The wonderful Rhea Seehorn still has yet to receive her first Emmy nomination for playing the brilliant Kim Wexler on Better Call Saul, and seeing the actress getting snubbed once again after the show's best season yet has left many fans of the AMC series feeling completely shocked. Since the first season of the Breaking Bad spin-off, Seehorn has Seehorn has shined as the fan favorite character, and five seasons in, it's pretty clear to the fans that the critically-acclaimed series just simply would not have been quite as great without the woman Saul Goodman knows as the "world's best lawyer."
Over the years, Better Call Saul has managed to rack up several Emmy nominations across several categories, but the popular series just can't seem to pick up an overdue win. With a total of 23 nominations all coming up short since the series began its run in 2015, patient fans have been hoping to see the show finally get an Emmy after a riveting fifth season featuring some particularly strong performances. Many fans have been rooting for Seehorn in particular to get the honor this time, considering her work in season 5 to be the standout performance of the season. Having all of this in mind makes the sting feel so much more painful for fans to see Rhea Seehorn absent from the nominations, along with most other actors from the show.
The one Better Call Saul star to get an Emmy nomination this year is Giancarlo Esposito, who's up for a Best Supporting Actor award for playing Los Pollos Hermanos manager (and secret drug lord) Gustavo Fring. This is Esposito's third nomination for the same role, as he'd previously been nominated for playing Gus on both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul in the past. Of course, this also means that Bob Odenkirk is oddly absent from the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, and anyone who's seen the season 5 episode "Bagman" should also find that snub to be rather surprising as well.
Fortunately, Better Call Saul did manage to snag a few other Emmy nominations in addition to Esposito's Best Supporting Actor nod. The big one here is that the show is still up for Outstanding Drama series, facing off with other popular shows like The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, Killing Eve, The Mandalorian, Ozark, Stranger Things, and Succession. The series is also in the running for Outstanding Short Form Comedy for its "Employee Training: Legal Ethics with Kim Wexler" videos, as well as audio awards for the popular episode, "Bagman," and an Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series award for the episodes, "Bad Choice Road" and "Bagman."
The light at the end of the tunnel here for Better Call Saul fans who especially love Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler is that there's still one more season of the Breaking Bad prequel series to go. Scheduled to be released in 2021, the upcoming sixth season will provide closure to the series by revealing what ultimately happens to Seehorn's character -- something not touched upon in the parent series. After seeing the way she stood up to Tony Dalton's Lalo Salamanca in season 5, it practically feels criminal to leave Seehorn out of the running at this year's Emmys, but there's still going to be another opportunity to rectify this mistake. You can take a look at some of the fan reactions to Seehorn's Emmy snub below.