The Cork In The 'Better Call Saul' Season 6 Premiere Teases Kim's Whereabouts In 'Breaking Bad'

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The Cork In The 'Better Call Saul' Season 6 Premiere Teases Kim's Whereabouts In 'Breaking Bad'

If you've ever wanted to see the inside of Saul Goodman's home, the Better Call Saul Season 6 premiere gave viewers Lifestyles of Albuquerque's Rich and Infamous. Spoilers ahead. As Saul's belongings got packed up and cataloged by the authorities, a cork fell in the Better Call Saul Season 6 premiere. The decorative trinket is the signature top of Zafiro Añejo — the Breaking Bad universe's most expensive tequila. There's lots of Easter eggs in the Better Call Saul Season 6 opener (which traded in Cinnabon manager Gene Takavic for Saul Goodman), like bingo balls and Saul's prescription for Numilifor. But the focus on the cork in the final season is directly tied to the fate of Kim Wexler.

In Breaking Bad, Zafiro Añejo was the tequila that Gus used to poison the cartel with at Don Eladio's. But years before Gus Fring's memorable pool party, Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler enjoyed a bottle in the Better Call Saul Season 2 premiere, "Switch." As Viktor with a K and Giselle Saint Claire, they conned stockbroker Ken into buying them the $50 shots and were given the bottle top as a keepsake. It marked Kim's first foray into the con scene with Jimmy — and the first time the couple slept together. The next morning, Jimmy has Kim keep the cork and tells her, "That's a keeper."

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Zafiro Añejo has made quite a number of appearances in Better Call Saul since then. Jimmy bought a bottle for him and Kim when he made poor Irene settle the Sandpiper case in Season 3's "Fall." Kim's too distracted with her client Gatwood Oil to celebrate with him and he takes a shot with Francesca. But after Chuck dies, Kim reintroduces the bottle and the pair of them finish it in the Season 4 premiere, "Smoke."

Kim's cork from "Switch" is still floating around since in Season 4's "Coushatta," she looks at it fondly at her desk at Schweikart & Cokely following the con of getting Huell out of jail. And when she quits the law firm in Season 5's "Bad Choice Road," the only belonging she makes sure to grab from her desk is the cork.

The cork for Kim represents her descent into her own "breaking bad" — a person who in the Season 5 finale seemed hellbent on ruining her old mentor, Howard Hamlin. But what's the cork in Saul Goodman's house? Is that the cork from the bottle he and Kim finished after Chuck died... or could it be Kim's cork?

Where Kim is in the Breaking Bad timeline is something that viewers will probably have to wait to discover until the very end of Better Call Saul. And Saul's house didn't seem like it had any woman's touch (minus the pink thong in the tub), let alone the touch of our tight ponytailed queen Kim Wexler. But is it impossible that Kim could still be in Jimmy's life and that Saul's outrageously gaudy house (Donald Trump would surely approve) is all part of the fake persona he's built up?

Most likely, that's Jimmy's cork from his Sandpiper bottle and it's this one token Saul kept that makes him think of his former wife. But you can't rule out that it could be Kim's cork — whether she was still living with Saul or if she's dead. So though it's not much, it's the first hint of Kim's presence in the Breaking Bad timeline. And it's rather fitting that just like Saul and Kim's relationship, the cork is inevitably going to be destroyed when the U-Haul runs it over.

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