Better Call Saul 6 Season: what happens to Lalo Salamanca?

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The sixth season of Better Call Saul comes to the mid-season break: the seventh episode closed the first half of the season with a shocking cliffhanger, and now the questions remain about what will happen in the last six episodes, which will be distributed from mid-July to mid-August. These will be the episodes that will bring the story of Better Call Saul right before the events we know in Breaking Bad, so the questions are many. What will happen to Kim Wexler? Will we see the death of Lalo Salamanca? How is the Saul Goodman we see in Breaking Bad born?

In this article we will delve into the most probable theory regarding one of Better Call Saul‘s most fascinating characters: Lalo Salamanca.

Is Lalo Salamanca alive in Breaking Bad?

Lalo Salamanca is a ruthless but extremely intelligent character. He always manages to anticipate the footsteps of his enemies. He has no qualms, of course, and he’s capable of killing anyone who crosses his path if it serves his purposes. The way in which Lalo kills Howard in episode 7 of the sixth season proves it: Howard is a complete stranger to him, he does not represent any threat to him, but he does not hesitate to kill him in cold blood in order to terrorize Kim and Saul, preparing them in the ideal mood for their “talk.”

There are several theories related to the future of Lalo Salamanca. Lalo does not appear in Breaking Bad, so it is necessary that the closure of Better Call Saul shows a way in which the story of Lalo ceases to be relevant to the events in question.

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Saul mentions Lalo when he’s kidnapped by Walt e Jessie in Breaking Bad

There is an important element in Breaking Bad that fans of the two series have well in mind: this scene from Breaking Bad second season in which Jesse Pinkman and Walter White kidnap Saul Goodman and threaten him wearing balaclavas. In that situation, Saul is terrified that those two were sent by Lalo Salamanca. “It wasn’t me, it was Ignacio!” he yells, referring to Nacho Vargas, the one who will really betray Lalo in Better Call Saul. “Did Lalo send you?” And when Walt and Jessie say “who??” he thanks Christ. Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad is still scared to death by Lalo Salamanca, and the reason is linked precisely to his surprise return in the 7th episode of the sixth season of Better Call Saul.

According to some fans this would mean that Lalo Salamanca is still alive at that point in the timeline. Therefore it is assumed that Lalo’s departure from the scene before Breaking Bad takes on particular forms: either Lalo ends up in prison, or he disappears into thin air, perhaps using that “disappearance” service of the Ed The Disappearer, the vacuum guy. Both versions, however, do not suit a character like Lalo Salamanca, who never gives up and who always goes to the bottom of every question.

The destiny of Lalo Salamanca

The most plausible theory actually is that Lalo Salamanca dies in the final season of Better Call Saul. There are a number of clues that lead us to believe this:

  • If Lalo were alive in Breaking Bad, there is no way Gus Fring will become the king of meth as he does: Lalo is dedicating his entire life in Better Call Saul to unmasking Gus Fring in the eyes of Don Eladio, bringing him the evidence that Gus is building a mega meth lab. Gus Fring will in fact become the main producer of meth, and will even go so far as to kill Don Eladio in order to have no more obstacles to his rise. All this only makes sense if Gus has already closed the chapter with Lalo, aware that he no longer has that enemy.
  • In season 4 of Breaking Bad, Gus clearly tells Hector Salamanca that “the Salamancas are all dead now”: Gus Fring can only become the new drug king after the death of all those who stand against and above him. Gus clearly tells him in one of their meetings. “Now the Salamanca name dies with you”. It is the scene you find below.
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However, among the names that Gus lists at the beginning of the video, Lalo (or Eduardo, his first name) is actually missing, which in fact leaves the doubt about his actual death. On the one hand Gus says that there is no longer any Salamanca, on the other he avoids mentioning his name on the list of the dead. This may still leave open the possibility that Lalo is still alive.

However, the hypothesis of Lalo’s death remains the most consistent within the history of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad. Fans have gone further, reconnecting a couple of key scenes from the last season of Better Call Saul: Gus Fring hiding a gun in the tunnel where he’s preparing the construction of the laboratory could anticipate the moment of reckoning between him and Lalo, and that gun could be the one Gus kills Lalo with. If Lalo dies there, and his body remains inside the hole on which the laboratory will come to life, the story would take on highly symbolic contours, with Walt and Jesse working in that laboratory with the ambition of becoming drug kings, while under their feet lies the lifeless body of Lalo, a symbol of what happens to those like them.

Saul’s terror of Lalo

If Lalo died in the final season of Better Call Saul, then how do you explain Saul’s fear of Lalo still in Breaking Bad (as we saw above)? One explanation could be precisely what happened in episode 7 of Better Call Saul 6: Lalo appears at Saul and Kim’s house, and Saul was certain (Mike told him) that Lalo was dead. For him it is like seeing a ghost, in fact he exclaims terrified “how?” It is possible that Saul will never get over this shock, and even when, much later, he is kidnapped from his office, instinct tells him that it is Lalo. An individual who in his life, no matter how insistently they tell him he’s dead, always remains a present, real threat.

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