‘Better Call Saul’ Season 3 premiere: We dish ‘Mabel’ and its Emmy chances [WATCH]

Last week’s third season premiere of “Better Call Saul” saw Mike (Jonathan Banks) takes apart a car to find a tracking device; Chuck (Michael McKean) plot how to use a secret recording of Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk); and Kim (Rhea Seehorn) working hard at her new law practice with Jimmy. Each week I will be chatting via webcam with Gold Derby contributors about the newest episode and its awards prospects. For this first chat, I am joined by Amanda Spears and Riley Chow to analyze the plot points (watch above).

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This season, the show is continuing the tradition of opening with a grey-scale scene set at Cinnabon, after the events of “Breaking Bad.” In this instance, Jimmy works under the alias of Gene and the scene ends with him  collapsing on the Cinnabon floor.

Amanda felt that the standout from this episode was not any of the actors but Vince Gilligan who helmed this season premiere as well as scripting it with his co-creator Peter Gould. “I love the opening of the seasons, when he’s in the Cinnabon,” says Amanda. I like those black and white flash forwards. It also has the time lapse sequence of Mike taking apart the car. For a director showcase this is a good one.” I agree, and think it was “a very strong episode for Vince.”

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Riley concurred with us, adding this tidbit about Gilligan and his awards history: “Last year at the Emmys he submitted the final, but with his time also being spent on HBO’s ‘Raven,’ this probably will be his Emmy tape.”

We are all looking to this week’s episode, “Witness,” as it is set to feature the return of “Breaking Bad” villain Gus Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito. The actor earned an Emmy nomination for his turn as this memorable character in the fourth season of that series.

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