Preview: Better Call Saul, Season 3

It’s hard to put into words how great April will be for TV.   It all starts April 10th when season 3 of Better Call Saul comes out, so here are my thoughts on that.

Going into the series, we already knew what to expect in certain regards.  However, I personally did not see it coming- it referring to what a beast of TV this show became.  Sure it’s not Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead in terms of popularity, but you would be hard pressed to find shows that are better in every single regard than Better Call Saul.  While we have seen plenty of Breaking Bad-style flair to the way the show is created and run, it has developed its own unique flavor that takes the best of ‘Bad combines it with a dark, twisty sense of humor, incredible atmosphere, and best of all, a great sense of showmanship.  Vince Gilligan has us all eating out of the palm of his hand.  That said, let’s dive into what we can expect from season 3.

Now that we know Jimmy better- and I like to differentiate Saul from Jimmy, as when Saul is introduced in season 2 of Breaking Bad, he’s a full fledged character Jimmy, meanwhile, is naive when we meet him and we don’t yet see how sleazy he can be- we see Jimmy take his first steps into his Saul transformation at the end of season 2.  I’m not going to spoil anything, but the major event as far as Jimmy is concerned is where I feel he begins to turn into the “criminal lawyer” Jesse refers to him as so endearingly.  We will see what Chuck does about this and how it will shape Jimmy moving forward, and whether that jades him even further or perhaps has larger consequences.

So far, there has been only one promo for the show, done as a commercial for a familiar face’s chain of fried chicken restaurants.  Yes, Gus Fring is back, and I am so excited to see how he plays with the other familiar faces we have seen so far in the show- namely the Salamanca twins and their Tio, who is looking a lot better than he did in Breaking Bad.  Perhaps we’re about to see some of Gus’ handiwork in that regard?  Who knows.  What I do know is that Vince Gilligan knows we’re addicted to this and that he recognizes the value of fan service.  Seriously, there has been so much fan service on the show so far, and I love every second of it.  It does not feel forced which is the better part about it; Gilligan knows what we want and he’s so good at what he does that bringing back these characters we came to love is seamless, even in a new-ish setting with different rules and roles.  I can’t wait to see what Gus brings to the series because it will be absolutely bananas.

Speaking of old faces, Mike’s role in the series has been one of many bright spots.  When we last saw Mike he was about to do something foolish, and we will absolutely see how that plays out in season 3, and with Gus coming back, I just know deep down in my soul that there will be a fried chicken restaurant-sized curveball coming at us with the addition of Gus into the mix.  As for Kim and Jimmy’s relationship, it is something I look forward to see develop further as Jimmy sinks further and further and eventually metamorphoses into Saul.  Kim is the best influence in Jimmy’s life, and he knows that, but he also knows that he does not want to hurt Kim- I will be paying attention to every detail of their interactions to predict what will happen with them and if Kim will get wrapped up in some of Jimmy’s less savory activities.

Season 3 of Breaking Bad is where I feel the series became itself, taking on bigger challenges in terms of story and cashing them in for massive payouts.  I see the same thing happening here, and while I have no idea what we’re in store for, I know this season of Better Call Saul will be absolute gas.

Better Call Saul season 3 premiers on April 10th on AMC.