What is Kevin Sussman doing now? Being a victim of “better call Saul”

*Warning: This contains spoilers for You better call Saul Season 6, Episode 11 “Breaking Bad”*


You better call Saul has always felt like an open world where even the most seemingly unimportant characters can step in and lightly rework the fabric of the show’s complex story. For example, a taxi driver named Jeff appears as a silent creep that scares Gene Takovic (Bob Odenkirk) in the Season 4 premiere episode “Smoke” disappears from the screen and from our minds for the rest of the season. He then reappears in the Season 5 premiere “Magic Man” as a conniving con man seeking to blackmail Gene by threatening to expose his true identity as Saul Goodman. Now the character originally embodied by The city belongs to usby Don Harvey before being replaced in season 6 by Post 19it is Pat Healy influenced more in recent episodes “Nitty” and “Breaking Bad” than central characters like Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). And now it looks like the series will end with a new character debuting with the influence of Walter White.

The penultimate episode of the You better call Saul The series, aptly titled “Breaking Bad”, is highlighted by the highly anticipated return of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). But, it’s one of Gene’s identity theft victims that we meet in the final 20 minutes of the episode that’s positioned to have a bigger impact on the ending. better call Saul than the drug-dealing duo that introduced us to Saul in the first place. Kevin Sussman plays an unknown skinny businessman whom Gene and Jeff consume alcohol and barbiturates as part of their series of scams designed to knock out their victims so that one of Gene’s nefarious associates named Buddy (Max Bickelhaup) could sneak into their home to secretly snap photos of their credit cards and IDs to sell to a willing third party.

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Kevin Sussman as the unnamed cancer victim in Better Call Saul

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Sussman’s unnamed character is an unspectacular plot device helping Gene delve deeper into his former criminal inclinations as a way to reclaim the fortune he discovers the feds seized in their criminal case against White at the end of Breaking Bad. Afterwards, he digests an assortment of pills before informing Gene, acting out of duplicity like Victor, that he has cancer. It’s this revelation that stokes the faint embers of the compassionate Jimmy McGill still inside Gene as he wonders if Sussman’s character should drink more alcohol. He asks this question even though that same consumption is essential to Gene’s flight plan. But, as is typical in You better call Saulthe subversive narrative of, it’s this same revelation that reminds Gene of just how much of an asshole Walter White, riddled with cancer, was, an experience he uses to try and convince Buddy to rob the guy after the henchman hesitates to steal a man with cancer.

At the end of the episode, Gene decides to attempt the robbery himself, blinded by the desperate pursuit of returning to the opulence of his past. A preview of the penultimate episode appears to show police approaching Sussman’s character’s home, alluding to the unnamed person living with cancer, directly or indirectly bringing Gene into close contact with law enforcement and potentially one step closer to the prison sentence he evaded for the entirety of the You better call Saul Course.

Where do I know Kevin Sussman from?

If Sussman’s grim portrayal of the unnamed cancer victim sounds familiar, it’s because you probably laughed at his loneliness. The 51-year-old actor is best known as The Big Bang Theory Failed comic book artist and depressing bachelor Stuart Bloom has spewed out a revelation about his clinical depression while trying to attract a woman. Sussman appeared in 84 of the show’s 279 episodes, including the series finale episode “Stockholm Syndrome,” where Howard’s (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) Halley’s daughter lost a tooth after falling (rather than she rolled around laughing) down the stairs under his watch.

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Most recently, Sussman appeared in Hulu’s Emmy-nominated true story drama The stall as Theranos neurotic lab manager Mark Roessler, who helped investigate the company before (stupidly) deleting incriminating emails between himself and Theranos management. When we last saw Mark, he was being replaced as lab director by a dermatologist, and there were no signs that he was still with the living.

Before television, Sussman made a name for himself on the big screen as the eccentric fan Lenny in almost knownwisecracking divorce papers deliverer in Burn after readingand Mac Bailey, one half of an assassin couple in the 2010 film Killers. Apart from The Big Bang Theory, Sussman mostly played supporting characters that provide enough gripping moments to leave an impression. However, seeing how his anonymous You better call Saul role plays out, Sussman will be on your mind as the critically acclaimed series comes to an end.

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