When it comes to TV characters who have their shit together and then some, Better Call Saul's Kim Wexler is the one who organizes the weekly meetings. Actress Rhea Seehorn is one of the best things about the Breaking Bad spinoff, to the point where one wishes Breaking Bad could get retconned for her inclusion. The fact that she's not around during Walter White's rise to anti-glory is something that troubles many fans.
Unfortunately, Rhea Seehorn is in the same boat as a lot of Better Call Saul's fandom when it comes to worrying about Kim's future. She apparently handles each script-reading in the same way, where she flips through to make sure her character doesn't die. And she even admitted to sometimes looking at posts and stories from co-creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan, in an effort to seek out hints about Kim's future.
Sometimes you find out things from Twitter, where I'm like, "Oh, really?" Or, I hear there's a lot of info on Reddit. With Peter and Vince, you never know what they're going to say that's going to elicit that squirrelly brain of yours that's like, "Oh, he's going to kill me."
At this point in Better Call Saul's run, with Bob Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill last seen putting one foot firmly in his Saul Goodman persona, the only characters who are truly safe from death are the ones that fans know have a placement in Breaking Bad's narrative. Otherwise, the risk of a major death is always hovering over every scene, especially at times when Jimmy and Kim aren't fully on the same page in their professional and romantic relationships.
As Rhea Seehorn depressingly put it to The L.A. Times, though, the concept of death isn't even necessarily the rock bottom of Kim's storyline, which I don't even want to wrap my head around. Here's how she put it:
There are ends to Kim's story that at this point would be worse than death. Some of those would be quite tragic. There are stories I could envision where she stayed with Jimmy and became something that's tragic.
To Rhea Seehorn's point, as sad as it would be to experience Kim's death in Season 5 or beyond, it would probably be far more troublesome to watch her stick with Jimmy until the point when her moral fortitude devolved and shrunk to the size of a thumbtack. It was a blast to watch Saul Goodman in action before we knew who Jimmy was, but it would be equally damaging to watch Kim pulling off Jimmy's ambiguous-at-best moves after seeing her crush things from the protagonist side.
Because at what point would that slipperly slope be too much for Kim to walk down? After Jimmy sets her up to kill someone, maybe? Or after she gets caught and has to go to jail for something that Jimmy is guilty of? Just thinking about this stuff makes me inherently mad at Jimmy.
Rhea Seehorn reflected on where the blame truly lies in Jimmy and Kim's relationship, and who is more responsible for where the characters are now. In her words:
Would Jimmy have become Saul if he never met Kim? Would Kim's trajectory be the same, different, or how would it be different if she never met Jimmy? They're good questions that I think are quite philosophical and interesting to think about.
Personally, it seems like Jimmy's descent into Saul was going to happen with or without Kim's presence. After all, Kim was the only thing about HHM that Jimmy liked, having been screwed over by his brother Chuck and Howard. So if anything, she probably delayed his transition and saved Jimmy and the world some trouble. So for that, we should commend her.
At this point, Better Call Saul Season 5 is just getting into the production process, so it'll probably be a short while before all of the actors have a good idea of where this season is heading. Hopefully that's when everyone starts coughing up spoilers about what'll happen to Kim.