Warning: this article contains spoilers for You better call Saul Season 6, episode 8
You better call SaulTime is coming to an end, which means his timeline is getting closer to the breaking Bad timeline we all know and love. The spin-off based on morally corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) from breaking Bad introduced us to characters we had never seen in the original series but grew to become attached to. Aside from Saul’s wife and smarter better half Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), no one else You better call Saul generated as much fanfare as mustachioed Mexican threat Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton). And after last night’s episode, we finally find out how he got into the breaking Bad timeline in the most unexpected way.
For the vast majority of the last season of You better call Saul, Lalo devised a secret scheme to expose and kill Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) for trying to have him murdered at the end of Season 5. He fakes his own death, tracks down an engineer who helped Gus build his secret superlab , and monitored Gus’ operation from inside a sewer. He knows that it was Gus who tried to kill him, but he must convince cartel leader Don Eladio of Gus’s disloyalty before he can exact revenge. Remember, Gus created the superlab as a way to break free from the cartel’s oppressive clutches by running his own meth distribution operation without their knowledge.
At the end of the mid-season finale, with his plan ready to go into action, Lalo shows up at Saul and Kim’s apartment to scare them into killing Gus, but not before he shoots and kills Howard Hamlin. (Patrick Fabian) disgruntled and drunk who falls victim to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. This sets the stage for Lalo to finally start putting his pawns in motion for a climatic end to his cerebral chess match with a deservedly paranoid Gus. The end result may have been predictable, but the breaking Bad the twist was one no one could have foreseen.
Lalo is he dead?
Lalo’s biggest shadow in You better call Saul hovered over the middle finger breaking Bad characters (Hector Salamanca, Gus Fring, and Saul Goodman) and dynamics (Gus’ relationship with Don Eladio’s cartel), the more likely his absence from the latter decided his fate in the former. The only way to eliminate a guerrilla tactician like Lalo who faked his death using a hidden tunnel under a pull-out toilet is with blind luck, which is exactly what Gus used to do.
After Lalo uses Kim and Saul as frightened decoys to divert Gus’s guards from the El Pollo Loco boss to search for him, he finally gets his showdown with Gus inside the Lavandería Brillante laundromat housing the construction site of the Gus’ meth lab. As much as Lalo wanted to kill the man who had sent mercenaries to his home to assassinate him, so he returned to Albuquerque to get first proof of Gus’ betrayal and then his revenge. This turned out to be his fatal mistake as he chose to force Gus to show him around the secret meth lab construction site while he haughtily films the entire ordeal to show Don Eladio. This gave Gus enough time to turn off the lights by slamming his foot on a wire connected to the lights, blanketing the two enemies in darkness lit only by the bullets they blindly fire at each other. After one of the most complex revenge plots of all You better call Saul story, Lalo falls victim to the luck of the draw, and one of Gus’ bullets blasts its way through the darkness into Lalo’s neck, forcing him to bleed to his death.
If you are surprised by Lalo’s death, you are not alone. During a screening of last night’s episode at the Tribeca Film Festival, Dalton expressed his initial shock at learning that his popular character was coming to an end, but he was still reveling in his time on the show. “Before even starting, [Better Call Saul creators Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan] told me, “This episode is the last you’re gonna do,” Dalton said. “I said, ‘You kill me on [episode] 8? Very well! It was a good race.
Before the end of Lalo’s final episode, Mike decides to kill two birds with a single forklift by burying Lalo and Howard in the same grave dug at the construction site. Dalton clarified that the overhead view of Howard and Lalo’s body lying in the grave was actually him and Fabian lying lifeless in a fetal position for quite a while. This is where his You better call Saul life ends, and its breaking Bad the inheritance begins.
Lalo is he in Breaking Bad?
Tony Dalton’s name never appears in the credits of any breaking Bad episode and his poisonous mustachioed smile never appears in any scene in the series. But, Lalo finds his way in breaking Bad in two ways: name and skeleton. Any breaking Bad superfan (or anyone who knows how to do a Google search) knows that the first time they heard Lalo’s name was from the mouth of a scared Saul Goodman in the eighth episode of breaking BadThe second season titled “Better Call Saul”. After being kidnapped by Walt and Jesse, Saul begs them to spare his life, shouting “it was Ignacio” before fearfully asking if they were sent by Lalo. This is Lalo’s first entry into the Breaking Bad universe, but a more tangible inclusion would come in later episodes when Walt and Jesse would find themselves cooking meth for Gus in his superlab.
At one point, Gus completes the gigantic meth lab on top of Lalo and Howard’s corpses. So that means every time we saw Walt and Jesse brewing hundreds of pounds of meth or Gus slitting his henchman’s throat in the lab to send a message, it all happened over Lalo Salamanca’s corpse. . There’s no doubt that Gus felt a sense of joy not only surreptitiously building a drug empire under the noses of the oppressive cartel who murdered his best friend Max Arciniega, but doing it on the body of his nemesis.
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