This forced her to reevaluate her place in HHM and decide to leave, and she set up a practice of her own, sharing office space and expenses with Jimmy, but in separate firms. He spared Walt, but the latter ended up being a fugitive. Hank has a cavalier exterior, but in reality the dark side of his job affects him more than he cares to admit leading him to suffer anxiety attacks from post-traumatic stress. Later, he personally takes part in the murder of New Mexico meth kingpin Declan and his associates, at the instruction of Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, so as to make Todd the sole meth cook and to take over Declan's territory. Hank contacts Roberts after Marie tells Hank about her predicament. She then urges Hank "to get" Walter. In the season 2 premiere, Tuco kidnaps Walt and Jesse and brings them to his disabled uncle Hector's decrepit shack of a home. No members of his own immediate family are known indicating he is likely an only child and both of his parents are deceased. After Hector starts planning to take over Nacho's father's business for his own use, Nacho turns on Hector and enacts a plan where he switches out Hector's heart medication for ibuprofen. This piques Hank's interest in the case, and he embarks on his own investigation of Gale and his ties to Fring. Mike refuses, but Hector makes repeated attempts to intimidate Mike into accepting, from having men break into Mike's house to having The Cousins threaten Mike's granddaughter. Huell inadvertently assaults a police officer while protecting Jimmy, and is arrested and faces up to two and a half years in prison as a result. Jack Welker He is in constant contact with Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, who tells him which containers she has taken off the manifests, which he sends to Golden Moth Chemical Company in Albuquerque, which in turn forwards them on to Lavanderia Brilliante and Gus's lab. In Better Call Saul the Cousins serve as Hector's enforcers. Watch video extras from Breaking Bad. His crystal meth, which is given the street name "Blue Sky," dominates the market, leading to confrontations with established drug makers and dealers. Adam and Diane renovate the home, preparing it for sale. He was portrayed by Michael Bowen, who also played Matches Malone in Gotham. He aids Walt and Jesse on several occasions by using his car crusher in addition to sharing his knowledge of the legal limits on police procedure and evidence gathering. Ted commits tax fraud to keep the company alive and save everyone's jobs, which he admits to Skyler when she finds irregularities in the company's books. Daniel Wormald (played by Mark Proksch), who uses the alias "Pryce", is a quirky and naive man who works for a pharmaceutical company, and decides to make extra money by selling stolen pills to a drug dealer (Nacho Varga). After Jesse cooks a successful batch, Eladio invites the three to a party at his villa attended by multiple capos of the cartel, toasting their new business venture with a bottle of premium tequila supplied by Gus, and chiding the latter for needing to be kept in line every twenty years. Krazy-8 and Emilio suspect Walter is involved with law enforcement and appear intent on killing him until Walter offers to teach Krazy-8 his drug formula. Subsequently, Walter spends that dollar in the vending machine to buy a can of soda. He tells Gale that Walt has terminal cancer and that meth production cannot halt because of its high overhead. [62] Since Skyler kept the books, she can be linked to Ted's tax fraud, likely placing her entire family under surveillance, so she intervenes by pretending at Ted's meeting with the IRS to be an unqualified bookkeeper hired only for her looks. However, instead of arranging a meeting, Walt instructs Jesse to kill Gale before Mike kills Walt, leaving Walter as the only chemist available to Gus. Bolsa tells Gus he will urge the Salamanca family to be patient but advises that Gus risks losing favor with the cartel if he does not finish his business with Walter quickly. He served time in prison with Tuco and introduces him to Jesse. Does Todd Die At the End of Breaking Bad? Mike then dispatches Chris in the same way that Chris killed Chow. He is also the cartel's liaison with Gus, and the one who arranges a meeting among Gus, the Cousins, and Hector to determine how to handle Walter following Tuco's death. The character Maximino Arciniega shares his name with the real-life actor who plays Krazy-8 in Season 1. Dennis agrees to keep his mouth shut when Mike ensures that he will still receive his money from the drug empire. Manuel, however, guesses Nacho was behind the deal, and refuses to sell, and urges Nacho to give himself up to the authorities as to get the protection he may need. After Chuck's death and losing his own license to practice for a year, Jimmy returned to practice under the "Saul Goodman" name, drawing on the criminal clientele he had gained through his side business of selling disposable cell phones over the year before. Donald's words inspire Walter to help Jesse get clean from heroin. "[3] Dressing in flashy suits, Saul maintains extensive connections within the criminal underworld and serves as a go-between connecting drug distributors, evidence removers, impersonators, and other criminals-for-hire. He is knowledgeable about the inner workings of Mexican gangs. Under the pretext of contacting Jesse to lure him to a meeting, Walt convinces Mike and Victor to allow him to call Jesse using his cell phone. He is horrified, particularly during later seasons, by the brutality at the higher levels of the drug trade, but remains involved with Walt because he is not sure what else he can do. After they are told by Jimmy to return to HHM, they accept, not wanting to risk their kids growing up without parents. He admires Mike's calm and calculated approach, especially when compared to Tuco's impulsive and irrational way of working. When the hit is narrowly avoided through the intervention of Mike and Gus, The Cousins bring Hector to a meeting with Gus. [19] Hank's DEA colleagues present him a paperweight embedded with Tuco's grill as a trophy, which he initially prizes but later throws into a river in disgust. However unbeknownst to Jack, Walt had smuggled in a remote controlled M60 machine gun in the trunk of his car. They buy the car wash where Walter had recently moonlighted. During a key meeting between Hector and Gus, Hector has a heart attack due to the placebo, and Gus catches Nacho trying to switch back the pills. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids Tuco's headquarters before they can execute their plan. Then Jesse is threatened with Brock's death if he attempts to escape again. Howard Hamlin (portrayed by Patrick Fabian) is the name partner and general go-to guy toeing the company line for hugely successful Albuquerque law firm Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill. Originally hired at the Wexler-McGill law firm, she continued to work for Jimmy when he re-branded himself as Saul. Walter assigns Jack to watch over the house in case Jesse makes an appearance. The Group Leader is seen again in Season 4, when Jesse returns to a session distraught about killing Gale. Bogdan Wolynetz (played by Marius Stan) is the owner and proprietor of the car wash at which Walt is employed at the beginning of the series. Gustavo Fring | When Walter is lured to the money's location by Jesse, he calls Jack's crew for help, but calls it off when he sees Hank and Gomez are with Jesse. Mike tracks Werner down at a local spa, but so does Lalo Salamanca, to whom Werner mistakenly reveals construction details before Mike ends the call. Later in the episode, it is implied that Walter disposed of Krazy-8's body with hydrofluoric acid in the same manner as Emilio's. Though Gale is capable of producing meth, the quality pales in comparison to the blue meth that Walter has produced for Gus. Richard Schweikart (played by Dennis Boutsikaris) is the co-founder of the Schweikart & Cokely law firm. By the time of Breaking Bad, Saul has established an office in a strip mall and advertises across the city. However, when the 2007–2008 writers' strike cut the season short, the writers reworked their ideas and he remained alive until the last season.[14]. Andrea is a recovering meth addict and single mother. Hector refuses to cooperate and defecates in his pants, much to the disgust of everyone in the interrogation room. Though brutal, Hector is very loyal. Jack and Todd also take Jesse Pinkman, Walt’s former partner in the meth operation, as a slave to cook their meth in their own private lab. Walt then proceeds to tackle Jesse to the floor and activate the weapon, which wounds Jack and kills all of his men, except Todd. Later, she provides Walt with a new market in the Czech Republic, using her resources and network to distribute the meth in large quantities. Hired more for his size and pickpocketing skills than his intelligence, he has a condition approximating narcolepsy (e.g., he falls asleep at odd times, such as when standing up or while on security detail), and has digestive problems that keep him from being as stoic as Saul would like. In Season 4, she and Jesse reunite. [7], Steven Gomez (played by Steven Michael Quezada) is Hank's DEA partner and friend since Season 1. When Gus is revealed to be a drug kingpin, Merkert is permanently relieved of his duties in the DEA due mainly to his and Gus's extensive personal interactions and the subsequent doubt cast on Merkert's integrity following Gus's downfall.[17]. Despite his flamboyant appearance and mannerisms—punctuated by his outrageous low-budget TV commercials—Saul is a highly competent lawyer who is able to solve problems and find loopholes in order to protect his clients. Gretchen discovers that Walter lied to his family, having told them she and Elliott are paying for his treatment, and is horrified when Walter angrily and bitterly blames her and Elliott for ruining his life. Before the release of El Camino, Netflix dropped a teaser trailer of the DEA interrogating Pete on Jesse's whereabouts. She shoplifts compulsively—apparently a manifest symptom of kleptomania—a behavior for which she sees a therapist. After Chuck (correctly) suspected Jimmy of altering Mesa Verde documents to regain the bank as a client for Kim, Ernesto is enlisted to investigate, eventually finding the 24/7 copy store where Jimmy carried out the alterations. Gale Boetticher (played by David Costabile) is a chemist hired by Gus Fring to help set up the new laboratory and serve as Walt's "lab assistant." Jesse subsequently seeks retribution upon the dealers for Combo's murder and the murder of Tomas, putting him at odds with Gus Fring. Tuco Salamanca | [22] It is possible that Gus and Max's relationship may have been a romantic one; series creator Vince Gilligan commented that they "probably were lovers," although he never completely confirmed or denied if that was the case.[23]. Gale agrees to take over the lab full-time after one more cook with Walt. He is also reluctant to be associated with violence or murder. Nearly all of her household and clothing items are shades of the color purple. Hank is physically unharmed as he was far enough from the explosion, but later develops post-traumatic stress syndrome. In El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Todd appears in flashbacks that take place after Jesse's failed escape attempt and Andrea's death. [16] Following Hank's shooting and subsequent recovery, Merkert welcomes Hank back to work but refuses to act on Hank's suspicions of Gus Fring beyond a basic interview. When first introduced in Better Call Saul, Tuco is second-in-command of the Salamanca drug family in Albuquerque under Hector. It is while Jesse is waiting for the disappearer that he realizes his marijuana is gone and understands that Huell had earlier pickpocketed from him the ricin cigarette that Walt had intended for Jesse to use in killing Gus. Hector convinces Mike to claim the gun was his, so that Tuco is convicted on a lesser charge of assault and receives a shorter sentence. Marco opened fire on Hank, who escaped out the passenger side door and crawled away. Hector loathes Gustavo Fring, calling him "chicken man" ("hombre gallina" in Spanish, literally "hen man") and a "dirty South American". Likewise, Gus despises Hector for killing Max[22] and goes out of his way to torment the former kingpin by allowing Hector to live while he sees his younger relatives die, one by one. Soon, he and Skinny Pete begin to find the meetings helpful and continue to attend regularly. [37] After Hector tells them about Walter, the cousins quickly tracked him to his house and were waiting inside to kill him when Mike informed Victor of their presence. Gaff is present when the cartel is poisoned; Mike garrotes him as he checks on the ill Eladio.[34]. Despite his criminal lifestyle, Jesse is far more conscientious than Walt. Ed is one of only two characters to appear in Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and El Camino, along with Mike Ehrmantraut. She helps Jesse maintain an alibi and withstands an intense interrogation from Hank Schrader on Jesse's behalf. Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (played by Laura Fraser) is an executive of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, working out of the company's office in Houston, Texas. Within Breaking Bad, it is Bolsa who orders Tortuga's execution by The Cousins and later places his head on a booby-trapped tortoise for the DEA to find. Jack shoots Hank in the head, and Walt collapses to the ground in despair. During Season 1, Badger leaves the job to briefly team up with Jesse in order to cook crystal meth. When Lalo Salamanca arrives to take over the Salamanca operation, Gus threaten to kill Manuel unless Nacho becomes Lalo's confidante; Nacho tries to discretely have an associate buy Manuel's shop so that Manuel would no longer be compelled to stay in Albuquerque and move away for his safety. [22], Maximino Arciniega (played by James Martinez) is Gus's partner. Tim Roberts (played by Nigel Gibbs) is a detective with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), who works closely with Hank Schrader and the DEA under George Merkert's watch. Initially one of the dealers, he takes on a lieutenant role under Nacho after Hector Salamanca suffers a stroke and becomes paralyzed, and continues in this position when Lalo Salamanca arrives from Mexico to oversee operations. Walt's descent, Macbeth-like,[1] into the criminal underworld unearths immense levels of deeply repressed ambition, rage, resentment, vanity, and an increasing ruthlessness which alienates him from his family and colleagues. When Mike sends Jesse to Houston to pick up the next shipment, he and Lydia find a GPS tracker at the bottom of one of the barrels. Todd was first introduced in the Breaking Bad season 5 episode titled "Hazard Pay." Besty Kettleman (played by Julie Ann Emery) and her husband Craig Kettleman (played by Jeremy Shamos) are clients of James "Jimmy" McGill. [26] After Gus's death, Chow starts being questioned by the DEA, as he was on Gus's payroll at the time of Gus's murder. Series creator Vince Gilligan explained Walt's motive for allowing Jane to die during a 2013 panel discussion about Breaking Bad at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, stating that Walt was afraid Jane's bad influence would lead Jesse to an early death from heroin overdose.[48]. They ensure his cooperation when Todd murdering Jesse's ex-girlfriend in front of him and threatening to do the same to her son should he not fully comply. A month later, he returns to work as an air traffic controller while still distraught and causes a mid-air collision of two airplanes just above Albuquerque. Combo calls his friend Skinny Pete to report two men are "mad eyeballing" him. In Season 3, Walt makes an awkward pass at her (as an attempt at "revenge" for Skyler's infidelity with Ted), resulting in him being placed on an indefinite sabbatical. Later, when Tuco finds Gonzo is not returning his calls, he falsely believes Gonzo is working as a police informant. Craig, a county treasurer, being investigated on the disappearance of $1.6 million in county funds, calls Jimmy for help. After Chuck is hospitalized from questioning the copy store clerk (as a result of his EHS), Ernesto covers for Jimmy by explaining to Chuck that Jimmy's quick arrival to aid him was because of him calling Jimmy ahead of time. Pamela (played by Julie Dretzin) is a divorce attorney hired by Skyler in the third season. Bryan Cranston, Actor: Breaking Bad. Of course I've got a crush on the comic-tattoo-artist, reminding me a lot on Mia Wallace from "Pulp Fiction". Tuco Salamanca (played by Raymond Cruz) is a Mexican drug kingpin, and nephew to Hector. Hank is eventually promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA in Albuquerque but is still determined to solve the "Heisenberg" case, which ultimately leads to his demise. He observes that Kim Wexler is both highly skilled and underappreciated at HHM, and offers her a job at S&C, which she declines. Fring complies and then explains his ties to Boetticher, who won one of Gus's Maximino Arciniega scholarships that Gale used to pursue degrees in chemistry. As Jack attempts to crawl away from the carnage, Walt picks up a a pistol from one of the fallen gangsters and aims it at him. He secretly begins working with Mike Ehrmantraut at the end of season 1. At the start of events of Breaking Bad, Tuco is one of the first major drug deals that Walt and Jesse approach to sell their product. He holds an MS degree in organic chemistry, with a specialty in X-ray crystallography. In the 2019 movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Jesse hears a radio news report that confirms Walt's death and mentions that a woman from Houston, presumably Lydia, is critically ill after having been poisoned. Make money in the meth business (succeeded thus far).Kill Hank Schrader and Steve Gomez (succeeded).Kill Walter White (failed). Lydia later is present when Gus discreetly reports to Peter, the CEO of Madrigal about the situation with Lalo Salamanca that is stalling the construction of his superlab, but assures the both that he has plans to deal with Lalo. Howard is one of life's winners. [62] Her supposed incompetence forestalls a full investigation, provided Ted pays the back taxes and penalties. [50], Christian "Combo" Ortega (played by Rodney Rush) is Jesse's friend and a dealer of Jesse's methamphetamine. After Walt kills Mike, Todd helps dispose of Mike's car and body, and Walt uses Jack's prison connections to eliminate Gus's nine living former employees and their lawyer to keep them from exposing Walt. Jimmy, as Saul Goodman, creates a ploy that draws Hank to see Domingo, and through Saul's machinations, secures Domingo's release by assuring that he will be Hank's CI. Marie works as a radiologic technologist. Skyler confides in Pamela that Walter is a drug dealer, and Pamela urges her to contact the police. Marie eagerly offers to help Hank when Jesse agrees to confess about Walt's crimes. Ernesto (portrayed by Brandon K. Hampton) is a friend of Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler from when the three of them were employed in the mail room at HHM. Mike makes a cameo in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie where he and Jesse discuss their plans before quitting the drug business. Jesse recruits Skinny Pete to deal meth, although Pete is on probation. Werner tells Mike he wants to take a last walk to look at the stars, and Mike follows and shoots him in the head. In particular, Badger drives Skinny Pete's car to the Mexico border while letting Jesse take his own car as Skinny Pete claims that "no self-respecting outlaw would be caught dead in that car." [65] He secretly serves as a middleman to put criminals in contact with each other. No-Doze, Season 2 Before hanging up, Jesse tells his parents they did their best when raising him, and the life he has led and the problems he has caused are his fault, not theirs. During Gus's conflict with a Mexican drug cartel in Ciudad Juárez, the cartel enforcers come to Chow's offices and hold him hostage. Jesse enters unobserved and recovers two handguns from his parents' safe, a Colt Woodsman and an Iver Johnson Hammerless.[51]. Thinking Hector is unaware of his surroundings, Walt sprinkles Tuco's food with ricin while Tuco is not looking, but Hector foils the plan. He also is the one to drive Gus to the retirement home. Walter sees the interview at a secluded bar in New Hampshire immediately after calling the DEA to turn himself in. Gomez and his agents discover Dan making his routine drops in these boxes, arrest him, and successfully induce Dan to give them Mike. Tyrus Kitt | Realizing that the home price will plummet and they may be sued, Adam and Diane Pinkman reluctantly accept Saul's offer. Jack then orders the gang to dig up Walt's barrels of money (containing approximately $80 million), but at Todd's behest he leaves Walt alive with one barrel (about $11 million).[13]. Brandon "Badger" Mayhew (played by Matt L. Jones) is Jesse's friend. Subsequently, Brock and Andrea are used as leverage against Jesse, who is kept prisoner by Todd and Jack's gang to cook meth for them. Michael Ehrmantraut (played by Jonathan Banks) is a former Philadelphia police officer who works for Gus—and, on occasion, Saul—as a private investigator, head of security, cleaner, and hit man. Gale had been pursuing his doctorate in Colorado under an NSF grant but realized that it was not the life for him because he loves being in the lab and wanted to preserve the "magic" he saw in chemistry. 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