The third season finale of Better Call Saul was the kind of episode where you know what could happen, and whom it could happen to, yet somehow, you’re still shocked.
Clunk, clunk, clunk went the noise of Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) kicking the table until a lantern fell and caught his house on fire; the episode cut to black on a shot of the house as flames filled the windows. We may have recalled the time that Chuck’s brother, Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk), warned him that, between all the books and legal papers and the gas and oil lamps he used to the light the place, death by fire was a real possibility. We might also have been reminded of the clever but not all that subtle signals strewn throughout the episode that registered subliminally on their own, but that added up to, “Chuck will commit suicide by fire tonight.”
Spoilers ahead for the season finale of Better Call Saul.
The following is an edited, combined transcript of two conversations about the character of Chuck McGill on AMC’s Better Call Saul. One was conducted June 4, 2017, at Split Screens TV festival, the festival I programmed at IFC Center; actor Michael McKean and series creator and executive producer Peter Gould were my guests. (You can view unedited video of the conversation here.) The second conversation occurred today. If you’ve watched the season-three finale of Better Call Saul, you know why I’m being coy about describing the circumstance of the second interview.
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