‘Better Call Saul’: Showrunner Peter Gould Discusses the Season 5 Finale Plot Twist No One Saw Coming — ‘Is This Going to Ruin Her?’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kim Wexler and Jimmy McGill

[Spoiler Alert: Spoilers forward for Better Call Saul, Season 5, Episode 10]

Better Call Saul followers have been patiently ready for the second when Jimmy McGill absolutely turns into the smarmy, swindling, over-the-top lawyer Saul Goodman we knew from Breaking Bad. But because the season 5 finale clearly confirmed, we could have been making the fallacious assumptions about who the true antihero is.

In a transfer that shocked everybody, Kim Wexler seems to have
changed into Saul Goodman as a substitute. Showrunner Peter Gould lately broke down
the choice to take her character in that path and what it means for the
remaining season.

Kim Wexler and Jimmy McGill
Kim Wexler and Jimmy McGill on Better Call Saul | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

Fans who used to worry for Kim are all of a sudden afraid of her as a substitute

All alongside Better Call Saul followers fretted over Kim’s
destiny since she’s one among a number of predominant characters who doesn’t seem in Breaking
. Was she killed by the cartel? Disappeared into
the unknown
? No one had solutions, however every prediction appeared worse than the

Those fears got here to a head when cartel bigwig Lalo Salamanca confirmed up at Jimmy and Kim’s house in episode 9. At one level, Kim is actually standing within the line of fireside as we see via Mike’s sniper scope. Fans assumed the episode was a prelude to her inevitable loss of life.

But then, a twist. In the season finale, Kim pushes a reluctant Jimmy to lastly take down Howard Hamlin and destroy his profession. Kim has a noble objective — she needs to assist her professional bono shoppers, which she’ll have the ability to do with cash from the Sandpiper settlement — however the lengths she’s prepared to go to attain her objective are paying homage to the power-hungry Walter White. Did Kim Wexler simply have a Heisenberg second?

Peter Gould discussed the massive shift in Kim Wexler’s motivations

Looking again now, the indicators had been there all alongside. From Kim
saying she refused to rip-off her personal shoppers proper earlier than scamming them to the
small element of grabbing the tequila bottle stopper out of her desk at Schweikart
and Cokely earlier than leaving, Kim has been telling us all alongside that she’s on a
new path.

“Something seems to have changed inside Kim Wexler,” Gould told
The Hollywood Reporter
. “Her perspective on life appears to have shifted a
good methods. I believe that one thing has been clearly within the works for a protracted
time, nevertheless it surprises me once I see it, and boy does it ever shock Jimmy.”

He continues: “She doesn’t wish to be performed. She needs to
be the participant, not the performed. She needs to be the hammer, not the nail. I
assume that’s admirable in loads of methods, however the different query is in the event you’re
gonna steer your personal ship. you must take accountability for the place you’re
steering it to and also you’ve gotta hope that you simply’re not steering it proper onto the

Kim would possibly stay, however at what value?

Jimmy has been rightfully worrying about Kim’s bodily security. Now that she appears momentarily protected with Lalo coping with his actual enemies, it’s time to look nearer at different shocking risks Kim would possibly face.

“She is so smart. Is this going to ruin her?” Gould mused. “After
all, Jimmy and Kim have by no means gotten caught. Any of the issues that they’ve
performed, they’ve gotten away with loads of issues… Jimmy could be very anxious about
Kim’s bodily well-being, however I’ve to say that I’m extra anxious about her
religious well-being or her ethical well-being.”

The showrunner insists that the fabric took them on this path, and despite the fact that it felt like a “gotcha” second, it was essentially the most pure course to observe.

“In a lot of ways, Kim is the soul in question here,” Gould informed Rolling Stone. “We know, for higher or worse, who Saul Goodman gave the impression to be on Breaking Bad. But what occurs to Kim Wexler? Where is she headed? There’s loads of prospects, and loads of not-so-great prospects.”

Is Kim the brand new Heisenberg?

Kim Wexler | Warrick Page/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

And Kim is following within the footsteps of one other Breaking Bad nice. Gould defined, “As we approached the last half of this season it started feeling like — and maybe this isn’t the best phrase to use — maybe Kim Wexler breaks bad?”

Her finger weapons show it. We thought Jimmy McGill was turning
into Saul Goodman, and sure, we all know he’ll. But Kim isn’t being dragged alongside
for the journey — she’s driving the automobile.

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