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With a character-specific prequel show like Better Call Saul, part of the enjoyment is the semi-promise that the story will dead-end around the point where the flagship series, in this case Breaking Bad, began. Thankfully, the rocky road of Jimmy McGill’s transformation will continue for at least one more year, as AMC has officially put in an order for Season 3 of Better Call Saul.
Now that you’re back from having your celebratory smoke in the shadowy parking garage, let’s talk about how Better Call Saul will handle Season 3 just like the earlier ones, in that viewers will get 10 episodes to chew on and mull over. While I’m sure many out there share my desire for this drama to have a new episode all 52 weeks out of the year, the ten-episode stint seems to be what works best for co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, both of whom are guaranteed to be back at the head of this project in 2017, according to TVLine.
It would be a crying shame to lose Better Call Saul so early into its run when there are still so many dots to continue connecting between the life of Jimmy McGill and the life of Saul Goodman, as played with consistently layered perfection by Bob Odenkirk. Here in Season 2, we’re watching him do what Jimmy does, including expanding his relationship with Kim, wading through the complexities of his relationship with his brother Chuck, and navigating his way through the legal world while sometimes conning people. (That last part sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?) And though Jimmy’s life is troublesome, things are even more hectic for Jonathan Banks’ Mike, who is currently in a tense situation with Nacho and the Salamanca gang.
As well, another season of Better Call Saul gives us another season of possibly seeing more Breaking Bad characters popping up. We weren’t really expecting to have Walter White showing up this early in the run, nor Jesse Pinkman, but we’re going to be past the sophomore non-slump by the time Season 3 rolls around. That should be enough time for fans to have adjusted to the spinoff so that a giant cameo from Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul won’t feel like an ill-conceived gimmick. Not that they would anyway, but still.
While Better Call Saul’s live ratings are dwindling down deeper than last year’s, AMC says the show is bringing in 4.4 million total viewers on average (assumedly with Live+7 figures), with over half of that coming from the key 18-49 demographic. AMC knows that this show is extremely important to its fanbase, and that critics have been nothing but overwhelmingly positive since the show debuted. But even though this Season 3 renewal isn’t extremely surprising, that doesn’t make me any less appreciative that it happened.
Better Call Saul airs Monday nights on AMC.