Why ‘Better Call Saul’ season 3 shouldn’t wait (at least THAT long) to bring in Gus Fring

Better Call Saul season 2“Better Call Saul” is in the process of filming the third season right now, but this doesn’t exactly mean that they are opening the doors and letting all of their secrets spill out into the world. As a matter of fact, we’d say that they are being just as secretive — if not more so — than ever before, which is really saying something. The fact that they are filming is really one of the only facts we know!

So with that, we have to perceive the series more in terms of what’s already happened, and that leads to us raising another very-important question moving into the future: Are we getting closer to the time in which we’ll see Gus Fring? The end of season 2 made us believe that was the case courtesy of a simple note left for Mike Ehrmantraut: “Don’t.” We all know that eventually, Mike’s gotta meet Gus in order for the two to go down the trajectory that eventually brings them to Walter White. It’s just like we know eventually Jimmy McGill will become Saul Goodman.

Now, will the show introduce Gus right away in season 3? It’s hard to say for sure, given that it’s not guaranteed that we will see Giancarlo Esposito at all. (Heck, we don’t even know for sure that he left the note.) There are two schools of thought about this.

1. Bring him in right away – You’ve already seen the note, and you already know it’s coming. Why delay this? We’ve already seen Mike slip into the criminal underbelly enough at this point where it’d make sense for him to want to work with Gus, even if he knows it’s a dangerous option for him. Also, it’ll generate a little more buzz for a show that’s quieted down a little bit over time.

2. Save him – We’re not saying that it should be for the full season — if it is, we’ll start to wonder if Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are spending too much time hanging out with Jesse Pinkman from the earlier seasons. We could understand the idea of Gus maybe toying with Mike for a little while and testing him to see if he’s right for the operation. Gus is a calculated guy who takes his time making choices; he could easily do the same thing here and eventually meet Mike face-to-face come episode 4 or 5.

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