Better Call Saul Season 3 Premiere Keeps Fans Guessing: What's in Store for Jimmy, Chuck, Kim, and Mike?

"Mabel" sets up long games for all the main characters, including Chuck's promise to Jimmy: "You will pay."

by | April 10, 2017 | Comments

He’s baaaack. Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is one season premiere closer to becoming Walter White’s lawyer after the season 3 opening of Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul hit Monday night.

As Jimmy, Chuck (Michael McKean), and Mike (Jonathan Banks) maneuvered through their latest schemes, fans formulated some theories about where all this might lead.

And Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) hasn’t even returned yet! More on that later.

Spoiler alert: Stop here if you haven’t watched the first episode of Better Call Saul season 3.

Once again, the season opened up in black and white with “Gene” (Jimmy’s new alias) working at Cinnabon. Look at him try to go unnoticed by cops pursuing a shoplifter, buried in his book and sandwich. Even though he points the cop to the shoplifter’s hiding spot, he can’t help giving the shoplifter legal advice: “Say nothing. Get a lawyer.”

Michael McKean in Better Call Saul (Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Back to where season 2 left off: Chuck secretly taped Jimmy’s confession to altering the Mesa Verde files. Chuck promises Jimmy, “Don’t think I’ll ever forget what happened here today. And you will pay.”

He plays the tape for Howard (Patrick Fabien), and they discuss the legalities of its admissibility. What exactly is Chuck planning?

More importantly, could whatever Chuck is plotting against Jimmy backfire on Chuck himself?

Jonathan Banks in Better Call Saul (Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Oh yeah, there’s also where we left off with Mike. He aborted his plans to assassinate Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis), and returned to his car to see a warning note reading “Don’t.” Suspecting a tracker, Mike hoisted the car on a forklift. And has he been here before?

That wasn’t the end of Mike’s search.

It was in the gas cap all along.

Oh, remember Captain Bauer (Brendan Fehr), who allowed Jimmy onto the military base? Well, he saw the commercial Jimmy filmed there and now he threatens legal charges. Jimmy calls his bluff when Bauer asks him to pull the ad.

Chuck’s blackmail tape already hit a snag when his assistant Ernesto (Brandon K. Hampton) heard a portion of the tape. He was changing the batteries for Chuck and then the part about changing the address came on. But would Ernesto even know what that means out of context?

Rhea Seehorn in Better Call Saul (Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)

Kim (Rhea Seehorn) this week was focusing on clients, clients she took over when Jimmy no-showed on his appointments. She spent a lot of time obsessing over punctuation in a brief.

Finally, Mike is gonna catch whoever was tailing him. He put a tracker in the tracker and off he goes to follow him. If Mike can catch this guy, he can definitely catch Hank later on Breaking Bad.

Next week promises Gus Fring and Los Pollos Hermanos.

Better Call Saul airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on AMC. Catch up on the first two seasons here. Watch Grae Drake’s interview with Odenkirk here.

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