Los Pollos Hermanos, the iconic New Mexican food chain first introduced in Breaking Bad, fast became a fixture of Vince Gilligan’s crime saga throughout its five-season run. Headed up by Giancarlo Esposito’s cool, calm, and terrifying Gus Fring – arguably one of the show’s most iconic characters and the chief adversary to Walter White/Heisenberg – Los Pollos Hermanos swings its doors open once more in today’s all-new promo for Better Call Saul season 3.
Stylized as a deceptively innocent commercial – Fring’s restaurant acted as a front for his blood-stained drug empire, remember – this teasing snippet is a clever way to confirm Giancarlo Esposito’s addition to the Better Call Saul universe. It’s a meeting that has been long on the cards, particularly in light of season 2’s finale, which all but confirmed that Gus Fring was on the verge of becoming a long-time client to our Saul Goodman. Bob Odenkirk’s criminal lawyer was left facing quite the predicament last year, too, following a fiery encounter with his estranged brother Chuck (Michael McKean). Will the two siblings be able to make amends during the course of the show’s third season? We’ll find out very soon.
The big question now is, of course, whether the advent of Gus Fring lays the foundation for Better Call Saul to introduce Walter White and, possibly, Jesse Pinkman. Both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are game to return, and the show’s creator Vince Gilligan has long expressed his desire to eventually dovetail Saul with the Breaking Bad timeline. With that in mind, it seems to be more a question of when, rather than if, White and Pinkman will feature in future seasons.
Comprised of 10 episodes in total, Better Call Saul season 3 will make its bow this spring when Jonathan Banks and Rhea Seehorn will co-star. AMC is yet to zero in on an official premiere date, but with the network’s marketing machine now effectively in full swing, we fully expect to catch wind of Saul Goodman’s return sooner rather than later.