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Spoilers ahead for the season finale of AMC's Better Call Saul.
Season 3 of Better Call Saul has been a particularly exciting one, as the ties between Breaking Bad and its spinoff become stronger. But besides to the welcome addition of characters like Gus Fring and Hector Salamanca, the season also helped flesh out original characters like Jimmy's brother Chuck. The explosive season finale saw Chuck once again suffering from a bout of mental instability, and the episode ended with with Jimmy's brother in an apparent suicide attempt, knocking over a lantern in order to blow up his increasingly Grey Gardens-ish house with him in it. But we didn't actually see Chuck die, so what's the deal with this ending?
Well, this certainly seems cut and dry. Let's break down exactly what Peter Gould is telling us.
One of the rules of modern TV production is that if a character's death isn't shown on screen, then they're probably not actually gone. You can particularly see this with other AMC shows like Fear The Walking Dead, which recently brought back a presumed character after nearly a full season of hiatus. But because we didn't actually see him go up in flames (similar to Chuck's ending), many smart fans didn't take his "death" seriously. And while the situation may be very similar in Better Call Saul, Peter Gould seems to think it would be illogical for Chuck to somehow survive in his fire hazard filled home.
I also have to laugh at Peter Gould's apparent disdain for "schmuck bait". I have to think that this statement is targeted toward The Walking Dead, in particular Glenn's fake death in Season 6. We all knew the pizza boy probably wasn't dead, so his eventual revival via dumpster hiding was a let down for the fandom. Shots fired, Gould.
Better Call Saul will likely be back for Season 4 sometime next year. In the meantime you can catch up on the series through Netflix and On Demand, and be sure to check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.