Better call Saul Season 6 is officially underway, and in Episode 3, the AMC show is already proving it’s not messing around. The latest episode has brought the fact home that breaking Bad precursor is every bit as shocking and tragic as the original series. We’re only into three chapters and already have the first major casualty of last season. Not to mention the predicament Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) will find himself in.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 3, “Rock and Hard Place”.]
“Better Call Saul” Season 6, Episode 3 demands his first major sacrifice
Better call Saul Season 6 Episode 3 starts with Nacho Varga (Michael Mando) running away from the cousins (Daniel and Luis Moncada), but even hiding on an oil rig isn’t going to get him out of the mess he’s in. And Nacho accepts his inevitable fate as Rock and Hard Place progresses. The title of the episode is incredibly apt as Nacho realizes he never survived Lalo’s (Tony Dalton) assassination attempt.
Fortunately, he is smart enough to save his father from the effects of his actions. During his phone call with Gus (Giancarlo Esposito), he threatens to be honest about who ordered him to kill Lalo — that is, unless Gus and Mike (Jonathan Banks) keep his father out of the way.
Gus is also stuck between a rock and a hard spot, so he gives in to Nacho’s ultimatum. He and Mike take Nacho back to the US and then set up a meeting with the Salamancas and Juan Bolsa (Javier Grajeda). Nacho tells them that Alvarez ordered the hit on Lalo, then deviates slightly from the script. In his final moments, he makes sure the Salamancas know he enjoys their suffering – and that he’s the one responsible for Hector’s (Mark Margolis) stroke.
Mando gives a stunning performance, Nacho admits, and sadly it’s his last as a character. Knowing he’s going to die anyway, Nacho goes out on his own terms, holding Bolsa at gunpoint before putting the barrel to his own head and ending his life.
Jimmy and Kim continue their plan to bring down Howard
Given the high stakes of Nacho’s act in Better call Saul Season 6 Episode 3, Jimmy and Kim (Rhea Seahorn) understandably take a backseat this week. The pair continue with their plan to mess with Howard. It’s unclear what they plan to accomplish next, but they need Howard’s car to do it.
They hire Huell’s (Lavell Crawford) services to get a copy of the keys when Howard uses the valet. Amusingly, Huell asks Jimmy why they are doing all this when they are already making such good money as lawyers. His commentary speaks volumes about the psychology behind Jimmy and Kim’s behavior, something that the final season will hopefully delve deeper into.
The couple’s plan goes smoothly for the time being, but they continue to venture into dangerous territory. And Howard isn’t the only thing Jimmy has to worry about this week.
Better Call Saul season 6 leaves Jimmy with a choice
Jimmy and Kim’s Howard scheme may eventually get them in trouble Better call Saul season 6, but the main character of the series faces a bigger problem in Episode 3. Her colleagues at the courthouse have caught on to the fact that Jimmy has been helping a dangerous drug lord escape her grasp. And while they believe Lalo is dead, they’ve traced Jimmy back to Nacho and Tuco (Raymond Cruz) – and they want his help tracking them down.
The other attorneys have not yet launched an official investigation into Jimmy’s relationship with the cartel. However, his refusal to help them might prompt one. As Kim states at the end of the episode, he has a choice to make: “Do you want to be a friend of the cartel or do you want to be a rat?”
breaking Bad Fans know what choice he will ultimately make, but it will be interesting to see how he gets there. At the moment, the couple doesn’t seem too keen on helping the cartel. It takes something big to get Jimmy to work for her full time.
New episodes of Better call Saul Season 6 airs every Monday on AMC.
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