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For hardcore TV fans, the summer months can be a bit of a challenge. With most shows on hiatus, it can be a frustrating few months to wait until your favorite show comes back, especially if the last season ended on a major cliffhanger. Case in point: AMC's Better Call Saul, which left off Season 3's finale with a cliffhanger that put one of the show's stars in jeopardy of being killed off. And while the fandom seems to be pretty certain that Chuck bit the dust when his home exploded, star Bob Odenkirk doesn't even know what's going to happen to Jimmy's brother in this spring's season. But he does think that the writers should probably kill off the character.
If Chuck is dead, and I believe he is, I don't think it's possible to not think you had something to do with that. The way Chuck was booted from his company, which meant everything to him --- his status as a lawyer, that was his entire self. His pride and self image was completely wrapped up in that. Because Jimmy was a part of the many things that happened that got Chuck booted, I don't know how he doesn't feel some weight and responsibility for Chuck expiring.
Jimmy makes a good point here. If Chuck were to die, it would no doubt greatly affect Jimmy moving forward. Much of the fun of Better Call Saul is seeing how the character eventually becomes the utterly immoral Saul, and Chuck's death would no doubt help that trajectory in a big way.
As a reminder, the final moments of Better Call Saul's finale saw Chuck suffer a major relapse in his mental health and his irrational fear of electromagnetic waves. In his final scene in Season 3, he purposefully knocks over a gas lantern, causing his home to eventually set ablaze and explode. This comes after he and Jimmy had a major confrontation, and Chuck asserted that Jimmy' true nature is simply to hurt the people around him. Furthermore, Chuck told his brother that he never really cared for him, making the timing of Chuck's attempted suicide all the more tragic and poignant for Jimmy.
Bob Odenkirk certainly seems to understand how Chuck's apparent death will affect his layered protagonist. And while the writers are apparently keeping their options open, it would make the most sense for Chuck to die in Season 3's finale. Alas, we'll just have to wait and see what AMC and company have cooking (hint: it's not meth).
Better Call Saul will likely return sometime in the early spring. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.