Better Call Saul Season 4 is set to explain one plot thread that's been dangling since Saul Goodman's very first appearance in Breaking Bad Season 2 all the way back in 2009. When he was introduced, Saul was a comedic foil to the darker descent of Walter White, helping him launder money and escape capture with a constant, removed sarcasm.
Getting his own spinoff, however, has vastly changed how the audience views Saul. Real name Jimmy McGill, he is a tragic figure, a morally-flawed yet well-meaning person pushed towards bad things by the doubts of those around him, rather than the inherent greed that turned Walter White into Heisenberg. We know where he's heading - both in terms of the man in the hat and his lonely life working in a Nebraskan Cinnabon - and that he's going to fall into a life he doesn't deserve. What's been so impressive about this heavy dose of dramatic irony is how carefully Vince Gilligan and co. have avoided the common prequel pitfall of relying too much on the original.
That's not to say we've not had some delectable Breaking Bad connections. Already in Better Call Saul we've seen a lot of how Jimmy transforms: we've seen him meet Mike, learned where the Saul Goodman pseudonym came from (and had a taste of the legal reasons he'll use it), and in parallel witnessed the war between Gus Fring and Hector Salamanca (and that's not mentioning the wealth of Breaking Bad cameos there's been along the way). However, there's one key aspect that hasn't been addressed yet: Lalo.
- This Page: Who Is Lalo?
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Saul Mentioned Nacho And Lalo In His First Breaking Bad Appearance
Saul enters Walter White's saga with extreme reluctance. When Badger is caught dealing, Jesse convinces Walt to go to a "criminal" lawyer to get him free. That lawyer is Saul Goodman, now fully lost in the world of saving law-breakers, and he's if anything too efficient; his plan involves having Badger give the emerging Heisenberg up to the cops. When he turns down a bribe to curb that, Walt and Jesse kidnap Saul, taking him to the desert in a bid to scare him into compliance. This eventually leads to a long and intermittently fruitful-slash-destructive relationship, although it's what Saul says in that fake kidnapping we're interested in.
At first, Saul thinks he's been kidnapped by someone else. He begs, "Oh no no no no. It wasn’t me. It was Ignacio. He’s the one!", and then realizing his current predicament isn't what he thinks, asks "Lalo didn’t send you? No Lalo?"
First things first, Ignacio is none other than Nacho, a key player in Better Call Saul. Introduced first as one of Tuco's henchmen, Nacho becomes involved with both Saul and Mike, hiring the latter to get rid of his boss, which in turn gets him further tied in with Hector Salamanca. In Season 3, he became increasingly disillusioned with his part in the drug trade, plotting to kill Hector as a means to escape. The last we saw him, he managed to instigate a heart attack in Hector, only to pique the suspicions of rival Gus Fring. Saul's namedrop in Breaking Bad, set some five years later, suggests that he survives whatever is to come and winds up on some shaky terms with the lawyer.
However, we're yet to have an indication of who Lalo is or how he fits into the bigger picture. That won't stay this way for long, though.