Kim and Jesse scene’s purpose in Better Call Saul as fans react
When Better Call Saul was announced, Breaking Bad fans swiftly began to contemplate the potential for cameos.
As a prequel and spin-off to the acclaimed series, there was the potential to bring anybody back, whether dead or alive at the end of Breaking Bad. However, it’s worth addressing the fact fans couldn’t have predicted just how little they would need the cameos.
Not only have some argued Better Call Saul is equal to its predecessor, some believe it’s even better.
Alas, all good things must come to an end and the sixth and final season is fast approaching its conclusion.
But not without the most satisfying cameo you never knew you needed. Of course, we’re talking about Better Call Saul’s unexpected Kim and Jesse scene…
***WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 6 EPISODE 12 AHEAD***
Kim and Jesse scene’s purpose in Better Call Saul
Kim is at the offices of Saul Goodman so he can sign divorce papers and he’s incredibly distanced and detached from her.
Instead of being sincere he largely brushes her off and tells her to “have a nice life” before she leaves. Outside in the dark, she lights a cigarette and none other than Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul reprising the iconic role) asks if he can have one.
They share a cigarette and Jesse reminds us of how he was in the early seasons of Breaking Bad. “It’s crazy,” he says of the weather. “Like bananas, all this rain. I thought we were, like, in a desert, you know?”
More importantly, he explains he recognises Kim because she got his friend Combo off; yet another Breaking Bad callback. He says his friend was convinced to go to Saul for legal representation because of the ads but he is a little more sceptical, asking Kim whether Saul is actually any good.
“When I knew him, he was,” she replies before running off into the rain.
The moment is hinted at as Kim and Saul’s final encounter and her answer possesses a double meaning. Not only is she saying he was a good lawyer when she knew him but she’s suggesting he was simply a good man when they were acquainted.
Her concise reply confirms she no longer recognises Jimmy in Saul Goodman and the phone call that takes place after this exchange between Kim and Jesse serves to reinforce Jimmy is no longer inside Gene.
Indeed, the character is increasingly becoming somebody who the audience can’t recognise any more. Kim has said goodbye to Jimmy and, after the events of Waterworks, it’s time for us to bid farewell too.
Not only that but it can also be interpreted that Kim was actually the one who convinced Jesse to seek Saul’s services during the events of Breaking Bad. “Good when I knew him” is still a seal of approval as Jesse wouldn’t have been wise to the meaning behind her choice of words.
‘Two worlds collide’
Although the scene has a clear purpose when it comes to Kim saying goodbye to the man she once knew in her own mind, Vince Gilligan admits during a conversation with Variety:
“I don’t know how necessary it is as a scene in terms of plot. I don’t know that it really moves the plot forward any. But it was too delightful to miss. I don’t recall whose idea it was initially, but it made everybody smile. The idea of seeing these two worlds collide, seeing these two characters together.”
He added: “It was just a wonderful thing. And we realized, ‘We’ve got to do this. We don’t have to do this but we have to do this.’ That’s what it felt like.”
Fans can’t get over it
A number of fans have wasted no time sharing their reactions to the sequence on Twitter.
Check out a selection of tweets:
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