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Better Call Saul (season 3)

The third season of the American television drama series Better Call Saul premiered on April 10, 2017, and concluded on June 19, 2017. The ten-episode season was broadcast on Monday nights in the United States on AMC. Better Call Saul is a spin-off of Breaking Bad created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould who also worked on Breaking Bad.

Better Call Saul (season 3)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Original network AMC
Original release April 10 (2017-04-10) – June 19, 2017 (2017-06-19)
Season chronology
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List of Better Call Saul episodes

The third season begins right after the end of the second season, which took place in late 2002, by the time the season concludes, the year is 2003. Bob Odenkirk reprises his role as James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, a lawyer who is engaged in a sibling-feud with his lawyer brother Chuck (Michael McKean), who believes Jimmy is unfit to be a lawyer and plots to have him disbarred. Jonathan Banks also reprises his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, who is in partnership with Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) while Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), is plotting trying to murder their rival, Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis).




Giancarlo Esposito returned in this season, reprising his role in Breaking Bad to play Gus Fring

This season of Better Call Saul features the return of several Breaking Bad cast members, most notably Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring), who returned in the second episode "Witness".[1] In a Q&A with AMC, Esposito expressed excitement on his return into the Breaking Bad world saying, "I’m extremely excited. I’m over the moon. I love this family of filmmakers a great deal. I know Better Call Saul is a little bit of a different show than Breaking Bad was and I love the success it’s had. It has such wonderful talent in the show. Bob Odenkirk is just stellar. Obviously the opportunity to tell some of the backstory of Gus and how he rose to power and how he came to be is always something I’ve wanted to explore in a very subtle way in the right venue." He also distinguished the show's version of Gus from the original show describing his character as "a little fresher, a little less jaded. The time period alone takes us to a time where his look may be little bit different. I wanted him to be little more hopeful, a little more energetic, maybe not as definitive in some of his actions because he’s a Gus that we’ve never met before."[2]

All of the main cast returns for this season. Bob Odenkirk returns as James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill. Jonathan Banks returns as Mike Ehrmantraut. Rhea Seehorn returns as Kimberly "Kim" Wexler. Michael McKean returns as Charles L. "Chuck" McGill, Jr., Jimmy's elder brother. Patrick Fabian returns as Howard Hamlin and Michael Mando as Ignacio "Nacho" Varga. This is the first season of Better Call Saul to feature Giancarlo Esposito as a member of the main cast.


Better Call Saul is set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the same location as its predecessor.[3]

In the first scene from the first episode of season 3, Saul (now under the Gene Takovic alias), is at his workplace in a Nebraska Cinnabon. This scene in the first three season premieres are all set in Omaha, but all three scenes were filmed in Albuquerque at the Cottonwood Mall.[4]

Cast and charactersEdit



  • Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca, Tuco's uncle and leader of the Salamanca drug ring.
  • Jeremiah Bitsui as Victor, Gus' henchman, reprising his role from Breaking Bad.
  • Kerry Condon as Stacey Ehrmantraut, Mike's widowed daughter-in-law and the mother of Kaylee Ehrmantraut.
  • Tina Parker as Francesca Liddy, Saul's secretary, reprising her role from Breaking Bad.
  • Omar Maskati as Omar, Jimmy's assistant at Davis & Main.
  • Vincent Fuentes as Arturo, a criminal associate of Hector Salamanca.
  • Rex Linn as Kevin Wachtell, chairman of Mesa Verde Bank and Trust and a client of HHM and Kim.
  • Cara Pifko as Paige Novick, senior legal counsel for Mesa Verde Bank and Trust and a friend of Kim.
  • Ann Cusack as Rebecca Bois, Chuck's ex-wife.
  • Tamara Tunie as Anita, a support group member.
  • Manuel Uriza as Ximenez Lecerda, an associate of Hector Salamanca.
  • Josh Fadem as Camera Guy, a film student who helps Jimmy on various projects.
  • Hayley Holmes as Drama Girl, a film student who helps Jimmy on various projects.
  • Brandon K. Hampton as Ernesto, Chuck's assistant who works at HHM.
  • Jean Effron as Irene, an elderly client of Jimmy McGill overcharged by Sandpiper Crossing.
  • Joe DeRosa as Dr. Caldera, a veterinarian who serves as Mike's liaison to the criminal underworld.
  • Juan Carlos Cantu as Manuel Varga, Nacho's father who is the owner of a car restoration shop.

Guest starsEdit


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
211"Mabel"Vince GilliganVince Gilligan & Peter GouldApril 10, 2017 (2017-04-10)1.81[7]
In a flash-forward, "Gene" watches a shoplifter hide in a mall photo booth. He points the shoplifter out to guards but yells at him to stay silent and obtain counsel. Jimmy helps Chuck remove the foil from his walls and reminiscences over a children’s book they read together, but Chuck promises consequences for the fraud that humiliated him. Chuck plays Jimmy's confession to Howard, who says it has no legal value, but Chuck assures Howard it has a use. Chuck later asks Ernesto to change the player’s batteries and Ernesto hears the confession, but Chuck swears him to secrecy. Determined to discover how someone knew his location and prevented him from killing Hector, Mike dismantles his car without success, then finds a tracking device in his gas cap. He obtains a similar one, replaces the tracker from his car with the new one, drains the battery of the one he took from his car, and stays up overnight. Someone replaces Mike’s gas cap, thinking he’s picked up the tracker with the dead battery. He’s actually carrying the tracker Mike installed, which enables Mike to find out where the person who switches tracking devices takes the ones he removes.
222"Witness"Vince GilliganThomas SchnauzApril 17, 2017 (2017-04-17)1.46[8]
Chuck meets with a private investigator. Mike follows the individuals who changed tracking devices on his car. They meet with a courier, who Mike tails until he stops at Los Pollos Hermanos. Mike asks Jimmy to watch the courier inside the restaurant. Jimmy notices nothing unusual and reports to Mike in Mike’s car as Gus watches from a distance. Mike notices Victor leave, and the tracking device from Mike’s car is again active, so Mike follows him. When the device is again stationary, Mike finds it with his gas cap and a cell phone in the middle of a remote stretch of road. The phone rings, and Mike picks it up to answer. Ernesto tells Kim he heard Jimmy’s taped confession. Kim has Jimmy engage her as counsel to obtain attorney-client privilege and tells him about the tape. She tells Jimmy it’s useless in court and wonders what Chuck is planning, so she suggests Jimmy wait for Chuck to make the first move. Jimmy angrily breaks in to Chuck’s house and destroys the tape. Howard and the private investigator reveal themselves and tell Chuck they witnessed the crimes Jimmy committed, enabling Chuck to report him to the police.
233"Sunk Costs"John ShibanGennifer HutchisonApril 24, 2017 (2017-04-24)1.52[9]
Gus and Mike come to agreement. Gus will stop tracking Mike and Mike will not kill Hector. Upon quick deliberation, however, Mike agrees to once again try to attract police attention to Hector and meets with Barry Goodman to pick up a package of cocaine as one part of this plan. Jimmy is arrested following a few harsh but hesitant words with Chuck and chooses to represent himself (against Kim's wishes), pleads not guilty and posts bail. Jimmy later explains what happened during his break-in and tells Kim to work on Mesa Verde while he works his own legal battle, to which she flatly agrees. The prosecutor in Jimmy's case, Hay, meets with Chuck and tells him that she doesn't plan to let Jimmy off easy. Chuck wishes to seek a "better solution for everyone." Elsewhere, Mike stuffs the cocaine into a pair of shoes, hangs the shoes from a phone wire, and shoots them with a sniper rifle as a truck owned by Hector rolls by—causing the cocaine to fly through the air and land on the moving truck. When the truck reaches the border, a drug-sniffing hound is alerted to it and two of Hector's men are arrested by the DEA. Jimmy talks with Kim outside of Wexler-McGill and informs her that he can avoid jail time, but will have to confess to his felony break-in and submit his confession to the New Mexico Bar Association, which will likely result in disbarment. Kim convinces Jimmy to let her help him fight Chuck's plot.
244"Sabrosito"Thomas SchnauzJonathan GlatzerMay 1, 2017 (2017-05-01)1.56[10]
Hector delivers his tribute to Don Eladio, but is humiliated when Gus sends a significantly larger tribute via Juan Bolsa, earning Don Eladio's favor and ridicule towards Hector. Hector confronts Gus at Los Pollos Hermanos and attempts to threaten him into using his trucks to move his drugs, now that the police have closed off his main smuggling route. Gus sends payment to Mike for his services, but Mike refuses to accept it. Meanwhile, Jimmy hires Mike to pose as a handyman and uses the repair of Chuck's door as cover to photograph the interior of Chuck's house in order to document the bizarre living conditions. Mike returns to his day job, where Gus arrives to meet him. Gus probes Mike as to why he didn't accept his money, lets Mike know that he's interested in hiring him and reveals that he stopped Mike from killing Hector because "a bullet to the head would have been far too humane." Jimmy, Kim, Hamlin, Chuck and ADA Hay meet in order to finalize Jimmy's confession, with Jimmy agreeing to have his confession reviewed by the New Mexico Bar Association. After the meeting, Kim confronts Chuck, telling him that she suspects he has a copy of the tape. Chuck confirms her suspicions and states that he plans to submit the tape as evidence in Jimmy's disciplinary hearing. Kim then relays the information to Jimmy, revealing that having Chuck admit the existence of the second tape was all according to their plan.
255"Chicanery"Daniel SackheimGordon SmithMay 8, 2017 (2017-05-08)1.76[11]
In a flashback, Chuck invites Rebecca over for dinner and comes up with an elaborate lie about the power to his house being cut so he doesn't have to reveal his EHS to her. However, Rebecca answers her cell phone, causing Chuck to knock it out of her hands in a panic. He refuses to explain his actions to her and forbids Jimmy from revealing the truth. In the present, both sides gear up for Jimmy’s hearing in front of the New Mexico Bar Association after Jimmy meets with Caldera to acquire the services of "someone with a light touch." At the hearing, things do not seem to go well for Jimmy as the tape is played before the committee. Rebecca enters the courtroom, much to Chuck’s surprise, though he believes it's some ploy by Jimmy to throw him off balance. Later, Jimmy cross-examines Chuck about the circumstances of the recording, Rebecca’s presence and his illness. Though Chuck remains calm throughout most of it, Jimmy reveals that Chuck had been carrying a fully charged cell phone battery planted by Huell for the entire hearing, contradicting the EHS symptoms Chuck claimed to have and suggesting he has a mental illness. This triggers a sudden and acidic tirade from Chuck as he vents all of his frustrations about Jimmy and how he never should have tried to help him. Chuck realizes, too late, that his outburst has shocked the entire courtroom, including the committee.
266"Off Brand"Keith GordonAnn CherkisMay 15, 2017 (2017-05-15)1.72[12]
After being forced by Hector to beat Domingo "Krazy-8" Molina, one of his dealers, for coming up short, Nacho begins to grow disillusioned. Jimmy is given only a year's suspension in the aftermath of his legal battle with Chuck. Afterwards, while he and Kim celebrate, Rebecca asks Jimmy to help with Chuck, who has shuttered himself in his home, but Jimmy refuses, no longer calling Chuck his brother. Chuck later admits Howard into his home. Howard suggests to Chuck that he forget about Jimmy and look to the future, which Chuck appears to agree to. However, Chuck is later seen walking through the streets of Albuquerque, dialing Dr. Cruz, the doctor who diagnosed his condition, over a payphone. Gus orders his henchmen to allow Nacho to take the extra portion, as he is scouting a commercial laundry with Lydia Rodarte-Quayle. Nacho returns to Hector with the drugs, though Hector wants a new smuggling route and decides to use Nacho's father's car restoration business as a front over Nacho's objections. Hector drops one of his medication capsules, which Nacho steals. After personally bidding a year's farewell to his clients, Jimmy must figure out how to recoup money spent on his remaining television commercial slots. With the help of his college film crew, he uses a loophole in his contract to sell the slots via a new series of commercials, in which Jimmy poses as a character named Saul Goodman.
277"Expenses"Thomas SchnauzThomas SchnauzMay 22, 2017 (2017-05-22)1.65[13]
Jimmy tries to fulfill his court-mandated community service while also trying to sell his commercials, but can't convince any of them to sign on for more than one or two spots, and more often, none at all. Cash in hand from the few spots Jimmy does secure rapidly nets deeper and deeper losses, but Jimmy papers over this careening towards poverty by bravely giving his film crew and Kim Wexler the very last of his money and insisting he is not maxing out his credit cards. Finally, in a parking lot after yet another net-loss, Jimmy collapses on the ground and stays there, clearly exhausted. Meanwhile, Nacho approaches Pryce with the pill stolen from Hector and offers to pay Pryce to obtain copies of the capsules with no medication. At a meeting with Mesa Verde, Kim reveals that she feels some regret for destroying Chuck's reputation in the disciplinary hearing. While having dinner with Jimmy, she wonders whether they did the right thing and Jimmy replies what happened to Chuck was his own fault and that she should forget about him. Mike begins construction on the new playground and receives some help from the other members of Stacey's support group, including a woman named Anita. Upon returning to work, he is approached by Pryce, who wants to hire him as a bodyguard again to keep an eye on Nacho, which Mike declines. At a meeting, Mike begins to befriend Anita as she recounts how her husband mysteriously disappeared on a hiking trip and the fact that she doesn't know what happened to him constantly troubles her. Apparently touched by Anita's story, Mike calls Pryce and agrees to be his bodyguard. At the meeting with Nacho, Mike learns the full story about Hector's desire to force Nacho's father into the drug trade and the plan to replace Hector's medication with fake pills. Mike agrees not to interfere, but advises Nacho to switch the pills back after Hector dies so they cannot be traced back to him.
288"Slip"Adam BernsteinHeather MarionJune 5, 2017 (2017-06-05)1.63[14]
In a flashback, Jimmy and Marco recover some coins from the remnants of the McGill's old general store to use in an upcoming con. Jimmy berates Marco for calling his father beloved, instead criticizing his "soft touch" for anyone who told him a sob story. In the present, Chuck consults with Dr. Cruz, and admits that the events of the disciplinary hearing demonstrated that his EHS may not be real. Dr. Cruz agrees to help Chuck, and he is able to walk to a store to buy groceries on his own. However, he is met by Howard, who informs him there is a problem with his malpractice insurance. Jimmy's guitar store clients become suspicious of his motives and refuse to pay him. Jimmy stages a "slip and fall" con, intentionally slipping on a drum stick and injuring himself in the process. While at lunch, Kim is offered a new client from her Mesa Verde companions when she encounters Howard. She tries to pay back her law school loans to Howard, though he refuses and coldly accuses her of betraying the firm, to which Kim replies that he should not have tried to cover up Chuck's condition. Kim returns to the office to find Jimmy lying on the floor, with his half of the rent, indicating he used the "slip and fall" to coerce the guitar shop into paying him off. Despite Jimmy's assurances, Kim still expresses doubts about Jimmy's ability to pay and considers taking on another client. Jimmy later is able to make $700 during his community service, helping a drug dealer "see his sick child" by threatening the supervisor. Nacho puts his plan to kill Hector in motion, successfully switching his heart medication pills with a carefully prepared substitute containing only ibuprofen. Mike, using information he gained from Nacho, tracks down the body of the Good Samaritan that Hector shot (in "Nailed") and reports the discovery to the police. Later that night, Mike approaches Gus to seek help in laundering the remaining $200,000 he stole from Hector so that it can be left to his family. Gus agrees, warning Mike that the process will be difficult, and both men shake hands.
299"Fall"Minkie SpiroGordon SmithJune 12, 2017 (2017-06-12)1.47[15]
Jimmy talks with the Sandpiper class action representative Irene to get an update on the Sandpiper case, and realizes that Sandpiper has already offered a settlement deal which if D&M and HHM accept, would give Jimmy over $1 million as his share of the settlement. Jimmy tries to convince Howard to accept the settlement, but Howard sees through Jimmy's motivations and refuses. Meanwhile, Howard and Chuck meet with their malpractice insurance agency, who propose either raising HHM's premium or having Chuck supervised at all times. Chuck refuses to negotiate and instead decides to fight the insurance company in court. This proves to be the last straw for Howard, who informs Chuck that he will be forced to retire since his judgment can no longer be trusted. Chuck responds by suing HHM for $8 million, the value of his share of the practice. Mike is hired on as a "security consultant" to Madrigal on Gus' recommendation to launder his stolen money, and Kim takes on Gatwood Oil as a second client. Nacho admits to his father that he is working for Hector, and begs him to follow Hector's orders. Furious, Nacho's father tells Nacho to leave his house. In order to secure the Sandpiper settlement, Jimmy pulls a series of cons and social manipulation to trick Irene into thinking that holding out on the Sandpiper settlement is against the interests of her fellow elderly clients and she moves to accept it, giving Jimmy his much needed fee. He returns to the office to give the good news to Kim, but she is too busy preparing for an important meeting with Gatwood Oil and leaves in a rush. However, due to her fatigue from overwork, Kim falls asleep at the wheel and drives her car off the side of the road, crashing into a boulder.
3010"Lantern"Peter GouldGennifer HutchisonJune 19, 2017 (2017-06-19)1.85[16]
In a flashback, a young Chuck reads a story to a young Jimmy under the light of a lantern. In the present, Kim suffers a broken arm from the car accident, and decides to take the opportunity to take a leave of absence from law practice. Jimmy, feeling partly responsible for Kim's situation, finally agrees to break their office lease and have Kim work out of her own home to save costs. Meanwhile, Chuck is forced out of HHM when Howard pays off his $8 million share out of his own pocket. Hector arrives at Nacho's father's shop and attempts to bribe him for his loyalty. Under Nacho's urging, Nacho's father reluctantly accepts the bribe, but Hector remains suspicious of him. With no other choice, Nacho attempts to assassinate Hector but is caught up in a meeting between Hector, Gus, and Bolsa. Bolsa reminds Hector that it is under Don Eladio's orders that all smuggling operations will be handled by Gus, which enrages Hector and triggers a heart attack, forcing him to be hospitalized. In the chaos, Nacho is able to switch Hector's fake medication back with his real pills, but Gus gives him a suspicious look. Jimmy meanwhile tries to make amends with Chuck, but Chuck coldly cuts ties with Jimmy. Jimmy then tries to mend relations between Irene and her friends, but is unable to since Irene's friends remain suspicious of her. Jimmy then constructs a situation where Irene and her friends overhear him discuss his fraud, which both vindicates Irene and cancels the Sandpiper settlement. After forcing Jimmy away, Chuck's EHS symptoms begin to re-emerge, and he becomes obsessed with disabling all electronic devices in his home to the point of tearing walls open to remove the wiring. He eventually reaches a breaking point and intentionally knocks the gas lantern over, setting fire to his house while he is still inside.

Talking SaulEdit

These episodes discuss season three of Better Call Saul.

No. in
Episode discussedGuestsOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
31"Mabel"Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Jonathan Banks and Rhea SeehornApril 10, 2017 (2017-04-10)0.545[17]
42"Lantern"Peter Gould, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando; Michael McKean via satelliteJune 19, 2017 (2017-06-19)0.589[18]


The third season of Better Call Saul, much like the previous two, received critical acclaim, particularly for the character development of Jimmy McGill. On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season has an approval rating of 97% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 8.82/10. The site's critical consensus is, "Better Call Saul shows no signs of slipping in season 3, as the introduction of more familiar faces causes the inevitable transformation of its lead to pick up exciting speed."[19] On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the season has a score of 87 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[20]

Terri Schwartz of IGN gave the third season 9.1/10, giving praise to Jimmy's character development, stating, "Better Call Saul was better than it's ever been in Season 3."[21] Verne Gay of Newsday gave it an "A+" grade and wrote, "Based on the first two episodes, Saul is making a case that it could be even better than Breaking Bad."[22]


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Mabel" April 10, 2017 0.7 1.81[7] 1.0 2.25 1.7 4.06[23]
2 "Witness" April 17, 2017 0.5 1.46[8] 1.0 2.30 1.5 3.76[24]
3 "Sunk Costs" April 24, 2017 0.5 1.52[9] 0.9 1.95 1.4 3.47[25]
4 "Sabrosito" May 1, 2017 0.6 1.56[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Chicanery" May 8, 2017 0.6 1.76[11] 1.0 2.41 1.6 4.16[26]
6 "Off Brand" May 15, 2017 0.6 1.72[12] 1.1 2.47 1.7 4.19[27]
7 "Expenses" May 22, 2017 0.7 1.65[13] 1.0 2.55 1.7 4.20[28]
8 "Slip" June 5, 2017 0.5 1.63[14] 1.1 2.45 1.6 4.09[29]
9 "Fall" June 12, 2017 0.5 1.47[15] 1.1 2.77 1.6 4.24[30]
10 "Lantern" June 19, 2017 0.6 1.85[16] 0.9 2.34 1.5 4.19[31]

Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.


Ceremony Category Recipients Result
69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards[32] Outstanding Music Supervision Thomas Golubić ("Sunk Costs") Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Skip Macdonald ("Chicanery") Nominated
Kelley Dixon and Skip Macdonald ("Witness") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) Phillip W. Palmer, Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine ("Witness") Nominated
69th Primetime Emmy Awards[33][34] Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bob Odenkirk Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Vince Gilligan ("Witness") Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Gordon Smith ("Chicanery") Nominated
75th Golden Globe Awards[35] Best Actor – Television Series Drama Bob Odenkirk Nominated
24th Screen Actors Guild Awards[36] Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Bob Odenkirk Nominated
70th Writers Guild of America Awards[37] Drama Series Better Call Saul Nominated
Episodic Drama Gordon Smith ("Chicanery") Won
Heather Marion ("Slip") Nominated
22nd Satellite Awards[38] Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film Michael McKean Won
54th Cinema Audio Society Awards[39] Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series – One Hour Phillip W. Palmer, Larry B. Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Matt Hovland and David Michael Torres ("Lantern") Nominated
44th Saturn Awards[40] Best Action-Thriller Television Series Better Call Saul Won
Best Supporting Actor on Television Michael McKean Won
Best Supporting Actress on Television Rhea Seehorn Won


Chuck's fateEdit

Jimmy tries to make amends with Chuck in the season 3 finale, "Lantern", but Chuck coldly cuts ties with Jimmy. After forcing Jimmy away, Chuck's EHS symptoms begin to re-emerge, and he becomes obsessed with disabling all electronic devices in his home to the point of tearing walls open to remove the wiring. He eventually reaches a breaking point and knocks the gas lantern over, setting fire to his house, while he is still inside. After this scene there was much speculation as to what happened to Chuck after the fire started. Showrunner Peter Gould said, "I don't want to define anything more than what's on screen".[41] Michael McKean, who played Chuck, told Vulture: "I got a call on my cell from Peter [and] Vince [Gilligan]. I said, 'If this is the death call, I'm going to pull over.' And that's what I did. I pulled into the parking lot of the bookstore and I called them back and they told me what they had planned. They told me they had laughed about what I had said, but they had to deliver it." When asked if his character was dead, McKean said, "I am. I know they want to bring me in for some flashbacks this coming season, but that's kind of beside the point."[42]

Home mediaEdit

The third season was released on Blu-ray and DVD in region 1 on January 16, 2018. The set contains all 10 episodes, plus audio commentaries for every episode and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.[43]


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