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|“||I'm not angry, Gustavo. Once every twenty years you forget your place... there's no place for emotion in this. You of all people should understand. Business is business.||„|
|~ Don Eladio's advice to Gustavo Fring.|
Don Eladio Vuente is one of the two overarching antagonists (alongside Hector Salamanca) of Breaking Bad and the sole overarching antagonist of its prequel series Better Call Saul.
In Breaking Bad, he's an unseen antagonist in Season 3, the overarching antagonist of Season 4 and a posthumous antagonist in Season 5. In Better Call Saul, he's the overarching antagonist of Season 3, a mentioned antagonist in Season 4 and a minor antagonist in Season 5.
He was the boss for the Ciudad Juárez Cartel, a Mexican drug cartel that employed Juan Bolsa, Hector Salamanca, and his nephews, Marco and Leonel. He first met Gustavo Fring in circa 1989 and was one of the few to know about Gus' mysterious Chilean background.
He is portrayed by Steven Bauer.
Don Eladio met with Gustavo Fring and Maximino Arciniega to propose a business deal wherein they would produce methamphetamine for the cartel, which Eladio would then distribute. Eladio graciously complimented them on their chicken recipe and the conversation was civil for a time.
However, Don Eladio had Max executed by his enforcer Hector Salamanca as punishment for dealing drugs on the cartel's turf without permission. As Don Eladio and his men forced Gus to watch as Max's blood dripped into the pool, Hector warned him to keep his business restricted to chicken.
Better Call Saul
Don Eladio is seen during the third season of Better Call Saul, he is seen in a flashback in 1999, Don Eladio is shown to have a cruel sense of humor, during a dealing with Hector Salamanca, and sees that he has created a new way to smuggle drugs over the border, through the use of an Ice Cream company called "The Winking Greek", as Hectors tribute to the Don. However, before Hector could expand on his business deal, Juan Bolsa comes to show how much money Gus Fring had made the Cartel through the use of his Chicken front Los Pollos Hermanos/The Chicken Brothers. The Don then shows bias in favor of Gus when he brings a much better stash of money than Hector, much to the latter's badly concealed fury. He ultimately decides the cartel will use Gus' vehicles across the border as opposed to Hector.
Lalo Salamanca takes Nacho Varga to meet with Don Eladio, the head of the 'Ciudad Júarez Cartel', who is currently in at home in Mexico, Eladio is seen discussing with Juan Bolsa if they could trust Gus Fring and his smuggling strategies. When Nacho arrives with Lalo, they give the Cartel's leader a car as a gift. Don Eladio is surprised to learn that Nacho is a friend of Lalo's cousin Tuco Salamanca, humorously asking if Nacho is alright in the head. Don Eladio and Nacho discuss Nacho's plans for the cartel's future business in the Albuquerque and New Mexico territory. Nacho admits that he wants to be his own boss and not to have to look over his shoulder all the time. Though Don Eladio points out that he's in the wrong business for that, he respects and likes Nacho and his plans.
As a token of respect for the renewed business relationship, Gus brings Don Eladio a gift of fine tequila, which the entire cartel drinks after Gus takes the first shot.
It is actually poisoned and after Gus is escorted by Eladio's bodyguard Miguel to the bathroom, he forces himself to regurgitate the drink (he had already taken a capsule to prevent the major effects of the poison, once arriving at Don Eladio's place). Don Eladio lives just long enough for Gus to reappear. Realizing Gus had betrayed and poisoned him, Eladio lunged towards Gus but tripped due to be being already weakened and fell in his swimming pool where he succumbed to the poison.