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The third season of the American television drama series Better Call Saul was announced in March of 2016. The series returned on April 10, 2017.[1] It consisted of 10 episodes [2], each running approximately 49 minutes in length.

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Season 3 promotional poster

"Gene"'s story is continued, where he has a nervous breakdown after leading the police to a shoplifter at the mall where "Gene" works and then tells the shoplifter to get a lawyer.

Mike Ehrmantraut works to find out who left him the note on his car when he is trying to assassinate Hector Salamanca and is led to Los Pollos Hermanos and Gus Fring.

Jimmy McGill finds out his conversation where he admitted to doctoring Chuck's Mesa Verde documents was taped and eventually, Jimmy works to finding the cassette tape and destroying it, only to find out that there were now witnesses to Jimmy's attempt to destroy the tape, which will now be used as evidence at Jimmy's State Bar hearing.

Chuck McGill, in pursuing issues against Jimmy, eventually winds up having his weaknesses and nervous conditions made public and on the record at the State Bar hearing and that causes problems for Chuck in continuing his law career.

It didn't help Chuck that both he and Jimmy have the same malpractice insurance carrier and that Jimmy, in trying to seek a refund for any unused premiums, lets it also slip that Chuck's mental issues were also on the record at his State Bar hearing, which forces the insurance carrier to revise their coverage for Chuck and Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill.

This in turn compels Chuck to seek professional help to treat his illness and working on proving to the world and to Howard Hamlin that he was still competent enough to practice Law and stay in the firm, but Howard is not convinced and at the end of the season, Chuck winds up leaving HHM and retreating back into his house, where his symptoms return and he sets his home on fire at the end of the season.

Jimmy, after getting the verdict of the State Bar, finds that he no longer can practice Law for a year, and winds up having to sell his commercial air time and eventually, "Saul Goodman" makes his first official appearance, as the head of Saul Goodman Productions, who will produce commercials for local businesses.

At first, it proves difficult for Jimmy/"Saul" to sell the remaining airtime until "Slipping Jimmy" slips on a drumstick that just so happened to be on the floor where Jimmy was walking and that sealed the deal and compelled the music store to purchase the remaining airtime.

After Mike meets Fring, he is told to leave Hector Salamanca alone, but if Mike is still willing, he can still go after Salamanca's trucks, which Mike, with Fring's help, takes down and cuts off Salamanca's drug supply from Mexico.

Hector Salamanca, in turn puts pressure on Gus Fring and forces Fring to drive over Salamanca's shipments in Fring's trucks, which does not make Fring happy, but at the same time the Cartel recommends.

Salamanca is not very happy with the Cartel's decision and is looking at using Nacho Varga's father Manuel's company shipments over the border, which Manuel uses to ship his auto interior materials from Mexico, which makes both Nacho and Manuel unhappy, both with each other and with Salamanca.

As all of this was happening, Hector Salamanca's health was worsening and he was taking heart medication pills, which Nacho discovers and reaches out to Pryce, who still works at the pharmaceuticals company, to help him get the capsules so that he can make fake pills to switch out with Salamanca's real medication.

Pryce in turn contacts Mike Ehrmantraut, who also advises Nacho on how to do that as well as tell Nacho that there are other people out there watching what Salamanca does and Nacho proceeds with his plans to swap out Salamanca's medication.

Kim Wexler continues her work with Mesa Verde and Jimmy McGill, who hires Francesca Liddy to be the practices' receptionist and paralegal.

Kim also represents Jimmy in his State Bar hearing, which also takes up a lot of time and energy along with representing Mesa Verde in their expansion plans, now in Utah, which also proves to be stressful as Kim eventually dresses down Paige Novick, her friend from Law School as well as in-house counsel for Mesa Verde, and later apologizes to Paige for that outburst.

She also takes on additional work on referral from Kevin Wachtell at Mesa Verde who has this friend named Billy Gatwood that is facing legal troubles with his Texas-based oil wells and that they are now drawing oil from reserves in New Mexico.

As Jimmy gets his Law license suspended, Kim works harder to keep the practice going, despite Jimmy's assurances that she will not be left with all the bills for the upkeep of the firm and despite his ability to keep up his side of the firm with some difficulty, Kim is working herself toward exhaustion and eventually, that results in driving her car off the road and crashing into some rocks, which leave her with scratches and bruises along with a broken arm and unable to continue her practice at the end of the season.

Jimmy's life after getting suspended actually improves financially, as he works to sell out his remaining airtime to a local music store and then gets Irene Landry, the class representative, to settle the cases that make up the class action at Sandpiper Crossing so that Jimmy can get his payout sooner, only to discover that he has to "burn bridges" to make that happen, first with Irene, and then with her friends as he brings in Erin Brill from Davis & Main to help Irene patch things up with her friends and in the process destroys what's left of his Elder Law practice.

Huell Babineaux makes his first appearance and is also hired by Jimmy to plant a cell phone battery on Chuck McGill at the State Bar Hearing.

Gus Fring's assistants Victor and Tyrus Kitt also make their appearances along with Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, the attorney at Madrigal Electromotive, who works with Fring on purchasing the property that becomes Lavandaria Brilliante in BB, where Fring has his chemists produce meth.

Mike, along with daughter-in-law Stacy, attend a support group for lost loved-ones (in the same church where Jesse Pinkman was attending his meetings in BB) and work on getting a playground set up at the church and Mike discovers that he needs to launder the money he stole from Salamanca and to that end, consults with Gus Fring about that, who sends him to Lydia.

Lydia hires Mike to "work" for Madrigal Electromotive, where he will be collecting paychecks until all the money is laundered and this is the first time that Lydia meets Mike, and Mike has concerns over how this laundering is to work as well as what is Lydia's role in Gus Fring's operations.

Towards the end of the season, as Jimmy's new situation improves for him, Kim's and Chuck's situations get worse.

Credits

Starring

Cast Portrays Ep. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Bob Odenkirk James McGill 10
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut 8
Rhea Seehorn Kim Wexler 10
Patrick Fabian Howard Hamlin 8
Michael Mando Nacho Varga 6
Giancarlo Esposito Gustavo "Gus" Fring 7
Michael McKean Chuck McGill 9

Guest Starring

Episodes

Trivia

  • In Better Call Saul Insider Podcast of episode "Chicanery", it was revealed that there is no hidden code in the title of the episodes of season 3, unlike season 2.
  • In Better Call Saul Insider Podcast of episode "Lantern", Vince Gilligan said he considers that season 3 is undoubtedly the best season of the series so far.

Promotional Photos

Cast Photos

Promo Images

First Look

Awards

Ceremony Category Recipients Result
33rd TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Drama Better Call Saul Nominated
69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bob Odenkirk Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Vince Gilligan ("Witness") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Gordon Smith ("Chicanery") Nominated
69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Supervision Thomas Golubić ("Sunk Costs") Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Skip Macdonald ("Chicanery") Nominated
Kelley Dixon and Skip Macdonald ("Witness") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) Phillip W. Palmer, Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine ("Witness") Nominated
Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training Won

References

  1. Better Call Saul Season 3 Has a Premiere Date - Entertainment Weekly
  2. Better Call Saul - Renewed for a 3rd Season - SpoilerTV
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