Better Call Saul Season 3 Is “Quite A Bit Darker,” Creator Says

The Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul returns for its third season next month, and now we know a little bit more about it, at least in terms of tone. Co-creator Vince Gilligan said at the show’s Los Angeles premiere today that Season 3 brings the show more closely in line with Breaking Bad.

“Things get quite a bit darker in season three, more Breaking Bad-like,” Gilligan said, as reported by Variety. “We didn’t set out for that to happen–it came to us organically.”

Season 3 will also show more of by-the-book lawyer Jimmy McGill’s transition to slimy attorney Saul Goodman. “There’s a big movement into the character of Saul Goodman,” McGill/Goodman actor Bob Odenkirk said. “This is the first time he presents himself as Saul Goodman, which is actually kind of fun.”

“There’s more of an internal movement of this really sweet character, Jimmy McGill, who kind of shuts himself down and does some very callous things that are very Saul Goodman-like. It’s just sad. It made me feel bad.”

Another interesting element of Season 3 is that the character Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) is joining the show–and he’ll play a big part, apparently. “We’re going to see a lot of Gus Fring as he builds his drug empire,” Odenkirk said. “Dominoes start to topple at the end of Season 3. Season 4, if there is one, should be a rollercoaster ride.”

In other news, it’s rumored that the Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) could join Better Call Saul.

Better Call Saul returns on April 10.

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