Thomas Schnauz | ‘Better Call Saul’
The setup: Years ago, Chuck (Michael McKean) prevented his brother Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) from getting a job at his law firm and does it again on a huge case that Jimmy brings to the firm. The betrayal finally comes out.
The effect: “Chuck cracks and says, ‘You’re not a real lawyer.’ We know that Chuck is absolutely right — his fear is that Jimmy is going to really hurt some people at some point,” Schnauz says. “Even though what Chuck does is despicable, he’s also right because we’ve seen what Jimmy has done.”
The setup: When outlaw Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) finds lawman Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) alone with his fiancée, Ava (Joelle Carter), it’s hard to tell whether Boyd is aware that Ava is a criminal informant.
The effect: “At that point, Boyd doesn’t know, but Raylan wants to make sure that Ava is OK,” Yost says. “The whole season was about bringing it back down to those three characters. The stakes are pretty clear, and there’s echoes of the pilot — so that was part of our goal.”