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Christmas may be coming early for fans of Bryan Fuller’s critically adored Hannibal, an adaptation of Thomas Harris’ series of novels about Hannibal Lecter that was canceled by NBC just before a young FBI agent named Clarice Starling would have come into the story: Producer Martha De Laurentiis tweeted a photo of herself with Fuller,…

Michael McKean as Chuck McGill on 'Better Call Saul'

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.10, “Lantern”

It became a kind of conventional wisdom that Better Call Saul is actually two shows in one, with the moral descent of Jimmy McGill occupying one half, and Mike Ehrmantraut’s descent into becoming Gus Fring’s right-hand man occupying the other. But while this third season certainly raised the stakes on the Mike side by reintroducing…

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler on 'Better Call Saul'

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.9, “Fall”

“I sold my soul for B, I, N, G, and O! It’s a new game!” If there was any doubt after last week that Jimmy McGill is finally, truly breaking bad, treating a little old lady like a pawn — lying to her, lying to all her friends, isolating her so she’ll go for the…

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on 'Better Call Saul'

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.8, “Slip”

If I had a dollar for every time I have said “we saw our first glimmers of Saul Goodman in this episode” in this space, I could afford to run a 30-second commercial on a local Albuquerque TV station. But this time I really mean it: The return of Slippin’ Jimmy, who saves the day…

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in Better Call Saul

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.7, “Expenses”

As I have noted several times before, the primary strength of Better Call Saul has been its knack for finding ways to surprise us even when we know where the story is headed. But short of putting Kim’s head on the back of a tortoise, there’s no bigger surprise they could have come up with…

Michael Mando as Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.6, “Off Brand”

With last week’s spectacular “Chicanery” serving up a full hour of McGill fraternal drama and not so much as a check-in with the Mike and Gus half of the show, this week’s episode more than made up for the lack of Pollos-related plot movement, with appearances by Breaking Bad characters Victor, Tyrus, Krazy-8, and even…

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill on AMC's Better Call Saul

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.5, “Chicanery”

As engrossing and satisfying as it has been to follow Mike Ehrmantraut’s slow descent into becoming chief enforcer for the biggest drug cartel in the Southwest, I have to admit that I am a little more interested in the Jimmy McGill side of things. Jimmy’s got plenty of flaws, of course, but he’s a likable…

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on AMC's 'Better Call Saul'

Recap Digest: ‘Better Call Saul’ 3.4, “Sabrosito”

It was fitting that an episode that may have been the most overtly part of the Breaking Bad-verse to date would begin with an underwater shot like the one that opened so many season 2 episodes of the former series. But just when you’re catching yourself wondering when the scorched pink teddy bear is going…