'Better Call Saul': 19 'Breaking Bad' Characters We've Seen (Photos)

A few “Better Call Saul” faces are familiar, but others are very deep pulls

“Better Call Saul” inhabits the same sad Albuquerque underground as “Breaking Bad,” so it’s natural that characters in the AMC shows would overlap. Ready to see how? (Spoiler warning: This gallery contains lots of details about both shows.)  Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul': Rhea Seehorn Is Terrified of Kim’s Fate, Checks Every Script to See If She Dies (Video)

Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk)  He’s the main character in the new series, so of course we need to include Slippin’ Jimmy. Goodman appeared in 43 of 62 “Breaking Bad” episodes as Walt and Jesse’s criminal lawyer, with an emphasis on “criminal.” This season, Jimmy finally starts to practice law as Saul Goodman, complete with an upgraded wardrobe.In flash-forwards, we see that Jimmy/Saul lives long enough to become a paranoid, balding Cinnabon worker. Free icing? Could be worse.  Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul': Nacho Is a ‘Samurai Without a Master’ Stuck Between Fring and the Salamancas (Video)

Don Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis)He walks! Hector — the uncle of Tuco Salamanca — had a wheelchair in “Breaking Bad.” But the old man who was constantly ringing his bell to communicate was a real crimelord in his younger, more virile days, which “Better Call Saul” shows.  In “Breaking Bad,” Hector takes out Gustavo Fring (pictured) with a crazy suicide bomb, avenging the deaths of his OTHER nephews. We’ll get to those guys soon.  Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Star Michael Mando StudioWrap Portraits (Exclusive Photos)

Ken (Kyle Bornheimer)Here’s one of those deep pulls that we alluded to earlier. In “Breaking Bad,” obnoxious Ken inadvertently helped Walter White break bad, and his mode of transportation suffered the consequences.  First, Ken stole Walt’s parking space at a bank, while bragging on his bluetooth. Later, the loudmouth continued his boastful, irritating behavior. So Walt blew up his car, as chemists do.In Season 2 of “Saul,” Jimmy and Kim trick Ken into buying them a ton of expensive tequila shots at a swanky bar. The stock broker with “KEN WINS” on his BMW license plates tends to lose a lot in this universe.  Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Writers: Walter White May Still Be Alive During Gene’s Omaha Cinnabon Scenes

Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito)  After being teased at the end of Season 2, The Chicken Man and “Breaking Bad’s” biggest adversary shows up in the second episode of season 3. After a humorous scene where he’s cleaning up right next Jimmy eating at Los Pollos Hermanos (Saul and Gus never actually met each other in “Breaking Bad”), we see Fring is not yet the drug kingpin he is in “Breaking Bad.” But throughout the first four seasons, we see how Mike will eventually become Gus’ fixer and get a lot more on the rivalry between Fring and the Salamancas (as fans of both shows know, it doesn’t end well for either).  We also see Fring lay his eyes for the first time on the industrial laundromat that will be known to “Breaking Bad” fans as the Super Lab where Walt and Jesse cook for him.  

Tuco Salamanca (Raymond Cruz)  Tuco’s surprise appearance in Season 1 of “Better Call Saul” set the tone for even more exciting, unspoiled villainous returns. And then legs got broken, badly, because Tuco is a complete madmen.  Currently, Tuco is doing prison time, thanks to Mike. But he’ll be out soon enough …  In “Breaking Bad,” the ruthless Tuco had worked his way all the way up to drug kingpin level. He, Walt and Jesse had some rough and tumble meetings before Tuco himself met his demise with a Hank Shrader bullet through the brain.  Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Asked If Bruce Lee Could Beat Muhammad Ali. We Asked Their Biographers

Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks)  OK, OK, we know — another obvious one. But you can’t make this an all-encompassing list sans Mike.  Mike and Jimmy/Saul work together in both series, though their relationship remains rocky at best. Early on in “Better Call Saul,” the two meet at a local courthouse, where Jimmy is a public defender and Mike works the parking lot.  Also Read: Should You Call Saul? A Lawyer Explains the Legal Accuracy of ‘Better Call Saul’ (Video)

Leonel Salamanca (Daniel Moncada)  One of the killer “cousins,” who are really twin brothers. (They’re cousins of Tuco’s, and nephews of Hector’s.)  The boys are dangerous, bloody, all-business hitman for the Juarez drug cartel. They’re sharp dressers and have ever sharper axes. Both brothers get snuffed out as a result of a classic Hank firefight during “Breaking Bad,” though this one lives long enough for one last-gasp badass hospital moment.  Also Read: Bob Odenkirk on Why Saul Goodman Would Represent Donald Trump (Video)

Marco Salamanca (Luis Moncada)  Click back to brother Leonel’s slide — don’t they look similar?  One difference: How they died. Marco got the top of his head blown off by Hank in that classic parking lot fight scene. Gross, but fully earned.  Also Read: Bob Odenkirk Shows Off His New ‘Better Call Saul’ Ass Tattoo (Photo)

Domingo “Krazy-8” Molina (Max Arciniega)  A more grown-up Krazy-8 was actually the first person Walter killed in “Breaking Bad,” though he hemmed and hawed over it for a while, almost freeing his violent prisoner.  In “Saul,” Molina comes across quite convincingly as a younger, more innocent version of himself, still new to the drug game and working at his dad’s store. In a half-decade or so, he’ll be choked to death with a bicycle lock in Jesse’s aunt’s basement. He’s also Jimmy/Saul’s first step into becoming the criminal underworld’s go-to attorney.Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Ticks Up to 1.6 Million Viewers for Season 5 Premiere

Lawson (Jim Beaver)  Everyone’s favorite weapons dealer sells Walt the gun he uses to mow down a whole lotta neo-Nazis. He also turned up on “Better Call Saul” to offer several rifles to Mike… though, to Lawson’s surprise, Mike took a pass.  Also Read: Will ‘Better Call Saul’ Go Full ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’? Maybe, Showrunners say

Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser)We all know how she takes her tea by now, which would ultimately be Lydia’s demise.   During the “Breaking Bad” days, Lydia tried to get Mike to kill a laundry list of Gus Fring’s associates. When he refuses, she tries to have Mike killed. Bad move.  Lydia and Mike first meet in “Better Call Saul,” when Gus sets him up with a paycheck at her Madrigal Electromotive. They don’t get off to a great start.  Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 4 to Have Scenes Set During ‘Breaking Bad’ Timeline, Co-Creator Says

Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford)  A very svelte-looking Huell (Crawford lost 130 pounds since the end of “Breaking Bad”) pops up in the fifth episode of season 3, “Chicanery,” inadvertently bumping into Chuck during a recess during Jimmy’s bar hearing. In a gut-punching reveal, we find out that Jimmy hired Huell to plant a fully-charged battery on Chuck, which reveals his illness to be in his head and helps Jimmy avoid getting barred forever for practicing law.  Hey wait a minute, didn’t we see Huell do that move before…?  Also Read: ‘Talking Dead’ Loses Female Executive Producer, ‘Handful’ of Staffers After Chris Hardwick’s Return (Exclusive)

Don Eladio Vuente (Steven Bauer)  “The Winking Greek” was the boss of the Juarez Cartel — that is, until he took a shot of Gus Fring’s Zafiro Añejo tequila during the “Breaking Bad” days.  Back during the “Better Call Saul” timeline, Eladio was a total jerk to Hector, who years later was used as a prop to take out Fring.  Also Read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Staying at Sony TV With New Three-Year Deal

Francesca Liddy (Tina Parker)  Before she was Saul Goodman’s personal secretary, Francesca served as the receptionist for Wexler McGill. She unfortunately gets laid off when Jimmy and Kim decide to sublet the office during Jimmy’s enforced year-long sabbatical from legal work. Jimmy promises to hire her back when he can practice law again, and we all know how that turns out.  Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Star Michael Mando StudioWrap Portraits (Exclusive Photos)

Gale Boetticher (David Costabile)  In the third episode of Season 4, Gus pays a visit to Gale at his chemistry lab on the University of New Mexico campus (with the scene evoking memories of another chemistry teacher), which ends with Gale urging for Gus to allow him to produce higher-grade meth in his lab. Gus declines, saying Gale is meant for “better things.”  We’ll find out in “Breaking Bad” that those “better things” aren’t really all that better.  Also Read: Chris Hardwick Cries in Return to ‘Talking Dead': ‘I Have so Much Gratitude’ (Video)

Ed Galbraith (Robert Forester) A voice cameo for Ed, better known as the Vacuum Cleaner store operator that helped Saul disappear into his post-“Breaking Bad” life as Gene Takovic. After Gene gets made, he phones in Ed to help him disappear again (at double the price), before deciding to take matters into his own hands.Also Read: Bob Odenkirk Promises a Pay-Off for ‘Better Call Saul’s’ Gene: ‘I Think He’s Cracking Up’

Hank Schrader (Dean Norris) As Jimmy/Saul gets further into bed with the criminal underworld, we figure it was only a matter of time he crossed paths with Albuquerque’s most famous DEA agent.Norris is certainly the most prominent “Breaking Bad” alum to re-appear on the AMC prequel, having starred in 60 of the show’s 62 episodes.Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Showrunner Breaks Down Why ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel Needed Hank Schrader

Steve Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada) What, you thought Hank would show up without his trusted partner? 

Peter Schuler (Norbert Weisser) Schuler only appeared in one scene in “Breaking Bad” but it was a pretty memorable one.The executive for Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, the parent company of Fring’s Los Pollos Hermanos (and financial benefactor for his meth operation), kills himself with a portable defibrillator after police arrive to question him about his longstanding ties to the Chicken Man.In “Better Call Saul” we find out he was never that calm and collected. Also Read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Showrunner Breaks Down Why ‘Breaking Bad’ Prequel Needed Hank Schrader

Honestly? We’re most worried about people who turn up on “Better Call Saul” but not “Breaking Bad.” Does that mean they went straight and avoided grim “Breaking Bad” fates? Or that they didn’t survive “Better Call Saul”? Kim Wexler, let us know you’re okay.  Also Read: ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Is ‘Desperately’ Trying to Figure Out How to Get Walt and Jesse on ‘Better Call Saul’
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