In case you have been keeping up with Better Call Saul, you know that this show is a slow burner. An extremely slow one. Even perversely so. I mean, a major plot line in season two revolved around two numbers being switched out in a legal document. Exciting, right? Well, yeah. And that is part of what makes Better Call Saul so good. Every single detail has been meticulously planned out by creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. And while that might throw off some people, it is fine by me. After all, don’t they say it is all about the journey and not so much about the destination? And that’s maybe even more true for Better Call Saul than for other things. Because you already know where Jimmy McGill ends up if you saw Breaking Bad.
As with the first two seasons, the third season premiere opens with a post-Breaking Bad scene where we find Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) working at a Cinnabon in Omaha. We get to see a bit more than usual. I won’t spoil what happens, but it fits with the character of Saul, a man who wants to do the right thing but is always tempted by the freedom that comes with doing the wrong thing.
After that, we pick up where we left off with Jimmy’s brother Chuck (Michael McKean) starting a vendetta against Jimmy. Just how far will Jimmy go to save his practice and his already shaky romance with Kim (Rhea Seehorn)? Meanwhile Mike (Jonathan Banks) is looking for a mysterious enemy and as a result, ends up in the criminal world of none other than Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), who makes a glorious comeback here.
Whereas in the past you sometimes ended up wondering if the show still had a pulse, the pace definitely gets picked up this time around. All the dominoes that have been placed ever so carefully, are finally starting to topple. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for season four of what is undoubtedly one of the best shows around.