You may hate him or love him, but Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) older brother, Chuck (Michael McKean), is almost always right about him. In “Better Call Saul” Season 3 so far, the straight-laced attorney recorded Jimmy/Saul Goodman confessing to committing a crime. While it may be inadmissible in court, Chuck has a plan to use it against him.
Ever the strategist, Chuck is always a thorn on Jimmy’s side. While his older brother worked extremely hard to become the revered lawyer he is today, Jimmy wants to achieve the same level of success without doing the hard work. And no matter how much you love Jimmy, who will soon become a criminal lawyer that will represent Walter White (Bryan Cranston), he is right.
McKean, who dropped by at a Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up restaurant in New York City to promote Season 3 of the AMC series, knows this. “You can disagree with him [Chuck], you can root for Jimmy all you want, but Chuck has his point,” the 69-year-old actor told TVGuide when he visited the restaurant, “If you removed the revenge element from his psyche, which is fairly large, I think you’d actually find a human being in there.”
However, while Chuck remains an important part of the “Better Call Saul” universe, McKean warned fans not to get too attached to his character. “But don’t get too attached!” Hmm. Is Chuck going to be in some trouble? He does suffer from a psychological problem – a sensitivity to all devices powered by electricity and batteries.
Of course, Jimmy’s sibling is one of the few people preventing him from becoming Saul. We know that, eventually, Odenkirk’s character transforms into the law-breaking attorney, so it makes sense to assume that, at some point, Chuck will ultimately fade into the background in his life’s story.
“Better Call Saul” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EDT on AMC.