‘Better Call Saul’ Season 3: 6 Things We Can’t Wait to See
Like Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Better Call Saul has been a character-driven slow burn that fans have come to appreciate. But the show’s second season ramped things up in a huge way as it approached the season finale. It’s now clear that we’ll be jumping into the abyss when the series begins again next year. Besides the fact that the story now appears to be reaching its moment of truth, we’re on the verge of catching up with several characters from Breaking Bad that fans have been excited to see as soon as Better Call Saul’s premise was announced. Here are six things we can’t wait to see in Season 3.
1. Will we finally learn more about Gus Fring?
The throwback everyone wants to see, the return of Gus Fring will be a huge moment in Better Call Saul — and it looks like it will come early next season. The last time we saw Mike he was ready to take out Hector Salamanca with a sniper rifle before a note with one word — “Don’t” — alerted him to the fact that while he was one step ahead of Hector, there was someone one step ahead of him. There were still lingering questions of whether this would finally be the return of Gus, but those questions were answered when fans discovered an anagram in the season’s episode titles spelling out “Fring’s Back.” Gould, the showrunner along with Gilligan, told Vanity Fair, “We were hoping it would be more of an open question at this point… I guess we really underestimated the genius and hard work of our fans.” But don’t expect Gus to stroll right into Better Call Saul’s third season. Gilligan explains, “just because Fring’s back… it doesn’t mean that folks should assume that they’ll see him at the beginning of Season 3,” adding, “This is a character who is very circumspect. Very cautious. He does not reveal himself easily.”
2. Will Jessie Pinkman appear?
When it comes to Breaking Bad’s two main characters — Walter White and Jesse Pinkman — it makes much more sense that we’d run into Jesse again considering Walter is currently teaching in a high school classroom oblivious to this world. But Jesse was involved in the meth game before Walter arrived on the scene making him a prime suspect to show up in the series in a way that won’t feel like fanfare. In a Reddit AMA, Paul wrote in response to whether he’d appear, “I don’t know. Well, actually, I do know, but you’ll have to watch and see. But yeah, I’d absolutely be opened to it and we have discussed the possibility.” And as Cinema Blend points out, a Jesse appearance might not even be what we expect it to be. What if Jesse instead appeared in the present-day story where Saul is manning a Cinnabon in Nebraska? It sounds crazy, but Gilligan and Gould have said that they are interested in exploring more of the post-Breaking Bad story, and this would definitely be a way to play with viewer expectations.
3. What about Hank Schrader and the DEA?
In March, Gilligan revealed at a Better Call Saul panel that Marie Schrader was close to having a cameo in Season 2, specifically when Chuck is getting a CAT scan at the hospital. They ultimately cut it when it was agreed it “distracted from a very important thing that was going on in that moment,” but the idea of bringing Marie into the fold seems to strongly suggest that Hank will be appearing in the series before long. After all, it makes perfect sense for Hank to exist in Better Call Saul — there are lots of drugs being moved and Hank is still very much alive and in the DEA. Not only this, but bringing Hank into the story also puts us closer to getting a Walter cameo that won’t feel forced. If we see Walter again, we don’t want to run into him at the super market.
4. How does Hector “Tío” Salamanca’s end up in the wheelchair?
We’ve heard second-hand in Breaking Bad that Hector’s condition at the start of the series is due to a stroke, but don’t be surprised if there’s more to it than that. Now that Gus is on the verge of appearing in Better Call Saul, it would make sense that he is involved with Hector’s condition — and we know poison is in his repertoire. Additionally, Gus’s constant visits to Hector in Breaking Bad show that he keeps tabs on him to essentially torture him so did Gus purposely create this situation? However we get there, the storyline of Mike and Hector is definitely moving toward answers.
5. Will Chuck’s actions be the point of no return for Jimmy?
At the end of Season 2, we watched as Chuck pulled off a diabolical scheme in which he played up his “illness” with the expectation that Jimmy would confess his sabotage out of guilt. It worked. Jimmy sang like a bird and once he was out of the room it was revealed that Chuck had been recording the entire conversation. What this means for next season isn’t clear. Will Chuck go completely nuclear on Jimmy? Considering the way in which Chuck and Jimmy’s relationship has unfolded, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Chuck take every possible recourse to hurt Jimmy with this evidence. Maybe it’s even the true beginning of Saul Goodman.
6. Is this the season we see Saul Goodman?
Is this the season when James McGill truly starts to become Saul Goodman? If Breaking Bad’s dramatic hook was seeing Walter White become Heisenberg, then it is James McGill’s transformation into Saul Goodman that provides the backbone of Better Call Saul. Thus far, the show has avoided huge shifts that would indicate this change is imminent, opting instead for small moments that lay the groundwork for what’s to come. But at a certain point something has to tip the scales and don’t be surprised if the third season is when that happens.
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