Better Call Saul season 6 drops a major death as early as episode 3. That can’t be a good omen for Kim Wexler, whose fate remains uncertain.
Caution: spoilers ahead for Better Call Saul season 6, episode 3
Better Call Saul‘s major death just dealt a huge blow to Kim Wexler’s chances of survival. As Jimmy McGill begins his final case in Better Call Saul Season 6, viewers eagerly wait to discover what became of prequel characters who are absent in Breaking Bad Specifically, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) and Nacho Varga (Michael Mando). Kim is perhaps the most curious of the three. She and Jimmy are so close – professionally and personally – in Better Call Saul‘s final season, Saul Goodman doesn’t even mention her throughout the entirety of Breaking Bad seems ridiculous.
Tragically, one of those three character question marks has now faded. Nacho gives himself up to Gus Fring in Better Call Saul season 6’s “Rock & Hard Place,” striking a deal with the infamous Chicken Man. If Nacho agrees to die after pledging Gus had no involvement in Lalo Salamanca’s assassination, Nacho’s father will not be targeted. After making the deal and putting on an Oscar-worthy performance for the Salamancas, Nacho shoots himself in the head, leaving absolutely no doubt as to his fate.
Nacho’s death is shocking for a potpourri of reasons. Aside from the gut-wrenching sight of a beloved character unexpectedly taking his own life, Michael Mando’s final scene keeps teasing some kind of heroic escape. Surely the ever-resourceful Mike Ehrmantraut will find a way to save his surrogate son. When he doesn’t, and Nacho actually does die, the moment is all the more striking. Arguably the most shocking aspect of Nacho’s Better Call Saul fatality, however, isn’t what happens, but when it happens. Nacho is a main character, underneath only Jimmy, Kim and Mike in the prequel pecking order. How Nacho’s story ends was also one of Better Call Saul‘s most important unresolved questions heading into season 6. That Nacho’s death arrives in episode three of Better Call Saul‘s final season surely signals even more dramatic and shocking moments yet to come in the remaining episodes.
And that’s bad news for Kim Wexler. Bumping off Nacho in episode 3 (rather than during the last, climactic episodes) leaves a space wide open for an even bigger character death in or around the series finale. It can’t be Jimmy, Mike or Gus, while Lalo’s demise wouldn’t be a huge enough shock, since Breaking Bad effectively confirmed it already. Kim’s fate is obviously up in the air due to her skipping Breaking Badand Nacho’s parting shot happening so early could be an intentional creative decision designed to give his and Kim’s respective deaths some narrative breathing space.
If true, questions will be asked over whether killing Kim and Nacho is a wise decision on Better Call Saul‘s part. Both characters dying would certainly keep continuity with Breaking Badbut also risks ending Better Call Saul on a bleak note. Truthfully, the proof will be in the execution (pardon the pun). Nacho Varga’s Better Call Saul death resonated with his character, and had the same level of impact as Hank’s from Breaking Bad. If he played the right way, Kim Wexler could follow Nacho to the afterlife without a bitter taste in the audience leaving’s mouth.
Let’s not write Kim Wexler off just yet, however. Nacho dying so early in Better Call Saul season 6 may have nothing to do with accommodating a bigger character death in a future episode. Three episodes deep, Better Call Saul‘s last ride still has so much to cover – Lalo, Kim, the Gene timeline, etc. Nacho’s earlier-than-anticipated bow could come down to pure practicality. And even if Better Call Saul does have a more shocking death in its chamber, Kim isn’t necessarily the victim. Jimmy McGill might be safe in Better Call Saul‘s main timeline, but he could still meet a sticky end in Gene’s future. Perhaps the impending death of Jimmy himself is why Nacho draws his last breath so surprisingly ahead of schedule.
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Better Call Saul continues Monday on AMC.
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