Rhea Seehorn deserves an Emmy for these 8 Better Call Saul scenes
Rhea Seehorn is a big reason why Kim is a fan favorite character Better call Saul. The character is complex, multi-layered and always keeps fans guessing where his mind is at any given moment. And Seehorn manages to bring all of this to life.
Kim joins Jimmy in many of his plans, sometimes encouraging him to do them in the first place. However, he also does wonderful things for people in need through his pro bono legal work. Playing a character like this requires a versatile actor, and Seehorn pulls it off wonderfully. During the show’s six seasons, some of its scenes particularly stand out as being worthy of an Emmy. With 2022 being the last year she could win the role as the show ends with Season 6, fans are hoping many of these scenes earn Seehorn the statue she so richly deserves.
Pimento (Season 1, Episode 9)
In the first season, Kim seems quiet and reserved, a talented lawyer who knows she’s good at her job and deserves more, but never speaks up for herself. Their aspirations to become a couple one day mean that, while Jimmy doesn’t like how they’re treated, and even sometimes how they treat her, she doesn’t like it.
But in one scene in the first episode, Kim has had enough and finally confronts Howard. He defends Jimmy, proving that he is one of the bravest characters Better call Saul, after Howard took credit for the Sandpiper case that Jimmy built. Not only does Kim show her affinity for Jimmy, but she also finally speaks up for herself, in general. Seehorn captures the spirit of the young woman who, while outwardly talking about a friend, is also letting out years of frustration and resentment against her patronizing boss.
Switch (Season 2, Episode 1)
Up until this point, Seehorn has portrayed Kim as a talented lawyer who rarely strays from the script, doing her job and doing it well. But it’s clear there’s something more under the surface, and it’s in this episode that fans finally see Kim let her guard down.
Pretending to be a rich woman named Giselle, she and Jimmy con a restaurant to get an expensive bottle of tequila. Even Jimmy is surprised and impressed with the way Kim pulls off the lie, as well as her giddiness to succeed. Even though he does something horrible, the way Seehorn plays the character makes fans still love him, appreciating his loyalty to Jimmy and his intent to take down the rich and powerful, even when he’s completely manipulating someone and lying
Choice Road (Season 5, Episode 9)
During that episode when Jimmy was stuck in the desert with Mike, battling the heat and lack of water and running from enemies, Kim was worried sick. Seehorn made fans feel for her as she struggled with her emotions of not knowing where she was and if she was okay.
When she decides to visit Lalo in prison, the terror on his face is evident upon meeting this murderous criminal drug dealer. But it is also clear that Kim, one of the best characters Better call Saul, according to Reddit, will never let others see his fear. When she yells at Lalo, blaming him for Jimmy’s disappearance and insulting his ability to run a successful business, he can’t help but smile. It is at this point that Lalo realizes that Kim is the stronger of the two, and it is Seehorn’s portrayal that sells the performance. In this scene, some have compared Kim to Walter White Breaking Bad when he finally built his confidence and became more brazen in his words and actions.
Carrot And Stick (Season 6, Episode 2)
While Jimmy tries to reason with the Kettlemans, using his strategy of offering the “carrot” to get what he needs, Kim sits quietly in the background. It is suggested that she is there, along the journey, watching Jimmy do his thing.
But when it becomes clear that Jimmy’s plan isn’t working, Kim stands up and begins a long monologue with the words “enough carrot”. He then goes on to mercilessly call out the Kettlemans for the scam he discovered they were running, which he had been quietly watching and understanding for the short time they were there. She proceeds to blackmail and threaten them into doing what she wants, even calling her friend at the IRS, ready to report them before they finally give in in panic. Kim is terrifying at this point, with even Jimmy shaking in his boots at how ruthless she could be. Seehorn easily deserves an Emmy for this scene.
Fun and Games (Season 6, Episode 9)
In one of the show’s most heartbreaking scenes, Jimmy returns home to find Kim’s suitcases in the bedroom. The look on Seehorn’s face while performing this scene brought fans to tears. It was clear she loved Jimmy, but as she told him, love wasn’t enough. They weren’t good for each other and she knew if she stayed with him, they would go down a bad road together.
The most impressive thing was that in the scene in the parking lot after Kim had lied to Howard’s wife at his memorial service, it was clear on her face that she realized she couldn’t stay any longer . It’s because of Seehorn’s portrayal that fans instantly understood what was about to happen before he did. This scene is one of the most important scenes in driving Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Better call Saul: Fans felt how bad Kim felt about having to make the difficult decision to leave when she still loved him deeply.
Ax And Grind (Season 6, Episode 6)
The scene was set at the beginning of the episode with a flashback of a young Kim with her mother, Kim got into trouble for trying to steal jewelry only for it to be revealed that it was all a scam and her mother was in the plan
This provides context for the baffling decision when, en route to a lunch with Jackson Mercer Foundation board members that would almost certainly land Kim her dream job, she found herself backed out. Knowing that the grand D-Day plan she and Jimmy had been working on for so long had hit a snag, she couldn’t bear to leave it hanging. The look on her face made the inner turmoil she felt clear to viewers, both good and thrill-seeking Kim struggling for dominance.
Plan and Execution (Season 6, Episode 7)
While confronting Howard about his actions, both Kim and Jimmy seemed unaffected by Howard’s drunkenness. They just wanted him gone. But suddenly, their faces went blank, they didn’t move and looked at each other in horror.
The fans felt the terror in both eyes when they saw Lalo appear behind Howard, knowing that what was about to happen, was not going to be good. Seehorn sold the scene on its own, but together with Odenkirk, it was one of the most believable and heartbreaking scenes of the entire show. In fact, it is also one of the scenes Better call Saul this proves that Bob Odenkirk also deserves an Emmy.
Point and Shoot (Season 6, Episode 8)
After the aforementioned scene, the next episode opens with Jimmy and Kim still shaking in horror, now teary-eyed and shocked at the sight of a dead Howard lying on the kitchen floor. The tension is palpable between Lalo, Jimmy and Kim. But when Lalo tells Jimmy to take a gun and his car and go kill Gus, Jimmy suggests that Kim would be the best person to do it. His desperate pleas to both Jimmy and Lalo at this point had fans pleading with him.
As he calmly drives to the given address, sweating and terrified, Seehorn’s performance makes fans feel his internal struggle: will he do this heinous act and live with the consequences, or will he refuse and risk Jimmy’s life , not to mention yours? Kim raised his gun at the door, ready to fire, fans were worried that he could actually walk through it, and Seehorn really captured how the character would feel in that moment, making it so believable in the screen.
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