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Better Call Saul Season 3: Story Recap & Ending Explained

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Better Call Saul season 3 brought Jimmy McGill another step closer to become Saul Goodman - let's break down the key events of the season. Breaking Bad slowly emerged from being a cult crime series starring Bryan Cranston (Malcolm In The Middle) to becoming one of the most acclaimed series of the last decade. The show followed Walter White, a mild-mannered teacher who, upon learning of his impending death, decides to team with former student Jesse (Aaron Paul) to cook meth to make money for his family.

Breaking Bad followed the slow but steady moral decline of Walt from reluctant criminal to greedy kingpin. The series came to an end in 2013, but fans could take solace when it was announced spinoff show Better Call Saul was coming. The show follows the origin of Walt's sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk (Long Shot), and charts how he went from Jimmy McGill to becoming Saul.

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The spinoff started great with season 1 and got better from there, with some fans arguing the show is superior to Breaking Bad. Better Call Saul season 3 is considered one of the best seasons of the show and saw Jimmy edging ever closer to becoming Saul. The third series picks up from the cliffhanger ending of season 2 when Jimmy learns his brother Chuck recorded his private confession of having altering paperwork to make Chuck look incompetent.

Chuck and Jimmy Argue in Better Call Saul

Chuck, a founding member of law firm HHM who suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, wants to get Jimmy disbarred. An angry Jimmy breaks into Chuck's house to confront him, but it was a setup; a private investigator is there to witness the break-in and Jimmy is charged. He's able to weasel out of this at a later hearing while questioning Chuck, having planted a battery on him earlier, proving his hypersensitivity is in his mind. Chuck's angry response puts his competency in question. Howard, the managing partner at HHM, buys Chuck out after becoming worried about his erratic behavior, and Chuck works to overcome his condition.

Better Call Saul season 3 also finds Jimmy adopting the name Saul Goodman for the first time when he turns to making commercials after his license is suspended. Jimmy's girlfriend and partner Kim is later involved in a car crash after she falls asleep from taking on additional clients. This leads Jimmy to try and reconcile with Chuck, who rebuffs him and admits his brother doesn't really matter to him.

Better Call Saul season 3 also re-introduced iconic villain Gus Fring, who prevents Mike from killing cartel leader Hector Salamanca, who Gus has a personal vendetta with. Instead, they make an agreement where Mike disrupts Hector's business, and Hector's henchman Nacho later switches his bosses' heart medication in hopes of inducing a fatal heart attack, so Salamanca can't take over his father's business. This story arc sets up the future relationship between Gus and Mike too.

Better Call Saul season 3 ends with Chuck's condition flaring up, leading to him ripping apart his own house. In a fit of depression, he kicks over an oil lantern, which sets his house on fire, with his fate being revealed in season 4. The third season was a tense, emotional journey, with the show proving it's much more than just a spinoff of Breaking Bad.

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