A look back at season 3 of Better Call Saul.
*This articles contains spoilers.*
Season 3 of Better Call Saul saw the introduction of more familiar faces from Breaking Bad as well as some surprising character & plot developments. The main focus over the season were themes were those of good v/s evil and personal relationships. There are no perfect people in Better Call Saul and that’s perhaps what makes it so authentic – The show’s ability to portray characters as deeply flawed people, who we can both sympathize with and despise.
Personal relationships are also on the forefront throughout the show. This season actually has some courtroom action in it that would make worthy of being a legal drama. However, even inside the courtroom it’s not about the case or the law. It’s about the unraveling of a relationship between two brothers. No one is right or wrong. All that exists is a plethora of misunderstandings, poor communication and a self-serving attitude. However, the relationship between Jimmy and Charles isn’t the only one that’s explored this season. There’s the relationship between, Jimmy and Kim, Charles and his legal partner Howard Hamlin, and the list goes on.
Better Call Saul is full of several well-developed characters which is what makes the show so immersive. Over the course of season 3, we witness not only the lives of Jimmy McGill’s immediate circle but also that of those who one day will be. Gus Fring, Mike Ehrmantraut and Nacho Vargo are given generous amounts of screen time that ensures that show has a lot more substance to it. This also ensures that the show is a lot more layered and comprehensive.
Perhaps what’s most exciting about season 3 is the introduction of Jimmy’s ‘Saul Goodman’ moniker. Jimmy hasn’t taken the plunge into being a dirty lawyer yet, with the story being paced perfectly, ensuring that the audience completely understand the circumstances under which Saul Goodman takes over the life of Jimmy McGill. In the last episode of season 3, Charles tells his brother something to the effect of ‘You will only hurt the people close to you’. As we reached the end of the season, Jimmy McGill’s situation seems to have begun to improve while those closest to him, Kim and his brother Charles, seem to get worse. You can see the pain on Jimmy’s face as he hears these words and unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time until Charles is proven right.