Review: Better Call Saul Season 3 Episode 3 “Sunk Costs”

Power is something frequently hurdled around characters on prestige drama with the continual love affair writers have with anti-heroes. Why each character is interested in power is something emphasised heavily throughout this episode of ‘Better Call Saul’ as the stunning writing, exceptional direction and superb performances cement dynamics and motivations. Chuck’s condescending, patronising approach to Jimmy is not intended to help him, but to give Chuck power. The writing creates such a dislike of Chuck from the viewers that the scenes where he interacts with Jimmy are of an immense emotional magnitude. Pure and classic drama. The effect this has on Jimmy’s relationships with and impressions of both Chuck and Kim is at times saddening and often enlightening. This is a character developing beautifully, one taking charge of himself and understanding the repercussions of his actions. In some ways maybe Chuck has got through to Jimmy, but as a viewer we know there are many more contributing factors to Jimmy wanting to change. Mike’s storyline is as riveting and pleasing as ever, but like with Jimmy, there is a feeling of set-up that will hopefully lead to brilliant results. 9.6/10

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