Better Call Saul season 3: Is there a long-term plan?
Monday night marks the Better Call Saul season 3 premiere, but for the sake of this article, we’re going to take a minute or two to look beyond that. Specifically, we’re pondering over whether or not there is a further long-term plan for the AMC series, one that will take the character of Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman into his eventual meeting with one Walter White. While we know that this could mark the ending for the series, we still gotta get there … and it appears as though there is quite a bit of work to be done along the way.
Speaking (per Deadline) at a recent panel in the publication’s The Contenders series, executive producer Peter Gould made it clear the sort of philosophy that he can fellow co-creator Vince Gilligan have in terms of plotting out the series for the future:
“There’s no plan … The only plan we have is what we’ve shown the audience. … We’re constantly pinning ourselves into corners and hoping like hell that we can get ourselves out. The positive thing about that is we can’t figure out what happens next. Hopefully the answer will be a surprise to the audience as well as us.”
While there may be creative frustrations here and there that comes out of having no plan, there are also some causes for excitement that could come from it. For example, the idea of Gene in the future. So much of this series, at least to date, has revolved around the notion of starting out with this ambitious young lawyer named Jimmy McGill. However, since that time we’ve seen him descend more and more into darkness as a result of a wide array of different things, whether it be his relationship with his brother Chuck or whatever ends up happening with Kim Wexler, his current love interest and one of the few people who loves him truly for the person that he is.
In shifting the series forward to Gene, maybe you give Jimmy an opportunity to have a little bit of redemption. You can debate as to whether or not that is something that you want for the character, but it could be one of the more interesting changes of this show to Breaking Bad. With the original series, you simply knew that this moment wasn’t coming by the time you entered the final season.