A lot of fans rejoiced when they saw Kim Wexler return in this week’s episode of Better Call Saul, but it was kind of bittersweet, seeing as we had to watch Kim’s life after Jimmy—which has become painfully mundane compared to her lifestyle for most of the show.
As it turns out, this was supposedly Kim’s fate ‘worse-than-death’, and director Vince Gilligan talks about why we find Kim working for a sprinkler company. He tells AMC that this is more of a self-imposed penance on Kim, who has decided to stop making decisions for herself. He explains:
“I think she still feels terrible about Howard Hamlin’s death and her share of responsibility for it, and I think she’s living this weird life where throughout the episode she refuses to make a decision. Even when it comes down to what do you like better, chocolate or strawberry ice cream, she will not commit. She will not make a decision because some of her previous decisions when she was full of spit and vinegar led to the death of an innocent man and led to a lot of people suffering.”
Though it seems that Kim had been living this life for years, the episode sees her acting after her exchange with Jimmy, and she comes forward to Howard Hamlin’s widow with a confession about how he died and how she and Jimmy schemed to ruin his reputation.
With one final episode left, a lot of people are expecting there to be some kind of trial with Saul finally caught, but I think we should expect a proper reunion between the show’s most toxic (yet magnetic) couple.
Catch Better Call Saul’s finale when it comes to AMC next Monday.