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Will ‘Better Call Saul’ Breakout Rhea Seehorn Survive the Finale? ‘Death Is Not the Only Tragic End’

Rhea See horns fiance does not know if Kim Wex ler lives. Neither do her stepchildren who recently became Better Call Saul fans and now demand similar answers about her fate. There are just six episodes left before the Breaking Bad prequel wraps up its six season run in August. How it all ends is still a closely guarded secret.See horn of course wont entertain guesses about her characters destiny. But she offers a twist Maybe the question is not whether Kim dies but what happens if she does not Death is not the only tragic end she teases.

All we know from the Breaking Bad timeline are the characters who later pop up in that show starting with Jimmy MC Gill aka Saul Goodman aka Gene Takovic. Bob Odenkirks now iconic role which began as a one note huckster lawyer on Bad evolved into a textured deeply flawed yet sympathetic lead in Better Call Saul. Its a prequel that has in many ways surpassed its originator in complex storytelling.

But whats made Saul such a compelling character also comes down to the actor cocreator Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have paired with Odenkirk See horn as the equally complicated Kim a budding lawyer who managed to escape her past as the daughter of a huckster — only to wind up being married to another.

Kim Wexler gave Rhea Seehorn the platform she needed to showcase her talent. As Saul comes to a close this is her moment to capitalize on all of the accolades and good will which Seehorn fans hope will include her first Emmy nomination.

Heres a character who was never mentioned or even alluded to on Breaking Bad and yet shes become the focus of so much love and concern Gould says. Its the greatest compliment in the world because it says that weve accomplished something that we were hoping to do which was to make a show that could stand on its own. And Rheas been an enormous part of that. I think its a tribute to her brilliance that people are this concerned about her.

Odenkirk attributes that interest to the relentless effort Seehorn has put into making Kim a threedimensional character one who can say a lot even when shes saying very little. She brought all that texture and depth seriousness and playfulness in certain moments he says. These writers write characters that add layers every time you see them. And she just dug into that and showed everybody just how great she is.

Says Patrick Fabian who plays Howard Hamlin on the show You think shes good onscreen You should be in front of her and have a frontrow seat because thats what Ive had. I would like to think that someday Id be as good as Rhea Seehorn.

Odenkirk and Fabian know how much sweat Seehorn puts into playing Kim because theyve lived through it. The three of them were roommates in Albuquerque in a house that Odenkirk bought to get away from the deariness of living alone in a hotel during production. Instead the roomies went on TV binges Netflixs Wild Wild Country and cooked for each other Fabians an amateur chef but most of all they spent hours workshopping scripts deconstructing scenes and rehearsing in the kitchen.It was theater nerd camp Seehorn says of their time together. The whole cast shares this idea that if you are given this level of writing you want to explore every possible line read there is.

Says Fabian It was like a collegeroommate situation. Wed all go to work together and spend all day together. And then wed drive home and sit in the kitchen into all hours of the night going over the days events and more importantly going over the scripts. Rhea was really great about saying Did you get the schedule change Your big scene got moved up two days you want to work She cared about the work.

When Seehorn signed on to direct this seasons fourth episode she took over the downstairs as her war room. There was paper and drawings and Postits just like Kim everywhere she says copping to the fact that she was the messiest person in the house — something Odenkirk and Fabian dont dispute. While thinking about her scenes Seehorn will paint work on embroidery finish a jigsaw puzzle or write a todo list.

I also write my lines over and over — and now I sound like a crazy person — but the script the font and the slant of how Im writing lines begin to also make me think about things in a different way she says. And I start to look at punctuation in a different way. And I leave these things everywhere in little piles unfinished.

Seehorn tackled directing the way she does acting by going above and beyond expectations. She made her interest known to us a while ago and I really didnt have a single hesitation Gould says. I knew shed do really well because shes bright and shes organized and she has incredible focus. And also shes generous and other actors love her. And so did the crew. She also went out of her way to shadow directors on other shows and spent a lot of time watch

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