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Every Breaking Bad Character Who Has Appeared on Better Call Saul

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The criminal lawyer who bailed out Walter White and Jesse Pinkman numerous times in Breaking Bad was originally meant to appear only a few times. However, Saul was so popular among fans that show creator Vince Gilligan decided to make him a show regular. After Breaking Bad ended, a prequel spin-off show, Better Call Saul, centering around Saul Goodman, was created. Throughout Better Call Saul, numerous characters from Breaking Bad made appearances, with some more than others.

Below, we’re breaking down all the characters from Breaking Bad who crossed over to Better Call Saul.

Saul Goodman A.K.A Jimmy McGill A.K.A. Gene Takovic

Jimmy McGill was a struggling lawyer who had no luck finding stable work. In his younger days, Jimmy was a notorious conman known as “Slippin’ Jimmy,” who scammed many people until he landed in legal trouble after defecating through a sun roof. His brother Chuck McGill bailed him out of prison and Jimmy later studied to become a lawyer to be like Chuck. When he found out Chuck was playing against him the entire time, Jimmy went down the path to becoming became Saul Goodman.

Better Call Saul also adds clips of Saul after the events of Breaking Bad, when he assumes the identity of Gene Takovic, a worker at a mall Cinnabon in Nebraska. Under his new guise, Saul often reminisces about his glory days and regrets how his actions have led him to his current position in life, showing fans the ultimate result of a life of crime.

Mike Ehrmantraut

Fans know Mike best as the stoic, no-nonsense enforcer for the drug kingpin Gus Fring. Throughout Better Call Saul, Mike’s backstory and family life are further explored. Before he worked for Gus, Mike was a retired cop who often took bribes from criminals. After the death of his son Matt by the hands of corrupt officers, Mike got his revenge on his son’s killers. Throughout the show, he takes care of his daughter-in-law, Stacey, and her daughter and his granddaughter, Kaylee. While Better Call Saul is Saul Goodman’s show, it also serves as Mike’s show, detailing how the former corrupt cop became one of the most feared men in the criminal underworld.

Gustavo Fring

The founder of the fried chicken chain restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos and former biggest meth kingpin in America, Gus Fring was one of the most terrifying antagonists in Breaking Bad While Gus was a very nuanced and complex character in Breaking Bad, his crime setup and motivations are further explained in Better Call Saul. In the latter show, Gus recruits Mike Ehrmantraut as an ally after learning that they have a common enemy in the form of Hector Salamanca. The two work together to not only dethrone the Salamanca’s, but to also push forward Fring’s business by building a “Meth Superlab” that could produce 100-300 pounds of meth for Fring’s drug empire, the same one where Gale Boetticher, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman would later operate in during the events of Breaking Bad.

Hank Schrader

The flamboyant and boisterous DEA agent, minerals connoisseur and brother-in-law of Walter White, Hank Schrader makes an appearance in Season 5 of Better Call Saul, specifically in “The Guy for This.” Hank and his partner Steve Gomez are tasked with the questioning of small-time drug dealer Krazy-8, an important character in Breaking Bad. Hank first meets Saul Goodman, who he then mocks. While Hank doesn’t have a major role, his appearance is important, as it further sets up the story’s transition from Better Call Saul to Breaking Bad and establishes Hank’s crusade against Fring’s drug empire, which is prevalent throughout Seasons 1 and 2 of Breaking Bad.

Steven Gomez

Hank’s partner at the DEA, Steven Gomez is much more principled and by-the-books compared to Hank. However, he is still loyal and friendly to Hank and the two have worked together since the 1980s. Steve Gomez appears alongside Hank Schrader when interrogating Krazy-8. He meets Saul Goodman as Hank mocks the lawyer.

Tuco Salamanca

Unhinged meth distributor Tuco Salamanca returns in Better Call Saul, appearing in Season 1, Episode 1 “Uno” in addition to the next few episodes and Season 2, Episode 4 “Gloves Off.” He lives with and takes care of his grandmother. Fans see a softer side to Tuco, namely in the scenes where he tends to his grandmother’s needs. Tuco’s appearance in Better Call Saul helps introduce Saul’s first taste of dealing with the criminal underworld in addition to showcasing Saul’s skills as an excellent lawyer. Tuco’s arrest after beating up Mike also leads to the vendetta between Mike and his uncle, Hector Salamanca.

Hector Salamanca

Most famously known as the guy in the wheelchair and bell, Hector Salamanca is a powerful drug lord and a senior member of The Cartel. Unlike in Breaking Bad, Hector spends most of his time on Better Call Saul standing on his own two feet. Like many characters on this list, Hector’s appearance is key in the events of both shows. He attempts to make a deal with Mike to get Tuco out of prison. When Mike refuses the deal, Hector sends a series of threats his way. His vendetta with Mike and Gus is the staple of the drug war in Breaking Bad.  How Hector ends up in a wheelchair is also shown, after he has a stroke as a result of being poisoned by Nacho Varga.

Krazy-8

A meth distributor and the second person to be killed by Walter White, Krazy-8 is shown in his early stages in the meth business. He is portrayed as an underling to Tuco Salamanca and Nacho Varga, delivering what money he makes to the Salamanca’s. When he falls short one day, Hector has Nacho brutally beat him. Unlike Breaking BadBetter Call Saul humanizes Krazy-8 and even gets fans to sympathize with him.

Gale Boetticher

Walter White’s first partner in Gus Fring’s “Superlab,” Gale was an intelligent and kind man who worked with Walter White cooking the “Blue Sky.” He developed a strong admiration for Walter and even gave him a copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass as a gift. Unfortunately, Gale met his end at the hands of an emotional Jesse Pinkman.

Gale appears in Better Call Saul Season 4, Episode 3 “Something Beautiful” as a chemist at the University of New Mexico. He is visited by Gus Fring and expresses an interest in becoming Fring’s meth cook. While Fring initially refuses, he later hires him to work in his “Superlab.” Despite Gale’s limited appearances in the prequel show, fans get to see the mild-mannered chemist join Fring’s drug empire.

Francesca Liddy

Saul Goodman’s cranky secretary makes her debut in Better Call Saul, Season 3 episode 3. She is introduced as a bright-eyed woman fresh from leaving her old job at the DMV to apply for a secretary position at Jimmy McGill and Kim Wexler’s new law firm, Wexler & McGill. Fans are surprised to see this brighter and cheery side to Francesca, as she’s often portrayed as a very grumpy character in Breaking Bad. It just makes some people wonder how she went from a cheerful woman to the grumpy secretary in the sequel.

Huell Babineaux

Saul Goodman’s bodyguard in Breaking Bad, Huell Babineaux makes a surprise appearance in Better Call Saul Season 3, Episode 5 “Chicanery” as a pick-pocketer who places a cellphone battery on Chuck. This leads to Jimmy successfully exposing Chuck’s electricity allergies as false to the jury and leads to Chuck having a mental breakdown. Huell later gets arrested for hitting a police officer with a bag of sandwiches, prompting Saul to use his charm and some illicit methods to bail him out. After bailing him out, Huell becomes loyal to Saul.

Ed Galbraith

The shady man who is responsible for the “disappearance” of criminals, including Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and Saul Goodman makes an appearance in Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 1 “Magic Man.” He is an enigmatic fellow whose motivations for helping criminals “disappear” are unknown. After being discovered as Saul Goodman, Gene Takovic calls Ed, requesting that Ed extract him to another location. Ed reluctantly agrees, though he asks for double the money for the extraction. His appearance in the prequel show reminds fans of the harsh conclusion of Breaking Bad.

The Cousins

Much like in Breaking Bad, Marco and Leonel Salamanca, or collectively known as The Cousins, appear as silent but deadly assassins. When Mike refuses Hector’s deal, they are sent to intimidate Mike, silently threatening to kill Stacey and Kaylee. The two are featured once again when Hector orders them to execute a driver who lost their drug money. Their appearance in Better Call Saul reminds fans that The Cousins are not to be trifled with and how much power The Cartel has at its fingertips to make anyone disappear.

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