WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the series finale of “Better Call Saul.”
“Better Call Saul” ended its six-season odyssey with Jimmy/Saul/Gene (Bob Odenkirk) sentenced to 86 years in federal prison, where he emotionally bid farewell to ex-wife Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) — but not before he died. acquitted her, in a final colorful courtroom, of any wrongdoing in covering up Howard Hamlin’s execution-style death several years earlier.
“I saw the [finale] Monday night for the first time,” Seehorn told The Post on Tuesday. “I watched it with a few people from the show and loved ones and key partners and it was very moving.”
Monday night’s finale, “Saul Gone,” featured scenes from all three timelines in the “Better Call Saul” universe and featured surprising performances from Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt) – the widow of “Breaking Bad” DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) – and, in a flashback, Chuck McGill (Michael McKean), Jimmy’s brilliant but also troubled older brother who committed suicide in the season finale of “Better Call Saul”. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) also appeared in a flashback of Breaking Bad.
The episode focused mainly on Saul’s broken relationship with Kim, who now lives a dull, dull life in central Florida, designing brochures for a sprinkler company and wearing shorter (and dark) hair. In the penultimate episode of the series, she flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to confess to Howard’s wife that his “suicide” was anything but, and to make a full statement to the police about her past life with Saul – including their involvement in the cartel kingpin Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton), eventually murdered by Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito).
In “Saul Gone,” Kim returned to Albuquerque for Saul’s sentencing… and in their final scene, they shared a cigarette – remembering their salad days. (It was also the last scene Seehorn and Odenkirk filmed together.)
“Of course, the weight of the end of the show was a hard goodbye for me personally, and I will definitely watch [the finale] again,” said Seehorn. “I could see it as a fan of storytelling and as a fan of the show beyond being in it.”
Seehorn, who was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress, applauded series co-creator Peter Gould, who “has done such an amazing job of finding a way to hold onto the intelligence of this series and of our audience. “
“It’s a very dark ending, but it has light — and there’s some hope, love, redemption and salvation,” she added.
While “Better Call Saul” — and presumably future dives into the “Breaking Bad” universe — have ended, Seehorn said she believes Kim and Saul’s relationship will continue despite his lifelong incarceration.
“Peter wanted to write an ending that inspired people to continue the story in their heads and I think he did,” she said. “There are multiple interpretations of what happens the next day and next year and [for] the rest of their lives. Personally I am a hopeless romantic and I think [Kim] continues to see and visit him very much and that little by little she is going back to the law.”
She also said she was happy with how Kim developed in the last few episodes of the series after moving to Florida following Hamlin’s death.
“I have a feeling she tried to disappear at first – not to hide from the law, but to be a shadow of a person and thought she was doing penance by removing herself from any kind of passion,” he said. they. “She lived a muted life — there’s nothing wrong with that — but she couldn’t even trust herself to pick ice cream for someone’s birthday party.”
“We see the tragedy of it because we know what she could have been – she was normally a lively and passionate person – and I think she decided she can actually be active in atoning for her actions … partly on a dare from Jimmy, but also when she realized he was right she could do more than live under a rock, so she’s going to do penance and make peace.”
Seehorn also reflected on Gould’s choice of her character Kim, in the midst of her redemption attempt, to hide one truth.
“The only lie she still tells at the end of the day is ‘if in fact Saul Goodman is still alive’ – she never gives up on him or lets the FBI tap her phone,” the actress said. “I thought that was telling – it’s the one line she won’t cross, insofar as she just can’t bear to be the person who’s going to seal her fate. That’s up to him.”
As for Saul’s fate to spend his life behind bars, Seehorn finds it bittersweet for Kim.
“I don’t think she’s happy he’s been in prison for so many years, but she’s glad he had the chance to save his soul and that he chose to do so,” she said. And she chose that herself…. but I think she is ready to face all music… to give herself a chance to live an authentic life again.”