List of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul characters
|Character||Portrayed by||Breaking Bad||Better Call Saul|
|Walter White||Bryan Cranston||Main|
|Skyler White||Anna Gunn||Main|
|Jesse Pinkman||Aaron Paul||Main|
|Hank Schrader||Dean Norris||Main|
|Marie Schrader||Betsy Brandt||Main|
|Walter White, Jr.||RJ Mitte||Main|
|Saul Goodman / James 'Jimmy' McGill||Bob Odenkirk||Recurring||Main|
|Gustavo Fring||Giancarlo Esposito||Guest||Main||Main|
|Mike Ehrmantraut||Jonathan Banks||Guest||Main||Main|
|Lydia Rodarte-Quayle||Laura Fraser||Recurring||Main||Recurring||Guest|
|Todd Alquist||Jesse Plemons||Recurring||Main|
|Kimberly Wexler||Rhea Seehorn||Main|
|Howard Hamlin||Patrick Fabian||Main|
|Ignacio 'Nacho' Varga||Michael Mando||Main|
|Charles 'Chuck' McGill, Jr.||Michael McKean||Main||Recurring|
Breaking Bad main charactersEdit
Walter Hartwell White (also known by his clandestine alias Heisenberg) (played by Bryan Cranston) is an underachieving Albuquerque, New Mexico high school chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, starts manufacturing methamphetamine to provide for his family upon his death. Knowing nothing about the drug trade, he enlists the aid of his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to sell the meth he produces. Walt's scientific knowledge and dedication to quality lead him to produce crystal meth that is purer and more potent than any competitors'. To avoid the tedious collection of pseudoephedrine required for production, Walt devises an alternative chemical process utilizing methylamine, giving his product a distinctive blue color. His crystal meth, which is given the street name "Blue Sky," dominates the market, leading to confrontations with established drug makers and dealers.
Walt is initially squeamish about the use of violence, but gradually comes to see it as a necessity. He also comes to find his new status as a drug lord psychologically rewarding, leading him to become less and less reluctant to resort to criminal acts such as theft, extortion, money laundering, depraved indifference, and murder. Walt's descent, Macbeth-like, 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.
Skyler White (née Lambert) (played by Anna Gunn) is Walter's wife. She has had several meager sources of income: writing short stories, selling items on eBay, working as a bookkeeper, and ultimately helping her husband launder money. Skyler and Walter have a son, Walter Jr., and an infant daughter, Holly. Skyler cares for Walter very much, but their marriage becomes increasingly strained due to his unexplained absences and bizarre behavior, ultimately leading to their separation. Later, once Walter reveals his operation, she aids him in laundering his funds. They buy the car wash where Walter had recently moonlighted. Although she helps Walter, she remains displeased with the situation overall. As Walter slowly becomes more of a "hardened criminal," her emotions of fear and worry for him become increasingly prevalent. When in the episode "Buried," Hank tells Skyler he is on to Walt, but needs her help to provide sufficient evidence to build a successful case, Skyler replies that she needs a lawyer and later tells Walt they should remain quiet.
Jesse Bruce Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul) is a small-time methamphetamine user, manufacturer, and dealer. In high school, he was an indifferent student in Walter White's chemistry class. Now in his mid-20s, Jesse is Walt's business partner in the meth trade. Jesse is impulsive, hedonistic, and uneducated beyond high school, but he is financially ambitious and streetwise. He talks in playful slang, likes to wear garish clothing that follows the latest trends in youth culture, plays video games, listens to rap and rock music, takes recreational drugs, and drives Lowriders. Walt treats Jesse like a foolish son in constant need of stern correction. Jesse's own family kicked him out of their house because of his drug use. Despite the friction between them, he and Walt have a deep bond of loyalty. As a result of his relationship with Walt, Jesse becomes an excellent meth cook, ultimately leading to his exploitation by others. Despite his criminal lifestyle, Jesse is far more conscientious than Walt. 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. He is very protective of children: his desire to keep children out of the violent drug world gives rise to several key events throughout the series. He wrestles with feelings of guilt about the deaths, all drug-related, of people he has been associated with. Towards the end of the fifth season he is overwhelmed by guilt and his "blood money." Realizing how much pain he has caused for money leads him to attempt to give bundles of cash from his final payoff to people he knows and then throw them from his car window onto random lawns and porches.
Hank R. Schrader (played by Dean Norris) is Walt and Skyler's brother-in-law and Marie's husband, who works as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. He is involved in investigating a meth dealer known as "Heisenberg," unaware for over a year that his prey is actually Walter. Hank has a cavalier exterior, but in reality the dark side of his job affects him more than he cares to admit. In the course of his work, Hank is promoted to El Paso, Texas from Albuquerque for a short time but experiences a traumatic event and moves back to Albuquerque. Despite his brashness, Hank is highly competent at his job and cares deeply about his family. 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.
Marie Schrader (née Lambert) (played by Betsy Brandt) is Skyler's sister, Hank's wife, and Walt's sister-in-law. Marie works as a radiologic technologist. She doesn't hesitate to offer advice to others, but often fails to practice what she preaches. She shoplifts compulsively—apparently a manifest symptom of kleptomania—a behavior for which she sees a therapist. She appears self-centered and shallow, but is very devoted to her husband and cares deeply for her sister's family. Nearly all of her household and clothing items are shades of the color purple.
In Season 3, Marie becomes a major source of comfort and support to her husband, when The Cousins shoot and nearly kill Hank. With Walt and Skyler's help, she arranges for Hank to undergo an aggressive physical therapy program that is not covered by their insurance. When Hank stubbornly decides to stay at the hospital, claiming he is completely disabled, she refuses to give up on him and masturbates him to prove he still has feeling below the waist. When he returns home, however, Hank is cold and brash to Marie, despite her attempts to make him comfortable, and she spirals back into kleptomania. Once Hank begins making progress with the case, his relationship with Marie improves again. When Walt and Skyler begin to have marital problems, she volunteers to take in their children for a couple of days while they work things out.
In the final season, Hank shares with Marie the truth about Walter's criminal activities, and Marie confronts Skyler. Learning Skyler has known of Walt before Hank was shot, Marie slaps her sister and storms out of the room angrily. She tries to take Holly with her, but Hank commands her to return the baby. She then urges Hank "to get" Walter. Marie helps Hank in attempting to stop Walt and Skyler but their attempts are thwarted when Walt makes a DVD framing Hank. Marie is eager to help Hank when Jesse agrees to confess about Walt's crimes. She is initially unaware of Hank's death and reconciles with Skyler on the condition she tells Walt Jr. everything. Marie learns that Hank is missing when Walt kidnaps Holly, and eventually receives confirmation he is dead. She is last seen in her house two months later, now with blue instead of purple trim around the house, warning Skyler to be on the look out for Walt.
Walter White, Jr.Edit
Walter Hartwell White Jr. (played by RJ Mitte) is Walter and Skyler's teenage son and Holly's older brother. He has cerebral palsy, as manifested in speech difficulties and impaired motor control, for which he uses crutches (which Mitte, who has a milder variation of cerebral palsy, does not require). Angered by his parents' constant fighting, Walter Jr. tries to establish an independent character, insisting on being called Flynn and asking his best friend Louis to teach him how to drive. However, upon discovering that Walt has cancer, Walter Jr. changes his attitude and sets up the website, "www.savewalterwhite.com," which requests and collects donations in an effort to help pay for Walt's cancer treatment. Walt's lawyer, Saul Goodman, arranges for a wave of fictional "donations" drawn from Walter's drug money, in order to launder it and also make Walter Jr.'s efforts appear successful. When Skyler and Walt separate, Walter Jr., given no explanation by either parent, only sees that his mother has (from his point of view) inexplicably thrown his terminally ill father out of the house, and he takes his father's side and stops answering to the name Flynn. Always being "late to the game" (as defined by Mitte on an episode of Talking Bad), Walter Jr. remains oblivious to his father's drug trade life until "Ozymandias," when Marie, confident that Walt is in Hank's custody, forces Skyler to reveal the whole truth to her son. Upon learning of his father's connection with Hank's death, Walter Jr. mistakenly concludes that Walt killed Hank. Feeling betrayed Jr. calls 911 when Walt fends off Skyler's knife attack, thus forcing Walt to leave and eventually end up on the most wanted list. In "Granite State," Walt attempts to talk to him over the phone and have him retrieve $100,000 that Walt planned to send to Louis' address; however, Walter Jr. angrily refuses and hangs up. In "Felina," Walt visits Skyler for the final time, and watches from afar as Walter Jr. returns to the safe house from school.
Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk), real name James Morgan McGill, is a sleazy "criminal lawyer" (in Jesse Pinkman's words: "a lawyer who is a criminal") who acts as Walter and Jesse's attorney and up to a certain point, the series' comic relief. He uses the name "Saul Goodman" because he thinks his clients feel more confident with a Jewish lawyer; this name is also homophonous with the expression "[it]'s all good, man." 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. 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. He is also reluctant to be associated with violence or murder. He has served as an adviser for Walter, Jesse, Gus, Mike, and even Skyler, whom he also helped acquire a car wash in order to launder Walter's drug money.
Gustavo "Gus" Fring (played by Giancarlo Esposito) is the Chilean-born proprietor of Los Pollos Hermanos, a highly successful fried chicken restaurant chain. He is also a public booster for the local DEA office and a member of the hospital board. However, despite outward appearances, Gus is a major drug kingpin initially affiliated with the Mexican drug cartel in Ciudad Juárez, who uses his restaurants as a front for methamphetamine distribution throughout the American southwest. Like Walter White, Gus is a criminal who "hides in plain sight," using his anti-drug philanthropy to conceal his true nature. Gus originally established Los Pollos Hermanos in Mexico several years previously, but emigrated to the United States when Don Eladio and Hector Salamanca murdered his cook and close friend, Maximino Arciniega, as punishment for insulting Eladio.
Mike 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. In the Better Call Saul episode "Gloves Off", it is implied that Mike is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. His reasons for leaving the Philadelphia police are never specified during Breaking Bad, but given his story to Walt about missing a chance to kill an abusive perpetrator who eventually murdered a victim Mike was trying to help, and Hank's refusal to bring up the reason for Mike's departure from the police, it is implied that Mike decided to take revenge against the abuser, which resulted in Mike's departure. As a result, one of the lessons Mike employed in his criminal activities was to not take "half measures." The prequel series Better Call Saul revealed that Mike, a crooked cop, murdered two other crooked cops who had killed his son Matt, also a police officer, after Matt hesitated to involve himself in corruption. The next day (circa 2002) Mike fled to Albuquerque to be near his granddaughter Kaylee (played by Kaija Roze Bales) and daughter in law Stacey. He initially worked as a parking attendant at the Albuquerque Courthouse, where the evening and night hours often enabled him to take part in criminal activities during the day. Mike is a calm and calculating individual who efficiently performs his duties for Gus, using his extensive knowledge of police procedure to do so without detection. Prior to his murder of Werner Ziegler he is shown to go to extreme lengths to avoid killing anyone or targeting innocent bystanders.
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (played by Laura Fraser) was an executive of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, working out of the company's office in Houston, Texas. She originally worked with Gus Fring as a supplier of chemicals required for his drug business in the American southwest. Following his violent death at the hands of Walter, the DEA begins investigating the link between Gus and Madrigal. Lydia becomes anxious and asks Mike to eliminate 11 people who were involved with Gus and could expose her. When he refuses, Lydia makes the same offer to one of the 11 on her hit list and adds Mike to it. However, Mike ambushes and kills the new hit man, and deduces that Lydia is responsible. He consequently breaks into Lydia's home, ready to execute her, but allows her to live contingent on her providing methylamine for a new meth operation to be run by Walt, Jesse, and Mike.
After Lydia provides the first shipment, the DEA visits Madrigal and Lydia is forced to give up her man in the warehouse to the DEA. 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. Mike guesses that Lydia placed it because she wants out of the business, and again vows to kill her. After bugging Hank's office, they find that the tracker was planted by the DEA's Houston office. Lydia provides Walt, Jesse, and Mike information about a freight train that includes a tanker car full of methylamine, enabling a 1,000 gallon heist which ensures they can carry on cooking meth almost indefinitely. Later, she provides Walt with a new market in the Czech Republic, using her resources and network to distribute the meth in large quantities.
After Walt quits, Declan and his gang take over the meth business, but produce a poor quality product. Lydia and Jack's gang arrange the massacre of Declan's crew, and Jack's gang, which still has Jesse cooking for them, takes the methylamine and begins running Declan's business. Months later, during a meeting with Todd, Walt (now a wanted criminal) interrupts a regular coffee shop meeting between Lydia and Todd to offer a new method of meth production. Lydia appears to agree to Walt's offer, but after Walt leaves she suggests to Todd that Walt should be killed at the meeting. That evening Lydia is obviously ill and calls Todd to check on whether the gang killed Walt. Walt answers Todd's phone and tells her that Jack and his gang are all dead and she'll soon be dead too, because he added ricin to the stevia she used in her tea during the meeting at the coffee shop.
Lydia reappears in season 3 of Better Call Saul. She is initially revealed to have assisted Gus in acquiring the laundry facility that he will use for the superlab. Later, when Mike decides that he needs Gus to help him clean the money he acquired from robbing one of Hector's trucks, Gus arranges for Lydia to launder it through Madrigal, with Mike receiving $10,000 per month as a contracted security consultant.
Todd Alquist (played by Jesse Plemons) is an exterminator for Vamonos Pest, a fumigation company used by Walt, Mike, and Jesse as the front for their meth business after Gus Fring's death. Todd and the other Vamonos employees are also burglars, gathering information and selling it to outside parties from the houses they tent. Todd notices and disables a nanny cam at Walt and Jesse's first post-Gus Fring cook site, attracting their attention to someone they think might be useful in the future. He aids in the heist of methylamine from a freight train, and gives a friendly wave to a boy who stumbles on the crime scene, but then shoots him without warning. The team reluctantly keeps Todd employed after the murder, accepting his explanation that he assumed there could be no witnesses to the crime, otherwise they all risked arrest. Todd's explanation, plus his claims that his uncle runs a gang with connections that could be valuable to the meth operation, convince Walt, Jesse, and Mike to keep him alive.
After Jesse and Mike quit, Todd becomes Walt's assistant in the cooking process. Todd respectfully refers to Walter as Mister White, and after studying under Walt, he spends his breaks going over his notes, but refuses to accept payment until he satisfies Walt's standards. 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. After the deaths of Hank and Steve Gomez, Todd convinces Jack to leave Walt one of the seven barrels of cash Walt had hidden, out of respect and sympathy. When parting ways, he apologizes to Walt for Hank's death.
After the gang captures Jesse, Todd convinces his uncle to force Jesse to cook for them instead of killing him. Jesse creates a batch with a level of purity comparable to Walt's. Thinking he deserves a reward for a job well done, Todd brings him ice cream and praises him for his skill. Todd's bad side is again on display when he shoots and kills Jesse's ex-girlfriend Andrea to punish Jesse for an escape attempt, but he politely apologizes before he shoots her. Months later, Walter kills Jack's gang by remotely firing an M60 machine gun installed in the trunk of a car. Todd survives, but Jesse strangles him with the chains of his handcuffs, choking him hard enough to snap his neck.
Todd's alternating from charming politeness and respectful gestures to sudden violent acts led his character to be called the most dangerous villain on Breaking Bad, and IGN named him 2013's best TV villain.
Better Call Saul main charactersEdit
Kimberly "Kim" Wexler (portrayed by Rhea Seehorn) was one of the key litigators at Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill. However, Kim's personal history with Jimmy complicated their working relationship, often putting her at odds with Howard Hamlin and Chuck McGill, threatening her promising career and eventually putting her in Hamlin's doghouse. 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. Despite this, because of their feud, she finds herself still in the middle of the dispute between Chuck and Jimmy.
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. Hamlin is one of life's winners. His good fortune, sun-kissed looks, and more than ample charm prove to be a constant source of frustration for Jimmy as is his relationship with Chuck McGill.
Ignacio Varga (portrayed by Michael Mando), better known as Nacho, is a calculating, intelligent career criminal. He is the right-hand man to Tuco Salamanca, heir to the crime family of the same name. While not yet a kingpin himself, Nacho is bright and has the ear of his terrifying boss. Nacho hires Jimmy as his lawyer after being introduced to him by Tuco at the start of Season 1. He secretly begins working with Mike Ehrmantraut at the end of season 1. He admires Mike's calm and calculated approach, especially when compared to Tuco's impulsive and irrational way of working.
Charles McGill Jr.Edit
Charles "Chuck" McGill Jr. (portrayed by Michael McKean) is Jimmy McGill's older brother. He is a named partner at one of Albuquerque's most prestigious law firms, Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill, which he co-founded along with his business partner, Howard Hamlin's father. A brilliant man who holds himself and others to high ideals, Chuck firmly believes that doing the right thing is the only true path to success. Chuck is critical of Jimmy's background as a scam-artist, considering his brother's attorney status an insult to the law.
Chuck believes he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, an unusual affliction caused by mysterious circumstances, which makes it challenging for him to lead a normal life. He has twice shown no reaction to sources of electromagnetic radiation that were nearby but whose presence he was unaware of, suggesting that he suffers from a mental illness rather than the physical condition he claims.
In the season 3 finale "Lantern," after suffering a severe relapse of his condition, Chuck commits suicide by intentionally knocking over a lantern, which causes a fatal fire.
|Character||Portrayed by||Breaking Bad||Better Call Saul|
|Steven Gomez||Steven Michael Quezada||Recurring|
|Skinny Pete||Charles Baker||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Carmen Molina||Carmen Serano||Recurring||Guest|
|Tuco Salamanca||Raymond Cruz||Recurring||Recurring||Guest|
|Gretchen Schwartz||Jessica Hecht||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Gonzo||Jesus Payan Jr.||Recurring||Guest||Guest|
|Domingo 'Krazy-8' Molina||Max Arciniega||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Emilio Koyama||John Koyama||Recurring|
|Brandon 'Badger' Mayhew||Matt L. Jones||Guest||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Christian 'Combo' Ortega||Rodney Rush||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Mrs. Pinkman||Tess Harper||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Dr. Delcavoli||David House||Guest||Recurring|
|Adam Pinkman||Michael Bofshever||Guest|
|Bogdan Wolynetz||Marius Stan||Guest||Guest||Recurring|
|Elliott Schwartz||Adam Godley||Guest||Recurring|
|Ken 'Ken Wins'||Kyle Bornheimer||Guest||Guest|
|Ted Beneke||Christopher Cousins||Recurring||Guest|
|George Merkert||Michael Shamus Wiles||Recurring||Guest|
|Hector Salamanca||Mark Margolis||Recurring||Recurring|
|Jane Margolis||Krysten Ritter||Recurring||Guest|
|Donald Margolis||John de Lancie||Recurring||Guest|
|SAC Ramey||Todd Terry||Recurring||Recurring||Guest|
|Tomás Cantillo||Angelo Martinez||Guest||Recurring|
|Francesca Liddy||Tina Parker||Guest||Recurring||Recurring||Recurring||Guest|
|Det. Tim Roberts||Nigel Gibbs||Guest||Recurring|
|Andrea Cantillo||Emily Rios||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Brock Cantillo||Ian Posada||Recurring||Guest|
|Gale Boetticher||David Costabile||Recurring||Recurring|
|Juan Bolsa||Javier Grajeda||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Group Leader||Jere Burns||Recurring||Guest|
|Leonel Salamanca||Daniel Moncada||Recurring||Recurring||Recurring|
|Marco Salamanca||Luis Moncada||Recurring||Recurring||Recurring|
|Duane Chow||James Ning||Guest||Guest|
|Stacey Ehrmantraut||Kerry Condon||Guest||Recurring|
|Officer Saxton||Stoney Westmoreland||Guest||Guest|
|Huell Babineaux||Lavell Crawford||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Patrick Kuby||Bill Burr||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Chris Mara||Christopher King||Recurring||Guest|
|Tyrus Kitt||Ray Campbell||Recurring||Recurring|
|Don Eladio Vuente||Steven Bauer||Recurring||Guest|
|Dennis Markowski||Mike Batayeh||Guest||Recurring|
|Barry Goodman||JB Blanc||Guest||Guest|
|Detective Kalanchoe||Gonzalo Menendez||Guest||Recurring|
|Detective Munn||Jason Douglas||Guest||Recurring|
|Stephanie Doswell||Jennifer Hasty||Guest||Guest|
|Ron Forenall||Russ Dillon||Recurring|
|Dan Wachsberger||Chris Freihofer||Recurring|
|Jack Welker||Michael Bowen||Guest||Recurring|
|Ernesto||Brandon K. Hampton||Recurring||Guest|
|Mrs. Nguyen||Eileen Fogarty||Recurring||Recurring|
|Rick Schweikart||Dennis Boutsikaris||Recurring||Recurring|
|Dr. Caldera||Joe DeRosa||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Bill Oakley||Peter Diseth||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Irene Landry||Jean Effron||Recurring||Recurring|
|Marco Pasternak||Mel Rodriguez||Recurring||Guest|
|Betsy Kettleman||Julie Ann Emery||Recurring|
|Craig Kettleman||Jeremy Shamos||Recurring|
|Detective Sanders||Barry Shabaka Henley||Recurring|
|Detective Abbasi||Omid Abtahi||Recurring|
|Joey Dixon||Josh Fadem||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Drama Girl||Hayley Holmes||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Sound Guy||Julian Bonfiglio||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Daniel 'Pryce' Wormald||Mark Proksch||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Mrs. Strauss||Carol Herman||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Dr. Laura Cruz||Clea DuVall||Guest|
|Paige Novick||Cara Pifko||Recurring|
|Kevin Wachtell||Rex Linn||Recurring|
|Erin Brill||Jessie Ennis||Recurring||Guest|
|Ximenez Lecerda||Manuel Uriza||Recurring||Guest|
|Clifford Main||Ed Begley Jr.||Recurring||Guest|
|Brian Archuleta||Luis Bordonada||Recurring||Guest|
|Rebecca McGill née Bois||Ann Cusack||Guest||Recurring|
|Captain Bauer||Brendan Fehr||Guest|
|Mr. Ughetta||Michael Chieffo||Guest|
|David Brightbill||Jackamoe Buzzell||Recurring|
|Werner Ziegler||Rainer Bock||Recurring|
|Maureen Bruckner||Poorna Jagannathan||Recurring|
|Eduardo "Lalo" Salamanca||Tony Dalton||Recurring|
Steven Gomez (played by Steven Michael Quezada) is Hank's DEA partner and friend since Season 1. He has a lot of knowledge about the inner workings of Mexican gangs. He doesn't seem to mind Hank's off-color remarks about his ethnicity. Gomez, or "Gomey" as Hank affectionately calls him, is promoted to El Paso after Hank witnesses a deadly attack on the Mexican border. (Afraid of going back to the deadly environment there, Hank delayed his transfer.) Gomez has been Hank's right-hand man in the "Heisenberg" case since the beginning. After the Salamanca Brothers nearly kill Hank, Gomez starts performing tasks that Hank can't perform due to his handicap. At the end of Season 4 (on Hank's request), Gomez visits Gus's industrial laundry (with the underground lab) after a GPS links Gus's car to a visit. Gomez and K9 units find no trace of any lab on the property.
After Walt and Jesse ignite the lab, Gomez returns with Hank to find it destroyed, with little evidence remaining. Gomez is the only DEA officer whom Hank tells about his revelation that Walter White is Heisenberg, and Gomez continues to be Hank's partner through their final investigation, which leads to both the arrest of Walt and a shootout with Jack's gang. Gomez is killed in the gunfight, shortly before Hank is killed.
Gomez was originally set to die in the first season. However, when the 2007–2008 writers' strike cut the season short, the writers reworked their ideas and he remained alive until the last season.
Detectives Kalanchoe and MunnEdit
Detective Kalanchoe (played by Gonzalo Menendez) and Detective Munn (played by Jason Douglas) are detectives with the Albuquerque Police Department, questioning Jesse first in regard to the poisoning of Brock Cantillo, and then in regard to the huge amount of money he has been giving away.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge George Merkert (played by Michael Shamus Wiles) is Hank's boss at the DEA. He is impressed with Hank's tenacity and hard work, and recommends him for a transfer to El Paso. When Hank returns to Albuquerque after being wounded, Merkert is frustrated by Hank's stalling a second transfer to El Paso, unaware that Hank is suffering from panic attacks and is afraid to go back. After Hank attacks Jesse, Merkert is forced to suspend Hank without pay but tells him off the record that Jesse will not press charges. 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 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.
Special Agent in Charge Ramey (played by Todd Terry) is the head of the southwestern United States DEA offices, and thus the highest ranking DEA agent appearing on the show. He appointed Hank to replace George Merkert as ASAC.
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.
Roberts first appears at the White household asking Skyler about Walt's disappearance after Tuco Salamanca kidnaps both Walter and Jesse and takes them to his uncle's house. Hank asked Roberts to take the case of Walter's disappearance as a personal favor to Hank, believing Walter had one of his "episodes" wherein he forgot where he was and would turn up days later.
Roberts next appears after Marie Schrader is arrested and taken to the police station for pilfering property at the open houses she visits. Hank contacts Roberts after Marie tells Hank about her predicament. Roberts gets the homeowners to drop their charges after their property is returned, and he takes Marie home for Hank.
Roberts also investigates Gale Boetticher's murder. He consults with Hank after he finds Gale's notebook and asks what all the notes and drawings mean, and whether or not Gale may have been working in a meth lab. This piques Hank's interest in the case, and he embarks on his own investigation of Gale and his ties to Fring.
The APD detectives' investigation of Gale's apartment yields Gus's fingerprint, which gives the APD and the DEA probable cause to officially request that Fring come in for questioning. 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. Roberts is satisfied with Gus's explanations of how he knew Boetticher and why he was in Boetticher's home, but Hank remains dubious and continues investigating Fring and his personal and business dealings.
Maximino Arciniega (played by James Martinez) is Gus's partner. Gus paid for Max's education in biochemistry and chemical engineering, at the University of Santiago in Chile. The pair then moved to Mexico and opened a chain of Los Pollos Hermanos chicken restaurants together. In the drug business, Max is the chemist; he cooked the crystal meth, samples of which he and Gus started giving away. These samples gained the attention of Don Eladio, a local drug lord, whom Max and Gus approached in the hope of convincing the Don to join them in the meth business. Don Eladio, unimpressed by these upstarts and nominally dismissive of selling methamphetamine in lieu of cocaine, had Hector kill Max on the patio of his mansion as Juan Bolsa watched. Gus is forced to watch his partner's fatal head wound bleed into the swimming pool, a vision that stays with him. After moving to the US, Gus sets up a college scholarship in Max's name (which Gale Boetticher won one year) and determines to avenge his friend's death. 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.
The character Maximino Arciniega shares his name with the real-life actor who plays Krazy-8 in Season 1.
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." He holds an MS degree in organic chemistry, with a specialty in X-ray crystallography. He describes himself as a "nerd" and a "libertarian." He is single, vegan and apparently cultured. He is a fan of foreign language music, appears to speak fluent Italian, and is fond of Walt Whitman. As a side project, he is working on a process for brewing a superior cup of coffee and impresses Walt with his results. 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.
After Walt learns of Jesse's intentions to press charges against Hank, Walt fires Gale and re-hires Jesse. After Jesse's "disappearance", Gus re-hires Gale and instructs him to learn everything he can from Walt. He tells Gale that Walt has terminal cancer and that meth production cannot halt because of its high overhead. In reality, Walt is in remission, and Gus is planning to kill Walt, whom he now considers a liability for his unpredictable behavior (after he killed two street dealers to save Jesse's life) and his relationship with Hank, who continues to get closer to the truth as he investigates the source of the blue meth. Gale agrees to take over the lab full-time after one more cook with Walt. Walt realizes that Gus plans to replace him and has Jesse locate Gale's address so that Walt can kill him to ensure Gus still requires Jesse and Walt's services. Before he can kill Gale, Mike and Victor bring Walt to the lab, where they intend to kill him. Walt convinces them to let him speak to Jesse under the pretense of luring Jesse to the lab to be killed. Instead, Walt tells Jesse to kill Gale as quickly as possible, before Victor can prevent it. Jesse arrives at Gale's apartment before Victor and reluctantly shoots him.
During the investigation at Gale's apartment, his lab notes are shown on a table close to his body. Later, an Albuquerque police detective gives Hank copies of the evidence taken from Gale's apartment. After reviewing it, Hank shows it to Walt and Walt Jr. A DVD shows Gale singing karaoke of the song "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by German musician Peter Schilling, in front of images of rockets and wildlife, with captions in Thai script. Although Hank believes Gale to be the meth chemist known as "Heisenberg", Hank is affected by his culture and nerdiness, reflecting that such a "big brain" could have contributed to humanity if applied to something good. As Hank investigates Gale and discovers Gus's fingerprints inside the apartment, he begins to suspect Gus of being connected to the meth trade. Hank finally realizes that Walt is Heisenberg after finding a book of Whitman poems at Walt's house and seeing that the "W. W." dedication matches the tone and handwriting Hank observed in Gale's lab notes, with "W. W." standing for both Walt Whitman and Walter White.
Better Call SaulEdit
Gale briefly appears in Better Call Saul when Gus visits him at the university where he's working as a post-graduate student and researcher. Gus asks Gale to test the purity of several methamphetamine samples before starting construction of the "superlab", foreshadowing Gale's role in Breaking Bad. In the Season 4 episode Winner, Gus shows Gale the nearly completed meth lab under the industrial laundry, which is revealed to have been constructed according to Gale's design.
Duane Chow (played by James Ning) is the owner of Golden Moth Chemical, an industrial chemical manufacturing company that supplies chemicals to Gus's drug empire. During Gus's conflict with a Mexican drug cartel in Ciudad Juárez, the cartel enforcers come to Chow's offices and hold him hostage. Chow's captors are later killed by Mike, who shoots Chow in the hand for not telling Gus about the situation. 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. Chow is also on the list of eleven men whom Lydia suggests that Mike kill before they can make a plea deal with the DEA (but Mike refuses). Lydia then hires one of the eleven, Chris Mara, to kill the other ten, and adds Mike to the list. Mara starts with Chow, whom he uses to lure Mike into a trap before shooting Chow in the head. Mike thwarts the attempt on his own life after getting from Chris the information Lydia gave him, and then he kills Chris, leaving nine alive from Lydia's original list.
Ron Forenall (played by Russ Dillon) is Mike Ehrmantraut's contact at Madrigal Electromotive's chemical warehouse in Houston. 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.
Forenall is arrested after Hank and Gomez arrive at Madrigal's warehouse in Houston and Lydia identifies him in the warehouse. Forenall later appears as one of the nine incarcerated members of Gus's organization who Lydia lists to be taken out, along with Dan Wachsberger, Mike's attorney who rolls over on them. Forenall is last seen in a hallway when a prison door is shut and he is stabbed to death by the Neo-Nazis.
Dr. Barry Goodman (played by JB Blanc) is Gus's personal doctor, treating him and Mike after the showdown at Don Eladio's residence. He later informs Mike about Gus's death. He reappears in Better Call Saul as the doctor on a medical clinic for low income Spanish speaking patients. Per Gus's instructions, he provides Mike with cocaine to prepare a trap for Hector's smugglers when they cross the border.
Tyrus Kitt (played by Ray Campbell) is one of Gus's henchmen. After Victor is killed, Gus promotes him to serve as Mike's second-in-command, monitoring Walt and Jesse's activities both inside and outside the lab. He spots Hector Salamanca leaving the DEA office, incorrectly assuming that he has turned into an informant. He is indirectly killed by Hector during the latter's showdown with Gus. He reappears in Better Call Saul, where he and Victor serve as co-muscle for Gus.
Chris Mara (played by Christopher King) is one of Gus's henchmen and Mike Ehrmantraut's errand runners, who runs errands among Fring, the mules, and the dealers. One of his other side jobs is to assist Tyrus Kitt in monitoring who is coming and going through the doors of both the Albuquerque Police Department and the DEA's Albuquerque office.
Chris first appears in "Bug," where he is shown taking cover when Gaff opens fire on the operatives at the Los Pollos distribution center, killing one of them while Jesse stands paralyzed. He is later shown among the men looking for Walt when Walt goes into hiding. We also notice Chris in his car when Jesse exits the police station, after being questioned about Brock Cantillo's poisoning by ricin, and Chris is seen when Hector Salamanca leaves the DEA office after questioning. He also is the one to drive Gus to the retirement home.
Chris later takes Duane Chow hostage in his own home, forcing Chow to call Mike to come over so Chris can kill him. However, Mike sees Chris's car parked in Chow's driveway and senses that this is a trap. Mike outsmarts Chris with a toy on Chow's front door while he sneaks into Chow's house from the back. Chris confesses that since the DEA seized his hazard pay, he took up Lydia's offer that Mike refused: $10,000 for each of the 10 other men on the list, and triple for Mike. Mike then dispatches Chris in the same way that Chris assassinated Chow.
Dennis Markowski (played by Mike Batayeh) is the former manager of Lavanderia Brilliante, the industrial laundromat which served as the cover for Gus's superlab. Following Gus's death, the DEA incarcerates Dennis, as he is on Gus's payroll at the time of Gus's death. Dennis agrees to keep his mouth shut when Mike ensures that he will still receive his money from the drug empire. When Dennis's funds are confiscated, Dennis, through his attorney, proposes a plea deal to the DEA, but Hank refuses, believing he can get a better deal from one of Gus's other incarcerated henchmen. Dennis is later killed on Walt's orders by several other inmates who pour flammable liquid into Dennis's cell and ignite it, burning him alive.
Victor (played by Jeremiah Bitsui) is Gus's loyal henchman. He first appears as an apparent fellow customer in Los Pollos Hermanos, when he suddenly confronts Walter and tersely conveys Gus's non-negotiable offer to purchase Walter's meth and arrange for delivery within the hour. In Season 3, he continues his work under Gus. Gus instructs Victor to give half of the money for Jesse's meth to Walter as a way to convince Walter to cook again. After Walt kills two of Gus's dealers, Walt tells Gus that Jesse is "at least two time zones away." Victor guards the lab at all times when Walter and Gale are present and monitors their conversations. Walt suspects Gus is preparing to kill him and conspires with Jesse to kill Gale, making Walt indispensable as the only remaining cook. Victor picks up Walt from his home, telling him there is a leak in the lab. Walt is greeted by Mike when he arrives and deduces they plan to kill him. Walt begs Mike to spare him, offering to turn Jesse over. 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. 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. Victor races to stop Jesse from killing Gale but arrives too late; he enters Gale's apartment and is seen by neighbors. He then forces Jesse back to the meth lab and watches over him and Walt with Mike until Gus arrives. He reveals that he knows how to cook meth himself from watching Walt and single-handedly begins preparing a full batch in front of him. He dies when Gus slices his neck with a box cutter. Later, Walt, Jesse, and Mike are forced to dispose of Victor's body using hydrofluoric acid, echoing Walt and Jesse's previous experience with Emilio. Walt later mentions to Jesse that Gus may have killed Victor because he had taken inappropriate liberties (such as cooking meth while Mike held Walt and Jesse hostage) and "[flown] too close to the sun," as Walt put it.
Better Call SaulEdit
Victor is a recurring character introduced alongside Gus in season 3, first seen driving a black Escalade to the back of Los Pollos Hermanos to obtain the tracking device used on Mike. He and Tyrus later serve as Gus's bodyguards during the meeting with Mike. After Hector's operation takes a crippling blow, Victor hands out a cash payment to Mike as a token of gratitude from Gus. However, Mike refuses it. He also delivers parcels of cocaine to Hector's men as part of Hector's order to have his drugs be smuggled in Los Pollos Hermanos trucks.
Victor again appears as one of Gus's henchmen in season 4. He is first seen following Nacho Varga around after Nacho causes Hector Salamanca to suffer a stroke.
Dan Wachsberger (played by Chris Freihofer) is an attorney hired by Mike Ehrmantraut to represent Ron Forenall, Dennis Markowski, and the other seven surviving members of Gustavo Fring's operation running out of the Lavanderia Brilliante in Albuquerque. Wachsberger takes the money (Mike Ehrmantraut's "Legacy Costs") from Mike and then deposits it to ten safety deposit boxes at the Cradock Marine Bank in Albuquerque: nine for Gus's surviving guys and their families to use in lieu of their "hazard pay" and one larger box for Mike's granddaughter Kaylee on her 18th birthday.
Wachsberger first appears as he and Mike are going through the New Mexico Department of Corrections facility at Los Lunas south of Albuquerque. Dan signs in and tells the attending guard, Darla, that he has brought in his "paralegal" and they have come to see Dennis Markowski. Dan is consistently shown flirting with women, such as Darla and, at the bank, with Dorothy Yobs, whom he routinely lavishes with gifts of sugary baked goods. Dorothy gives Dan access to the safety deposit boxes at Cradock Marine Bank. Eventually, Hank and Gomez discover Mike and Dan's transactions and their safety deposit boxes at Cradock Marine Bank, and Gomez is sent to investigate. Gomez and his agents discover Dan making his routine drops in these boxes, arrest him, and successfully induce Dan to give them Mike.
The next and last time we see Wachsberger he is in federal lockup at La Tuna near the Texas border outside of Las Cruces, when, on Walt's orders, he is stabbed to death at the same time the nine surviving members of Gus's operation are also killed off, including Ron Forenall and Dennis Markowski.
Mexican drug cartelEdit
Don Eladio VuenteEdit
Don Eladio Vuente (played by Steven Bauer) is the head of a drug cartel in Ciudad Juárez which employed Juan Bolsa, Hector Salamanca, and Salamanca's nephews. He first met Gus Fring at a business meeting twenty years prior to the start of the series, where Gus and his partner Max attempted to propose a business deal wherein they would produce methamphetamine for the cartel. Unimpressed by their pitch, Don Eladio had Max executed for manipulating him into a meeting, but spared Gus's life due to an unrevealed past in Chile. At some time in the ensuing few years, he entered into a partnership with Gus, who served as Don Eladio's chief distributor in the American Southwest.
Following the deaths of Juan Bolsa and the Cousins, and Gus's subsequent establishment of the superlab, Don Eladio orders retribution through his henchman Gaff, hijacking meth deliveries and killing some of Gus's operatives. Gus agrees to Eladio's demands—the formula for the blue meth, the services of a chemist, and a 50% share in the business—and travels to the cartel's superlab with Mike and Jesse. 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. However, shortly afterwards the capos begin to collapse, victims of a poison Gus had put in the tequila. Eladio realizes that Gus (who has vomited up some of the poisoned tequila then soon after is given an antidote after escaping to his prepared field hospital) has betrayed him, but he collapses dead into the swimming pool before he can take any action.
He reappears in Better Call Saul through a flashback, meeting and ridiculing Hector in his hacienda because of his inferiority to Gus Fring.
Juan Bolsa (played by Javier Grajeda) is a high-level member of the Mexican drug cartel to which the Salamanca family and Gus belong. 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. 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. 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 goes on to say that he cannot guarantee the Cousins will listen to reason and leave Walter alive until his business with Gus is done. He has forbidden the Cousins to kill Hank, the person who killed Tuco, because DEA agents and other law enforcement officers are usually designated "off limits" since attacking them brings on more police scrutiny and enforcement. Gus secretly sanctions an attack on Hank instead of Walter, resulting in severe injuries to Hank and the deaths of The Cousins. Bolsa meets his end when Gus secretly tips off Mexican federales in Ciudad Juárez, who kill Bolsa as retaliation for The Cousins' attack on Hank. His name, translated literally from Spanish, is John Bag or John Sack; this is a nod to the character John "Johnny Sack" Sacrimoni from the HBO drama The Sopranos. Both characters are high-ranking members of powerful crime families who are very level-headed, well-spoken, and act as intermediaries between their families and others.
Better Call SaulEdit
In a flashback to 1999, Bolsa delivers Gus's tribute to Don Eladio at Eladio's hacienda. Hector, and Ximenez Lercerda, the Salamancas' driver and smuggler are there so Hector can pay tribute to Eladio, but Hector is humiliated embarrassed by the size of Gus's tribute. In "Lantern," Gus and Bolsa meet with Hector; Bolsa decrees that because Hector's trucking network has been disrupted, his drugs must be smuggled from Mexico through Gus's Los Pollos Hermanos trucks. This enrages Hector, who wants to continue his own smuggling and not be reliant on Gus. When Hector suffers a stroke, Bolsa flees to keep secret the connection between the Salamancas and Don Eladio.
Hector Salamanca (played by Mark Margolis) is the elderly Don who was once a brutal Mexican drug kingpin and an associate of cartel boss Don Eladio. However, a stroke has rendered him unable to walk or speak, and he communicates only by ringing a hotel's front desk call bell attached to his wheelchair. Despite this, he is still of sound mind. He is Tuco Salamanca's uncle, having raised him as a son, along with Tuco's twin cousins Leonel and Marco. Though brutal, Hector is very loyal. He spent 17 years in San Quentin State Prison, never once revealing any information to the authorities. He taught his nephews that family is everything and lives by the creed himself. 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 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. Hector decides to help Walt kill Gus by requesting a DEA meeting in order to lure Gus to him. Tyrus spots Hector leaving the DEA building, suspects Hector of being a DEA informant, and alerts Gus. Gus and Tyrus prepare to kill Hector in Hector's nursing home room, and Gus orders Hector to look at him. When a sorrowful-looking Hector finally looks at Gus (something Gus wanted Hector to do all season), Hector's facial expression changes to wrath as he begins repeatedly ringing his bell. Gus realizes that the bell is attached to a bomb under Hector's wheelchair and tries to run, but is caught in the explosion. Hector and Tyrus are instantly killed, while Gus dies a few moments after leaving the room.
Better Call SaulEdit
After Mike and Nacho sideline Tuco by provoking him into attacking Mike over a staged fender bender, Hector approaches Mike and offers him $5,000 to recant his testimony that Tuco was carrying a gun, which will reduce Tuco's sentence. 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. Mike eventually accepts $50,000 for recanting his testimony.
Despite complying with Hector's demands, Mike is not happy about the threats to Kaylee's life and retaliates by attacking an ice cream truck transporting Hector's drug cash. Hector kills a witness who stopped to aid the driver, and later has the Cousins kill the driver and bury him in the desert. While Hector and the Cousins are preparing to kill the driver, Mike attempts to shoot Hector with a sniper rifle, but is stopped by someone unseen, who sets off his car horn and leaves a note warning him not to do it. Mike later learns it was Gus who tracked his location and warned him against killing Hector; Gus intends to take over Hector's drug operation, and believes the time is not yet right.
Hector is in competition with Gus for control of cross-border drug smuggling. The conflict escalates after Mike attacks another of Hector's trucks, this time planting drugs and causing two of Hector's drivers to get arrested at the customs inspection station. Juan Bolsa directs Gus to take over transportation of Hector's drugs, not realizing this is exactly what Gus wants.
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. Hector suffers a stroke while meeting with Gus and Juan Bolsa, but Gus saves him with CPR and he is taken to the hospital.
Gus arranges for a specialist, Dr. Maureen Bruckner, to be flown in from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore to oversee Hector's care. Over the next few months, her therapy regimen restores Hector's mental faculties, but he's unable to speak and he's immobile except for the index finger of his right hand. Gus has her discontinue treatment, effectively trapping his sound mind in his unhealed body.
Tuco Salamanca (played by Raymond Cruz) is a Mexican drug kingpin who becomes Walter and Jesse's meth distributor. He is unpredictable and prone to violent outbursts, but respectful of Walter because of Walter's superior product, intelligence, business style, and guts. He has no respect for Jesse, whom he continually taunts, threatens, and abuses. After Walt and Jesse become inadvertent witnesses when he brutally assaults and kills one of his henchmen, they plan to poison him by coating their next delivery of meth with ricin they have manufactured. However, a few days later, the DEA raids Tuco's headquarters. Tuco carjacks Jesse and kidnaps him and Walt, suspecting that they reported the murder to the authorities.
Tuco forces Walt and Jesse into the trunk, and drives to the remote desert house of his tío (uncle), Hector, who cannot walk or speak due to a previous stroke. He reveals that his cousins are coming to the house to take them all to Mexico, where Walt will cook his blue meth for the cartel. Thinking Hector is unaware of his surroundings, Walt sprinkes Tuco's food with the ricin while Tuco is not looking, but Hector rings a bell on his wheelchair to warn Tuco that something is wrong. Tuco takes Jesse outside, beats him, throws him to the ground, and threatens to execute him with an M16 rifle unless Walt tells him what Hector saw. Walt sees that Jesse has his hand around a rock on the ground, so he distracts Tuco by admitting that he tried to poison him. Jesse uses the diversion to hit Tuco in the head with the rock, and during the ensuing scuffle, he grabs the 1911 pistol from Tuco's waistband and shoots him in the abdomen. Walt and Jesse leave Tuco to bleed out, taking the rifle to Jesse's car to escape, only to realize that Tuco had taken Jesse's keys. They see a vehicle approaching and believe it is Tuco's cousins arriving to smuggle them into Mexico, so they flee and hide behind some desert plants growing on a slight ridge, leaving the rifle in the car.
However, the approaching vehicle is actually Walt's brother-in-law Hank, who is out looking for the missing Walt, and has been following the LoJack signal of Jesse's car due to his belief that Jesse had been selling marijuana to Walt. Tuco gets back on his feet and staggers to the car. When Hank arrives, Tuco pulls the rifle from Jesse's car and fires at Hank. Hank returns fire with a Glock pistol, and kills Tuco with a shot to the head after a brief shootout. Hank's DEA colleagues present him with a paperweight embedded with Tuco's grill as a trophy, which he later throws into a river in disgust.
Better Call SaulEdit
Tuco reappears in Better Call Saul. His first appearance comes after two skateboarders pulling off a scam for Jimmy McGill accidentally target Tuco's grandmother, mistaking her for Betsy Kettleman. Tuco and his crew take Jimmy and the skateboarders out into the desert, intent on killing them, but Jimmy manages to talk Tuco down to just breaking one leg on each of the skateboarders to send a message.
In season 2, Tuco's lieutenant, Nacho Varga, becomes wary of Tuco's violent methods and requests Mike's help to assassinate him. Mike agrees at first, despite his reservations, sets a meeting with an arms dealer, but has second thoughts during that meeting, and instead designs a scheme to temporarily sideline Tuco. As part of the plan, Mike stages a 911 call from a payphone across the street from a restaurant where Tuco does accounting with his dealers. He then drives across the street and deliberately side-swipes Tuco's car while pulling into the restaurant. Enraged that Mike is blowing him off, Tuco tries to grab his wallet, but Mike fights back, then taunts him and purposefully takes a severe beating, while firmly holding Tuco to prevent him from fleeing the scene. The fight ends with Tuco knocking Mike out with a punch to the head just as the police arrives in response to Mike's earlier call.
Although Tuco is initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon because of the gun he was carrying, his uncle Hector bribes Mike into saying that the gun was his. Instead, Tuco is only charged (and eventually convicted) of simple assault, which would have him being released right before the events of Breaking Bad.
In "Off Brand," Tuco is mentioned to have knifed an inmate and wounded a guard in an altercation at Los Lunas, prolonging his sentence for the original assault.
Leonel and Marco SalamancaEdit
Leonel and Marco Salamanca (played by Daniel and Luis Moncada), referred to as the Cousins, are hitmen for a Ciudad Juárez Mexican drug cartel. Their austere, mechanical physicality and virtually non-verbal interaction makes them a fearsome presence and they kill without hesitation or emotion. Leonel and Marco's killings included the decapitation by machete of Tortuga, whose head was then attached to a tortoise as part of a bomb which inflicted casualties on several DEA agents.
As children, the Cousins were raised by Hector Salamanca, who once tested them when he stopped a boyhood fight by nearly drowning Marco, which forced Leonel to hit Hector to make him release his grip. After Marco caught his breath, Hector reinforced the lesson that "family is all." Following the death of their cousin Tuco, Hector summoned them to New Mexico to kill Walter. En route to being smuggled into the US, they hid with other undocumented immigrants in the back of a hay truck, and killed the entire group when one recognized them by their silver skull boot tips.
The Cousins quickly tracked Walter to his house and were waiting inside to kill him when Mike informed Victor of their presence. Victor told Gus, who contacted the cartel. The Cousins then received a text message telling them to abort, so they left without Walter knowing they had been there. Although Gus gave them permission to kill Walter after Gus's partnership with him ended three months later, Gus was warned that the Cousins would probably ignore the arrangement. Mike later found outside Walt's house a chalk drawing of a scythe, which he believed the Cousins have left to send the message that their murder of Walt was imminent.
Gus redirected the Cousins by telling them Hank killed Tuco, and he told them they had his permission to kill Hank even though the cartel refrained from killing law enforcement officers, because that would draw undue attention to their activities. Leonel and Marco moved to kill Hank, but Gus anonymously warned Hank just before the confrontation. Aware of the threat, Hank saw Leonel advancing on him and backed his car up quickly, trapping Leonel between his car and another, which crushed Leonel's legs. Marco opened fire on Hank, who escaped out the passenger side door and crawled away. Marco strode after Hank, shooting and killing a passerby who surprised him, while another bystander escaped the same fate when Marco stopped to reload. Hank then surprised Marco from behind and shot him in the chest four times, but all four bullets were stopped by Marco's bulletproof vest. Marco shot Hank twice in the chest, but rather than finish him off with another shot, Marco returned to his car for an axe. Hank took advantage of the pause to load Leonel's empty gun with a hollow-point round that Marco had dropped next to him. When Marco re-approached Hank, Hank killed him with a shot to the head.
To silence Leonel while he was in the hospital following his leg amputation, Gus distracted the police assigned to the security detail by bringing them food from Los Pollos Hermanos, giving Mike the opportunity to sneak into Leonel's room and administer a lethal injection. Leonel died, and Mike quietly disposed of the syringe he used, unnoticed by the police officers nearby.
Better Call SaulEdit
The Cousins reappeared in Better Call Saul as Hector's enforcers. They are first shown threatening Mike's granddaughter Kaylee when Mike refuses to recant his testimony against Tuco. When Mike is waiting to shoot Hector from a hilltop with a sniper rifle, he sees Leonel and Marco kill the Salamanca's ice cream truck driver and drug smuggler Ximenez Lecerda, who Mike had robbed a few days earlier.
In Season 4, after Gus blackmails Nacho into becoming a double agent, he has Nacho trick the Cousins into attacking the Espinosa gang. After wiping out the entire compound, they flee to Mexico to escape police scrutiny.
Eduardo "Lalo" Salamanca is another of Hector's nephews. He arrives from Mexico soon after Hector's stroke to help run the family's drug operation, and takes a greater interest in the day-to-day details than Hector did, which makes Nacho uneasy. Lalo visits Hector in the nursing home and gives him the gift of a front desk call bell, which Lalo kept as a souvenir after Hector killed a hotelier and burned down his building. Lalo attaches the bell to Hector's wheelchair, enabling him to communicate more effectively with his right index finger, the only body part Hector can move when he emerges from his coma. Lalo thanks Gus for giving Hector first aid and paying for his care, but also surveils Gus's subordinates in order to learn their regular activities.
Gaff (played by Maurice Compte) is a member of Don Eladio's drug cartel. He is first seen coordinating the hijacking of a Los Pollos Hermanos truck that is transporting drugs and killing the guards inside by filling it with engine exhaust fumes. Gaff serves as the cartel's representative in a sitdown with Gus, where he rejects Gus's offer of $50 million to cut all ties and informs Gus there will be no negotiation, only an ultimatum to deliver the formula for the blue methamphetamine. Later, Gaff kills one of Gus's men with a sniper rifle at the chicken farm but stops shooting when Gus presents himself as a target and agrees to negotiate with Eladio. Gaff is present when the cartel is poisoned; Mike garrotes him as he checks on the ill Eladio.
Gonzo (played by Jesus Payan Jr.) is Tuco Salamanca's brother-in-law and one of his lieutenants. He dies while moving No Doze's body from under a stack of cars in a junkyard; the stack shifts and catches his arm under it, partially severing it and causing him to bleed to death. When Walter and Jesse learn he is dead, they incorrectly assume that Tuco is killing any witnesses to No Doze's murder. Later, when Tuco finds Gonzo is not returning his calls, he falsely believes Gonzo is working as a police informant.
No Doze (played by Cesar Garcia) is one of the head lieutenants in Tuco's drug organization. Tuco beats him to death for telling Walter and Jesse, "Just remember who you're working for," which Tuco takes as an insult to his intelligence and an encroachment on his authority.
Tortuga (played by Danny Trejo) is an informant for the DEA in El Paso on the inner workings of the Mexican cartels. Cartel operatives cut off his head and place it atop a tortoise (Tortuga is Spanish for "tortoise") with "HOLA DEA" ("Hello DEA") written across its shell. A hidden bomb in the head then explodes, killing the tortoise and a DEA agent, and severely injuring some of the DEA agents and Mexican policemen on the scene with Hank. It is later revealed that Tortuga was beheaded by Tuco's cousins Leonel and Marco Salamanca under Juan Bolsa's direct order.
Independent drug tradersEdit
Declan (played by Louis Ferreira) is a meth dealer who operates in Phoenix, Arizona and was previously a competitor to Gus Fring. Mike attempts to sell him the methylamine, but Walter instead suggests that Declan take over distribution of the blue meth in return for 35% of revenue. Lydia later tries to convince Declan to replace his meth cook, whose product is of unacceptably poor quality, with Todd. When Declan refuses, Lydia signals Todd's uncle's white supremacist gang to massacre Declan and his entire crew.
Emilio Koyama (played by John Koyama) is Jesse's former partner in the meth business and Krazy 8's cousin. According to Jesse, they met when they were still in elementary school. In the "Pilot" episode, Emilio is arrested during a DEA raid on a house (at which Walter is present during a "ride along" with Hank) in which the DEA is looking for a meth supplier who goes by the street name "Captain Cook." Emilio makes bail and, suspicious that Jesse ratted him out to the police (although it is later revealed Krazy-8 was a DEA informant), forces Jesse to lead him and Krazy-8 to Jesse's new partner. Emilio recognizes Walt from the time of his arrest and suggests killing both Walt and Jesse. Walt convinces them to spare their lives if he teaches them his meth formula. While the three are in the RV in the desert, Walt deliberately causes a chemical explosion and flees, trapping Emilio and Krazy-8 inside the RV with deadly phosphine gas. Emilio dies and Jesse subsequently disposes of his body by dissolving it, albeit disastrously in hydrofluoric acid in Jesse's bathtub.
Domingo Gallardo "Krazy-8" Molina (played by Maximino Arciniega) is a meth distributor associated with his cousin Emilio and Jesse Pinkman. Unbeknown to Walt and Jesse, Krazy-8 is a DEA informant, who acquired the customers of the dealers he ratted out. Krazy-8 becomes suspicious of Jesse when Jesse attempts to sell him a new product after Emilio's arrest, and Krazy-8 forces Jesse to take him to Jesse's new partner. Krazy-8 suspects Walt is involved with law enforcement and appears intent on killing him until Walt offers to teach Krazy-8 his drug formula. While mixing chemicals, Walt creates a small explosion that produces phosphine gas and appears to kill both Emilio and Krazy-8. Emilio dies, but Krazy-8 regains consciousness, prompting Jesse and Walt to imprison him in Jesse's basement for several days as Walt works up the courage to kill him. Walt begins to bond with Krazy-8, who has regained his health, feeding him and sharing beers, and attempts to rationalize freeing him, but strangles him with a bicycle lock upon realizing that Krazy-8 plans to attack him with a concealed piece of a broken crockery. 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. From that point on, throughout the series, Walt makes sandwiches without bread crusts, adopting Krazy-8's manner of eating sandwiches.
The fourth-season character Maximino Arciniega shares his name with the actor who portrayed Krazy-8.
Arciniega reprised the role of Krazy-8 as a recurring character in Better Call Saul. He is first shown in "Gloves Off," where he is shown handing a cash payment to Tuco at a Mexican restaurant prior to Mike and Nacho setting Tuco up to get sent to jail. He works for his family business, Tampico Furniture in Albuquerque as a straight job and deals the drugs he gets from the Salamanca's Albuquerque operation. Later, in "Off Brand," he is revealed to be having issues paying Hector in a timely fashion, causing Hector to order a reluctant Nacho to give Krazy-8 a beating. In the episode Coushatta, Nacho has taken on greater role in managing the Salamanca drug business and trains Domingo to employ violence on dealers whose payments are short, the same way Hector once trained Nacho.
Jack Welker (played by Michael Bowen) is Todd's uncle and the leader of a white supremacist gang. Walter pays Jack to kill Mike's crew after they're arrested, because Walt fears they can identify him as a member of Gus's operation and may enter into plea bargains since the DEA has stopped the payments Gus had arranged for their families. Jack's gang kills nine of Mike's men and their lawyer Dan Wachsberger in three prisons, within two minutes, which prevents any of them from warning the others or law enforcement authorities from adding extra protection. Jack also heads his gang's massacre of Declan's at Lydia's behest after Declan refuses Lydia's request to replace his shoddy meth cook with Todd.
Jack and his crew are later hired by Walter to kill Jesse in exchange for teaching Todd to cook meth one more time. 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. Nonetheless, Jack and his crew arrive and engage in a shootout with Hank and Gomez. Following the shootout, in which Gomez is killed, Jack murders Hank and abducts Jesse, then forces him to work as an enslaved meth cook. 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).
Jack dies when Walter arrives at his hideout and remotely activates an M60 machine gun, which injures Walt and kills Jack's henchmen. Todd manages to duck the bullets, but is strangled by an enraged Jesse. Jack attempts to leverage Walter's remaining money, but Walter shoots him with his own gun, in the same manner that Jack shot Hank.
Jesse's friends and familyEdit
Andrea Cantillo (played by Emily Rios) is a love interest of Jesse Pinkman's. She is a recovering meth addict and single mother to a young son named Brock (played by Ian Posada). Jesse meets her at a drug addicts' support group meeting and initially tries to get her to relapse so she will become a customer of his, but he reverses course when he learns she has a young son to care for. He engages in a romantic relationship with her, but ends it when he discovers that the 11-year-old boy who killed his friend "Combo" is her younger brother Tomas Cantillo (played by Angelo Martinez). After the break-up, she confronts Jesse at his home about a large sum of money he had left for her at her home. He tells her the money is for her to move out of her bad neighborhood and to help raise her son. Saul continues to deliver money to her, in her new home, on Jesse's behalf. In Season 4, she and Jesse reunite. When Brock is poisoned, Jesse rushes to the hospital and stays there until the doctors notify him that Brock will survive. In Season 5, Walt manipulates Jesse into leaving her, by advising Jesse that he would have to be honest with her about all the crimes he has committed. While Jesse does send them off again, he continues providing for them financially. Later in the season, Andrea is again contacted by Walt in a failed attempt to lure Jesse out of DEA protection. Walter assigns Jack to watch over the house in case Jesse makes an appearance. Subsequently, Jack uses her as leverage against Jesse, who is kept prisoner by him and his team to cook meth for them. After Jesse attempts to escape from Jack's gang, Todd shoots and kills Andrea while Jesse is forced to watch. Jesse is threatened with Brock's death if he attempts to escape again.
Brock Cantillo (played by Ian Posada) is Andrea's eight-year-old son. Andrea is a recovering meth addict and single mother. Jesse meets her at a drug addicts' twelve-step program meeting and initially tries to get her to relapse, so she will become his customer, but he reverses course when he meets Brock and realizes she has a young son to care for. Jesse engages in a romantic relationship with Andrea, but ends it when he discovers the 11-year-old boy who killed his friend "Combo" is her younger brother Tomas Cantillo (played by Angelo Martinez); however, Jesse continues to offer financial support to Andrea and Brock.
In Season 4, Andrea and Jesse reunite. When Brock is poisoned, Jesse rushes to the hospital and stays there until the doctors notify him that Brock will survive. Jesse fears Brock was poisoned by a ricin cigarette Jesse was carrying. Walt tries to convince Jesse that Gus poisoned Brock. This manipulation by Walt renews Jesse's loyalty to him rather than to Gus. In the final season Jesse changes his mind about leaving town and assuming a new identity when he realizes Walt poisoned Brock. Jesse rushes to Walt's house and attempts to burn it down, but is intercepted by Hank.
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. After Jesse attempts to escape, Todd shoots and kills Andrea, and forces Jesse to watch. Jesse is threatened with Brock's death if he attempts to escape again.
Jane Margolis (played by Krysten Ritter) is Jesse's neighbor, landlady, and lover. She is a prolific drafter, a skill that she has used to become a tattoo artist despite not having any tattoos. She is also a recovering drug addict. She discovers that Jesse also has a history of drawing, and each is intrigued by the other. Jane carries an aloof air but she and Jesse quickly become a couple. She relapses into drug addiction and introduces Jesse to heroin. She later phones Walt and threatens to expose him if he refuses to give Jesse his share of money from a major methamphetamine deal with Gus Fring, a deal that Jesse had nearly ruined by his drug use. Her actions work. After Walt drops off Jesse's cut of nearly a half million dollars to his duplex apartment, she and Jesse discuss running away together to New Zealand to start new lives. They then enter Jesse's bedroom and see the heroin, but instead of throwing it away as they had promised themselves earlier, they get high and fall asleep. That night Walt returns to the apartment and finds the drugged-out couple unconscious in bed. In the process of trying to wake Jesse from his stupor, Walt accidentally turns Jane on her back. Still asleep, she soon begins to vomit, and Walt silently stands at the bedside watching her choke and then die from asphyxiation. Although Walt did not deliberately create the circumstances of Jane's demise, he did choose to do nothing to prevent her death once he saw her choking. Series creator Vince Gilligan later explained Walt's motive for allowing Jane to die. In 2013, during a panel discussion about Breaking Bad in New York City for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, he stated that Walt was afraid that Jane's bad influence would lead Jesse to an early death from a heroin overdose.
Jane's death manifests significant repercussions throughout Season 3, and is largely responsible for Jesse's downward spiral throughout the first half of the season, as well as her father Donald's deep depression that affects him to the point that he fails in his duties as an air-traffic controller, leading to a mid-air collision between a 737 and a King Air 350 ("ABQ"). Walt also expresses guilt over his inaction towards Jane to Jesse in the episode "Fly," while under the influence of sleeping pills, and he later questions the statistical improbability of both meeting her and talking to her father on the same night despite having met neither beforehand. Walt finally reveals his role in Jane's death to Jesse in the series' ante-penultimate episode, "Ozymandias." This left him more visibly betrayed by Walt for his lack of intervention that led to her death as Jack and his men take Jesse away.
Brandon "Badger" MayhewEdit
Brandon "Badger" Mayhew (played by Matt L. Jones) is Jesse's friend. Despite being on probation, Badger still uses drugs. He had a job as a mascot for a bank, advertising on the street. During Season 1, Badger leaves the job to briefly team up with Jesse in order to cook crystal meth. However, disagreements between the two soon occur, and they bitterly part ways. In Season 2, Badger and Jesse reconcile, and he helps clear the meth lab from Jesse's basement and assists in hiding Jesse's RV to avert police suspicion. Walt and Jesse later employ Badger to sell their product, but he is soon arrested, causing complications. Once released, Badger flees New Mexico to lie low in California for a while. After Badger returns to New Mexico, Jesse takes advantage of him by easily persuading him to start selling for them again. Later, Badger appears at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting with Skinny Pete, informing a group of recovering drug addicts that "Blue Sky" (Walt and Jesse's product) is back in town with the intention of finding new buyers. Soon, he and Skinny Pete begin to find the meetings helpful and continue to attend regularly. Badger helps Jesse several more times over the series, and is in attendance at Jesse's house party, which lasted several days. He is also the lead singer for a band with Jesse called TwaüghtHammër. Badger is a science fiction fan and discusses an idea for a Star Trek script at length in the episode "Blood Money." He and Skinny Pete help Walt threaten the Schwartzes in the series finale, "Felina".
Christian "Combo" Ortega (played by Rodney Rush) is Jesse's friend and a dealer of Jesse's methamphetamine. He is also revealed to have been the one who originally owned the RV that Walt and Jesse cooked meth in, which Combo had sold to Jesse for $1,400 without his family's knowledge, which provides a big clue for Hank when tracking down "Heisenberg."
Combo is later killed in "Mandala," when a rival drug group corners him while he is dealing methamphetamine on "foreign turf." Combo calls his friend Skinny Pete to report two men are "mad eyeballing" him. As he hangs up the phone, a kid on a bicycle (later revealed to be Tomas Cantillo, part of the gang) shoots him several times, killing him on the street. Combo's death drives Jesse to spiral into drug addiction.
Skinny Pete (played by Charles Baker) is Jesse's friend. He served time in prison with Tuco and introduces him to Jesse. Jesse recruits Skinny Pete to deal meth, although Pete is on probation. When Pete is mugged by two addicts, Jesse is forced to get the money and product back. After Badger is arrested and Combo is killed, Pete quits dealing for Jesse, fearing being sent back to prison and for his own safety. He decides to sell meth for Jesse again, albeit on a smaller scale. He attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings with Badger. After following the program together and staying clean, they relapse when Jesse tempts them with meth. After a few days of heavy meth use they leave Jesse's house. In the Season 5 episode "Hazard Pay," Skinny Pete is shown to be a talented pianist as he plays a small section of C.P.E. Bach's Solfeggietto at a music store. He is also seen in the mid-season premiere "Blood Money," hanging out at Jesse's house and listening to Badger's Star Trek script.
Skinny Pete is seen briefly in the series finale, having been hired by Walt (along with Badger) to use laser pointers to imitate sniper rifles when Walt threatens Gretchen and Elliot should they decide to not take his money and give it to his children. The two are also the ones who reveal that Jesse is still alive, something Walt didn't know.
Adam & Mrs. PinkmanEdit
Adam Pinkman (played by Michael Bofshever) and Mrs. Pinkman (played by Tess Harper) are Jesse Pinkman's parents. Due to Jesse's drug abuse, they have a strained relationship with their son, culminating when they kick him out of his late aunt's house, where Jesse had been living alone after serving as his aunt's caretaker and friend. Mr. and Mrs. Pinkman renovate the home, preparing it for sale. Meanwhile, Jesse works with Saul Goodman to reacquire the home. Representing Jesse (who does not attend the meeting), Saul presents an offer significantly under market value. Offended, the Pinkmans begin to leave the negotiating table. As they are leaving, Saul mentions that the home used to host a meth lab, which was not revealed in the disclosure. Realising their legal obligation, and that the sale price will plummet, Mr. & Mrs. Pinkman reluctantly agree to a deal.
On the closing date, Jesse visits his parents at the newly renovated home. When Jesse heads to the front door, Mrs. Pinkman tells Jesse that the house has been sold, and that he needs to leave, as the new owners will be stopping by shortly. When Jesse doesn't stop, a confused Mrs. Pinkman asks where he is going. Jesse states, "Inside. I bought the place." It is only at this point that Jesse's parents realize Saul was representing Jesse at the negotiation.
Jake Pinkman (played by Ben Petry) is Jesse's younger, over-achieving brother. Jesse accepts the blame for a joint belonging to Jake, which results in Jesse being thrown out of his parents' house. After apologizing to his brother, Jake asks for his joint back; Jesse responds by crushing it on the sidewalk and informing his brother that the marijuana is of poor quality anyway.
Wendy (portrayed by Julia Minesci) is a meth-addicted street prostitute, who associates with Jesse Pinkman and is featured in the online promotional material as one of Saul Goodman's clients (as "Wendy S."). She helps Jesse maintain an alibi and withstands an intense interrogation from Hank Schrader on Jesse's behalf. Recognizing her loyalty to him, Jesse tries to convince her to help him kill two drug dealers who convinced an 11-year-old boy to murder Combo on Gus's orders. She declines at first, fearing the repercussions, revealing that she has a son whom she needs to protect, but Jesse persuades her to help by drawing a comparison between the murdered boy and her own son. At the last moment, she is spared the ordeal by Mike, who intervenes to take Jesse to a meeting with the drug dealers.
Associates of Saul GoodmanEdit
Huell Babineaux (played by Lavell Crawford) is Saul Goodman's bodyguard, who also executes various intimidation tactics and performs other errands. Hired more for his size and pick pocketing 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. Huell and Kuby were sent to intimidate Ted Beneke into paying his IRS debts with the money Skyler gave him, and Ted's attempt to flee caused head and neck injuries that resulted in his hospitalization.
In "Buried," Saul sends Huell and Kuby to collect Walt's money from a storage locker and in "Confessions," Saul tasks Huell with pick pocketing Jesse's marijuana so Jesse won't be high when he contacts Saul's "disappearer" for a new identity. It's while Jesse is waiting for the disapperaer that he realizes his weed is gone and comprehends that Huell had earlier pick pocketed from him the ricin cigarette Walt had intended for Jesse to use in killing Gus. Jesse's realization that Huell stole the ricin cigarette enables him to understand that Walt must have poisoned Brock in order to turn Jesse against Gus.
Hank and Gomez later interrogate Huell to learn where Walt hid his money, telling him falsely that Walt intends to kill him to ensure that no one can trace Walt's drug dealing past. They use a staged photo of Jesse, who appears to have been killed with a gunshot to the head, to coax Huell into revealing that he and Kuby packed Walt's money into seven barrels, then loaded the barrels into a rented van. Huell also reveals that the van was so dirty on the outside when Walt returned that they washed it before returning it, implying that Walt's money was buried somewhere in the desert. Hank and Gomez tell Huell to sit and wait until they come back for him, but they're killed and never return, so his fate remains unknown.
Huell reappears in Better Call Saul, initially when Jimmy hires him to plant a cell phone battery in Chuck's pocket as part of Jimmy's defense strategy to discredit Chuck's mental health. Jimmy later hires Huell to serve as a bodyguard while Jimmy conducts his business re-selling pre-paid cellular phones. 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. As Jimmy is still disbarred for another month, he brings in Kim Wexler to defend Huell, who plans to jump bail and flee rather than go to prison. To get Huell out of trouble, Jimmy and Kim pull a con on the ADA. The con succeeds in forcing the ADA to accept a plea deal to a lesser misdemeanor, a plea that gets Huell four months probation and time served, ensuring that he doesn't have to go to prison.
Ed (played by Robert Forster) is an associate of Saul Goodman's who specializes in protecting Saul's clients by giving them new identities and new places to live. In "Granite State," he takes Walter White to New Hampshire, hiding him away in a cabin in a rural area. Walt depends on him for several months for supplies and, at times, companionship. Ed also helps Saul escape to Omaha, Nebraska.
Francesca Liddy (played by Tina Parker) is Saul Goodman's outspoken receptionist and secretary. Originally hired at the Wexler-McGill law firm, she continued to work for Jimmy when he re-branded himself as Saul.
Patrick Kuby (played by Bill Burr) is one of Saul Goodman's hired hands. He assists in facilitating the car wash sale to the Whites by impersonating an environmental inspector and later intimidates Ted Beneke with Huell's help. He also aids Walt, Jesse, and Mike in their train robbery and helps Huell collect Walt's money from storage. Before moving to Albuquerque, Kuby was involved in organized crime in Boston (Burr is from the Boston area as well).
Hugo Archuleta (played by Pierre Barrera) is a former custodian at JP Wynne High School. When Walt had to leave class to vomit (a consequence of his chemotherapy), Hugo cleaned up after him. After the DEA connects missing school equipment to methamphetamine production, Hugo is one of the initial suspects because of the access his custodial duties afford him. Hugo is soon placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and fired, and after a search of his home, more marijuana is found but no methamphetamine or items that could connect him with the meth investigation.
Ted Beneke (played by Christopher Cousins) is the president and owner of Beneke Fabricators. He gives Skyler her old job back as an accountant during the second season. Ted has always been attracted to Skyler but doesn't make any advances since her return. Ted commits tax fraud to keep the company alive and save everyone's jobs. He admits this when Skyler finds out while working on the company's books. Skyler sleeps with Ted in season three, to exact revenge against Walt, but she ignores Ted's offer for her to leave some of her things at his house. When Walt finds out about their affair, he goes to angrily confront Ted, who hides in his office. This escalates into a scene where Walt is escorted out by security and the company staff is aware of Skyler's relationship with Ted. Skyler later gets angry at Ted when he shows up at her house to ask about their relationship, and she later severs both her personal and professional ties with him.
In season 4, Ted meets with Skyler, who is now running a car wash, and notifies her of the IRS' criminal investigation into his company's tax fraud. Since Skyler is heavily linked to Ted's tax fraud, and her entire family would be put under surveillance if the investigation were to proceed, she intervenes by pretending to be a ditzy accountant at Ted's meeting with the IRS. While her show of incompetence (allegedly using Quicken to handle the company's accounting and ignoring electronic transactions) forestalls a full investigation, provided he pays his back taxes and penalties, she must still deal with his poor financial standing and ensure he complies with the IRS' stipulation. Skyler arranges for Ted to receive money to pay off his IRS obligations by having Saul manufacture a dead relative in Luxembourg who leaves Ted a sizable inheritance. However, a follow up by Saul reveals that Ted has leased a new Mercedes and is using the funds to reopen his business. When Skyler urges Ted to pay the IRS first, he refuses and tells her to leave. Seeing no alternative, Skyler is forced to reveal it is she who gave Ted the money. Ted still refuses to pay the IRS, as he will lose his home and social status, regardless. Skyler perceives his motive to be blackmail; she thinks he expects her to foot not only his tax bill but his other obligations as well. With no other options, Skyler has Saul Goodman send two of his men—Huell and Kuby—to force Beneke to write the check. They succeed, but Beneke then panics and attempts to flee. In the process, he trips on a loose rug and crashes headfirst into a counter.
At the start of the fifth season, it is revealed that Beneke did not die from the fall. However, he has been gravely injured. When Skyler visits him in the hospital, an intimidated Ted guarantees his silence.
Clovis (played by Tom Kiesche) is Badger's cousin who operates a vehicle towing and repair service. When Jesse's RV quits running, Clovis charges him an exorbitant amount to tow and store the vehicle, due to its cargo. Clovis repairs the RV and catches Jesse sleeping in it after Jesse has scaled the fence (and destroyed a portable toilet in the process) after being evicted from his home. Clovis orders Jesse to pay for the repairs and property damage and then threatens to sell off Jesse's inventory to cover the repairs, when Jesse claims he cannot furnish immediate payment. Jesse again breaks into the gated lot and drives through the gate without paying for the repairs. He later returns to pay Clovis for the repairs and damages and arranges to store the RV inside Clovis' gated lot for $500 per week. Clovis later sells Jesse a used red Toyota Tercel hatchback. Jesse decides to retrieve the RV, but Walter has warned Clovis that the DEA is looking for it, forcing Clovis to bring it to a junkyard to be destroyed.
Louis Corbett (played by Kyle Swimmer and Caleb Landry Jones) is Walt Jr.'s best friend. They both attend JP Wynne High School. He frequently gives Walt Jr. rides to school and helps him set up a PayPal account for donations to Walt Jr.'s website.
Dr. Delcavoli (played by David House) is Walt's physician during the first two seasons. He is said to be one of the top 10 oncologists in the United States.
The Group Leader (played by Jere Burns) is a counselor who leads group therapy sessions at Narcotics Anonymous. His real name is not revealed. He takes a calm, non-judgmental approach to leading discussions and emphasizes that those attending his sessions are there not to improve themselves, but to learn self-acceptance. During an outdoor session at a campfire, he reveals to Jesse and other recovering addicts that in July 1992, while drunk on vodka and high on cocaine, he killed his six-year-old daughter by accidentally hitting her with his car. Jesse, still reeling from Jane's death, asks the Group Leader how can he not hate himself for what happened. The Group Leader responds that self-hatred and guilt stand in the way of achieving true change. The Group Leader is seen again in Season 4, when Jesse returns to a session distraught about killing Gale. During the session, Jesse nearly breaks down and yells at the Group Leader, claiming that his philosophy about "accepting yourself" for making mistakes is wrong and people should be judged for the things they have done. Jesse then asks the Group Leader if he just accepts himself for killing his daughter and admits to the whole group that the only reason he comes to these meetings in the first place is to sell meth to them. He asks the Group Leader if he is okay with that, to which the group leader responds, "No." Jesse retorts, "About time," and leaves the session, never to return.
Lawson (played by Jim Beaver) is Walt's gun dealer. He sold Walt a .38 caliber snub handgun (a Ruger LCR) with the serial number filed off. Walt also purchases an M60 machine gun from Lawson in the restroom of a Denny's. After the purchase he gives Walt the keys to the car that has the M60 hidden in the trunk. The character reappears in the spin-off series Better Call Saul and sells Mike Ehrmantraut a sniper rifle and ammunition which Mike intends to use in assassinating Don Hector Salamanca at a remote desert location.
Donald Margolis (played by John de Lancie) is Jane's father. He owns the building his daughter managed for him. He sent Jane to rehab once before and goes with her to recovery meetings. Donald becomes furious when he discovers that his daughter is back on heroin, suspecting Jesse is at fault. He nearly calls the police but relents when Jane promises to go back into rehab. Depressed, he goes to a bar and strikes up a conversation with a stranger (Walter) about the heartache of raising children. His words inspire Walter to help Jesse get clean from heroin. Walt returns to Jesse's apartment and witnesses Jane choking to death on her vomit while intoxicated on heroin. Heartbroken, Donald is present when the paramedics remove Jane's body and hardly reacts to Jesse's presence. A month later, he returns to work as an Air Traffic Controller while still distraught and causes a mid-air collision of two airplanes. The collision kills 167 people and provides one of the recurring images in the Season 2 flash-forwards, a burned pink teddy bear floating in Walter's pool. Shortly after the incident, Walt hears via his in-car radio that Margolis is rushed to the hospital after a self-inflicted gunshot wound; however, Walt turns the radio off before Margolis' fate is revealed.
Carmen Molina (played by Carmen Serano) is the assistant principal at JP Wynne High School, where Walt teaches and Walt Jr. attends. In Season 3, Walter makes an awkward pass at her, resulting in Walt's being placed on an indefinite sabbatical. In Season 5 it is revealed she has been promoted to principal.
Old Joe (played by Larry Hankin) is the owner of a local junkyard who appears to be in his late 60s. 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. He is also a capable engineer: he provides the magnet system used to wipe the evidence from Gus's laptop and constructs the portable laboratory equipment used in the Vamonos Pest undercover meth lab operation.
Pamela (played by Julie Dretzin) is a divorce attorney hired by Skyler in the third season. Skyler confides in Pamela that Walter is a drug dealer, and Pamela urges her to contact the police.
Gretchen and Elliott SchwartzEdit
Gretchen Schwartz (played by Jessica Hecht) is Walt's former college chemistry assistant and now co-owner of Gray Matter, a successful pharmaceutical company. A former romantic interest of Walt's, she is married to Walt's former partner and friend, Elliott Schwartz (played by Adam Godley), who created Gray Matter alongside Walt. Gretchen discovers that Walter lied to his family, having told them she and Elliott are paying for his treatment, and is horrified when Walt angrily and bitterly blames her and Elliott for ruining his life. Although she claims that Walt sees it wrong, what actually transpired remains unknown except that Walt left her and his research behind suddenly and without explanation after Gretchen took him to her parents' home for the weekend. Out of pity for Walt, Gretchen later covers for him and states that she did help Walt out on the condition that she would deny it if asked by Skyler. She also adds that the two will no longer be able to continue to "fund" Walt's treatment. When told this, Walt spins another lie in which he claims that he met with Gretchen and learned that she and Elliott have gone broke due to the recession, and hence cut off their financial help. Later, after Skyler's suspicions of Walt having an affair with Gretchen are renewed, Skyler makes contact with Gretchen, who tells her they never paid for any of Walt's medical bills.
She is seen with Elliott in the penultimate episode "Granite State," on Charlie Rose. Walt catches the interview at a secluded bar in New Hampshire, after calling the DEA to turn himself in. Charlie questions them about their association with Walt. Elliott insists that Walt had nothing to do with the development of Gray Matter, aside from the name. Gretchen adds that the Walter White she knew, not "Heisenberg," is gone. Walt, quietly furious while watching the interview, leaves the bar before the police arrive.
In the series' last episode "Felina," Walt forces Gretchen and Elliott to give the remainder of his money to Walt Jr. as a donation from their foundation, using Badger and Skinny Pete to hold laser pointers at them from outside (as if they were snipers training laser sights on them) while he explains that two hitmen will kill them if they do not give the money to his son.
Drew Sharp (played by Samuel Webb) is an inquisitive teen living in McKinley County in northwestern New Mexico who appears at the wrong place at the wrong time. In the opening scenes, Drew is on his motorcycle riding around the desert scrub. He hears a train coming down the tracks and sets off to see it, only to encounter Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Todd Alquist as they are celebrating their success in stealing the methylamine from the tanker car on the train Kuby helped them stop. Walt, Jesse, and Todd turn off the engine to their pump and discover Drew and his motorcycle on the other side of the trestle. They wave hello to Drew, but Todd then pulls out his pistol and kills Drew.
Drew's body and motorcycle are hauled back to Vamonos Pest in Albuquerque so that Walter, Mike Ehrmantraut, and Jesse can decide how to dispose of them. Todd keeps the tarantula in the jar. Later on in that episode, KOB Reporter Antoinette Antonio reports on the disappearance of Drew Sharp and how the search for Drew has now expanded beyond McKinley County. The killing of Drew is a critical turning point for Jesse, who ultimately severs his ties with Walt's operation due to his horror and grief at the young boy's death. After Walter belatedly leaves Jesse his share of the buyout money, Jesse seeks Saul Goodman's help to send half of the $5 million to Drew's family, but is rebuffed.
Spooge (played by David Ury) is a drug addict who steals meth from Skinny Pete at knifepoint. Jesse later accosts Spooge in the latter's home as Jesse attempts to retrieve the stolen drugs or cash payment. Spooge attempts to repay Jesse by breaking open an ATM he has stolen from a convenience store. While attempting to drill into the machine from the bottom, he begins verbally abusing his girlfriend (played by Dale Dickey), who tips the ATM, crushing Spooge's head and killing him instantly. Jesse's associates and rivals attribute Spooge's death to Jesse for a short period, until the woman confesses to the murder. Spooge had a son, whose complete neglect caused Jesse to call 911 and leave the phone line open to allow police to trace the call.
Holly White (played by Elanor Anne Wenrich) is Skyler and Walt's infant daughter and Walt Jr.'s younger sister. While pregnant with Holly, Skyler smokes and Walt later finds out. Walt is not present for his daughter's birth because he is preoccupied with drug-related business, and he blames Jesse for making him miss the birth. Ted Beneke, Skyler's boss, takes Skyler to the hospital when she goes into labor. Skyler brings the baby on her trip to the Four Corners Monument, where Skyler tosses a coin while contemplating leaving Walt. Holly is seen learning to walk in Season 5. Holly and her brother spend three months in the home of their Aunt Marie and Uncle Hank while their parents work to determine the state of their marriage. After her Uncle Hank's unexpected death, which causes a nasty fight between Walter and Skyler, Walter kidnaps Holly to "punish" Skyler for attempting to stab him and leaves her at a fire station. She is later returned safely to Skyler. Holly's last appearance occurs in "Felina" where Walter, via a request that is granted by Skyler, holds and embraces her for a moment before he leaves.
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. He is abrasive and rude to Walter, who finds this job degrading and tedious. After Walt is diagnosed with lung cancer in the pilot episode, he angrily lashes out at Bogdan and quits.
Bogdan does not reappear until the third season, when Walt and Skyler are trying to purchase the car wash in order to launder Walt's drug money. When Skyler is trying to negotiate the purchase, Bogdan brings up Walt's angry outburst and states that, if Walt wants to purchase the establishment it will cost him $20 million. When Saul suggests that Walt and Skyler could accuse Bogdan of harboring Islamist terrorists in order to force him to sell the car wash, Walt exasperatedly reveals that Bogdan is, in fact, Romanian. Eventually, Walt and Skyler are able to purchase it for $800,000 after Skyler hires Kuby to perform a fake environmental audit on the car wash.
When Bogdan hands the keys to the building over to Walter, he taunts Walter by implying that he needs his "woman" to do things for him. Walter, having been riled up by Bogdan, refuses to let him leave with his first American business dollar which had been framed and mounted in his shop. Subsequently, Walter spends that dollar in the vending machine to buy a can of soda.
Werner Ziegler (played by Rainer Bock) is a German construction engineer hired by Gustavo Fring to build his underground methamphetamine laboratory. After vetting by Mike Ehrmantraut, Gus chooses Werner over an overly confident French engineer because of his awareness and frank explanation of the difficulties involved in the construction. When it becomes clear that the job will take longer than anticipated and tempers flare among Werner's crew, Mike arranges an "R&R" outing to a strip club. Mike and Werner retire to a quiet bar for a personal conversation, but Mike has to return to the strip club to smooth over an altercation, and during his absence Werner drunkenly reveals construction details to other patrons at the bar. Werner later requests a weekend off to visit with his wife, which Mike denies. Werner then escapes by bypassing the security system where his crew and he are quartered. According to the note he left behind, he plans to visit with his wife and then return to finish the work. Mike tracks Werner down at a local spa, but so does Eduardo "Lalo" Salamanca, to whom Werner mistakenly reveals construction details before Mike ends the call. Mike asks Gus to let Werner return to work, but Gus understands that through Werner Lalo could learn the secret of the meth lab's construction, so he says he'll send men to kill Werner. Mike says he'll do it himself and convinces Werner to contact his wife at the airport and send her home. He promises that Werner's death will have an explanation that satisfies the authorities, so that his wife won't wonder what happened to him, and to return Werner's crew to Germany unharmed. Werner tells Mike he wants to take a last walk to look at the stars, and Mike follows and shoots him in the head.
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