But it will still have those lighter BCS moments we love, too, right?
Absolutely, and given how much heavy stuff is going on with everyone this season, that's no small thing. In the season premiere, for instance, Jimmy, Kim, and Howard -- as well as the ABQ's other top legal minds -- attend Chuck's funeral. But the premiere also includes one of the best Mike sequences ever, in which the former cop has a little fun and gets to use his incredible investigation skills to mess with uptight exec Lydia (oh yeah, she's back, too, still played so memorably by Laura Fraser) when he goes on a surprise field trip.
And there's plenty more Mike screen time this season, which hopefully leads Banks to the Emmy that has maddeningly continued to elude him despite his years of stellar work in the Gilligan/Gould universe. We'll see the complete story unfold as to how he became Gus's right-hand guy, the one who eventually carries out all those "full measures" on behalf of the Los Pollos Hermanos honcho. And, as is teased in the BCS preview above, Jimmy once again asks Mike to collaborate on a side hustle, which means we get to experience the joy of watching Mike not even bother to hide his dislike for and amusement by Slippin' Jimmy.
Is Jimmy going to officially, finally, become Saul Goodman this season?
Though Jimmy is certainly a more hardened, closer-to-Saul version of himself than he was when BCS premiered, he's still got enough McGill charms left to make us willing to wait out his ultimate transformation for at least a couple more seasons. But that is unlikely, and Gilligan and company have confirmed Jimmy's journey -- er, descent -- into Sauldom proceeds in Season 4. Again, we ain't spoiling anybody's fun, but there is a storyline with Jimmy in the season's second episode that will shed further light on this very question, and it is nothing short of chilling.
Gould, in the season preview above, also shares that, "The moments that are the most rewarding to me are the ones where (Jimmy) surprises us in the writers' room. And this season, Jimmy pulls some switcheroos the likes of which we've never seen before."