Actress Rhea Seehorn, known for her portrayal of Kim Wexler in the popular series Better Call Saul, shares her thoughts on the significance of the smoking scene featured in the Season 6 finale. This crucial moment between Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler shows their deep connection. 

Better Call Saul premiered in 2015, introducing viewers to the dynamic between Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler. The series initially portrayed Jimmy as a struggling public defender, overshadowed by the success of the law firm HHM. In a powerful display of emotion, Jimmy’s frustration finds an outlet as he kicks a trashcan, revealing his dissatisfaction with his career path.

During this vulnerable moment, Kim Wexler, a central figure in Jimmy’s life, enters the picture. Without exchanging words, they share a cigarette in the parking garage—an act that speaks volumes about their unspoken connection. Kim’s subsequent gesture of cleaning up the mess left by Jimmy’s outburst subtly signifies her support and understanding.

The Echoes of the Past: The Series Finale’s Touching Moment

Fast forward to the Better Call Saul Season 6 finale, where Jimmy – now known as Saul Goodman – finds himself sentenced to 86 years in prison, owing to his involvement with Walter White’s criminal empire. In this climactic episode, Jimmy and Kim are reunited for a final bittersweet encounter.

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Behind bars, Jimmy and Kim lean against a wall, sharing a cigarette once again. This scene beautifully echoes their first meeting, mirroring the gesture that initially united them. The silent exchange signifies their enduring connection, despite the trials and tribulations they have faced throughout the series. It serves as a moving reminder that their relationship is the beating heart of Better Call Saul.

During an interview with Gold Derby, Seehorn said, “Well, I knew Bob so much better by then, not just as a friend, but also as a scene partner. Technically there were a lot of similarities too. He and I innately trusted each other as scene partners from day one and came to set very prepared, but also thrilled to see where the other person threw the ball so that you had to alter your performance.

And that made this tether between us that reads as chemistry, which is a wonderful thing that nothing can be said the same way until you find out the way the other person will deliver their line to you or what they’re physically doing or not speaking. To know each other that much more, even by the end, there was a lot of weight in saying, “Hi, Jimmy,” as Kim. It’s her saying, I see you, and I know you see me.

I think that’s the profound connection that they always had. And she’s letting them know, I see the person you are, and I always knew you were still in there. There’s still love there; there’s pain, there’s a tragedy, it’s hello, it’s goodbye to at least a chapter of their lives. And for me, I was playing that scene on the very last day and the weight of that, of like holy, what we’ve been through Bob for the last seven years, and here we are. It was all there. It was nice to be able to draw upon it, but you have to limit it because it’s also not supposed to be Rhea just crying in there.”

Better Call Saul Smoking Scene
Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman – Better Call Saul _ Season 6, Episode 13 – Photo Credit: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

The Power of Minimalism: Showing, Not Telling

The brilliance of these smoking scenes lies in their simplicity and the emotions they evoke. Rather than relying on verbose dialogue, Better Call Saul masterfully uses non-verbal cues to convey the depth of Jimmy and Kim’s relationship. The shared cigarettes become a symbol of their unbreakable bond, a silent affirmation of their unwavering support for each other.

By focusing on subtle gestures and facial expressions, the show allows viewers to interpret the characters’ emotions and connections uniquely. This artistry and attention to detail have captivated audiences throughout the series, making Better Call Saul an exceptional storytelling experience.

A Final Farewell 

As Better Call Saul bids farewell to its viewers, the cigarette scene in the Season 6 finale summarizes the essence of the show. Jimmy and Kim’s shared moments exceed the time, reflecting the permanent nature of their connection. Their journey has been filled with turmoil, choices, and consequences, but their unwavering bond remains unshakable.

Rhea Sheehorn’s portrayal of Kim Wexler has been instrumental in bringing this complex character to life. Her chemistry with Bob Odenkirk, who portrays Jimmy McGill, has captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Together, they have crafted a love story that defies expectations—a tale of two souls intertwined in a world of law and crime.

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