’s episode, not a hair on Kim’s head is misplaced when she goes to work, which suggests she may maintain taking part in the function of decided, hard-working lawyer if she needed to. But she doesn’t. Her thoughts is made up about what to do subsequent, which is why her ponytail nonetheless appears nice throughout the emotional break-up scene. Her convictions are as tight as that blonde ringlet.