"Better Call Saul" ended Season 3 with a shocker with Chuck McGill, one of the show's main characters, surrounded in flame after purposely kicking over a lantern.
While "Better Call Saul" showrunner Peter Gould would not say if McGill, played by Michael McKean, has died, he told Variety: "This is a guy that's in this house that's filled with these lanterns with flammable fuel. And he's got stacks of newspaper and books all around him. So, really, it doesn't look too good."
Chuck McGill, the brother of star Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), has dealt with the mental delusion of electromagnetic hypersensitivity – fear of exposure to electromagnetic fields given out by mobile phones, Wi-Fi routers, televisions, etc. – since the first season, noted The Guardian.
While Chuck McGill had shown improvement, the final scene suggested that he decided to commit suicide, Entertainment Weekly noted.
"Chuck made the dark decision to take his own life, as his illness spiraled out of control again," noted Entertainment Weekly writer Dan Snierson. "The gifted attorney, who seemed on the verge of a major breakthrough with his illness — an allergy to electricity which he truly believed was physical before he was confronted with the reality that it was actually mental — reverted to the Chuck of old. …
"All of this came as a shock, especially after Jimmy visited his brother's house, where he was surprised to find Chuck immersed in the quotidian comforts of electricity (following his painful personal ouster from (Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill)…," Snierson continued.
Gould told Variety that while "Better Call Saul" is not done with the Chuck McGill character, he added that: "… That could mean a lot of things, because we have the ability to go back and forth in time. I don't think I can be incredibly specific, because the writers room for Season 4 has not opened yet. Anything that's not on screen is something that we feel free to play with, so that's the best I can do."
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