Better Call Saul Gets Paid The Debate Between Kim and Jimmy

Better Call Saul has changed much about who is worse, Jimmy or Kim. “Fun & Games” from Season 6 finally end the argument.

Better Call Saul season 6 settles Wexler vs. McGill. Better Call Saul’s Jimmy McGill and Rhea Seehorn’s Kim Wexler initially had a superficial relationship. Kim was a talented, professional lawyer who revered justice. Jimmy McGill was a swindler who relied on charm, loopholes, and deception. Every character watching Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler from the outside believed that for a long time.

 

Better Call Saul season 5’s Wexler-McGill landscape began shifting, then terraformed in season 6. Kim’s criminal career began before she met Jimmy, according to flashbacks. She threatened the Kettlemans when Jimmy preferred bribery, showed grit and calmness when Lalo Salamanca invaded their apartment (the first time) and pushed to scam Howard Hamlin when Jimmy would’ve walked away. The partnership only fueled Kim’s heartlessness, and Better Call Saul quickly proved it.

Better Call Saul season 6, episode 9 (“Fun & Games”) decides who’s more despicable: Jimmy or Kim. Kim realizes after Howard Hamlin’s death that she and Jimmy bring out each other’s darkest sides. Wexler and McGill pose a threat, not “worse.” Better Call Saul shows this at Howard Hamlin’s memorial. Jimmy lies more easily while surrounded by mourners than Kim, who stays silent. Kim goes further than Jimmy by telling Howard’s widow he did cocaine when she speaks. Jimmy lies easier than Kim, a deadly combination.

Does Breaking Bad show that Kim’s theory is incorrect?

“Apart, we’re okay, but together we’re poison,” says Kim Wexler in “Breaking Up Bad.” That may be true during Better Call Saul, but once Jimmy McGill becomes Saul Goodman and Breaking Bad begins, his character becomes darker – arguably worse than Kim during the Howard Hamlin scam. Breaking Bad proves she was wrong about Jimmy. Saul Goodman poisoned Brock, suggested Walt kill many people (including Jesse and Hank) and lied to Hank about Marie’s death. Jimmy never committed any of those acts in Better Call Saul’s final season, so Kim’s claim that they’re less evil apart isn’t valid.

Better Call Saul season 6 may reveal if Kim had a similar experience. When Rhea Seehorn’s character leaves Jimmy in “Fun & Games,” does she start over? Jimmy was the problem. Or, like her ex-husband, does Kim fall back into old habits, maybe becoming worse? Better Call Saul season 6’s Gene timeline could feature a reunion if Kim were wrong about her marriage.

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