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You wanna be a friend of the Cartel? Time to get yourself a new motto: "Just Make Money."
~ Lalo Salamanca giving Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman advice.
Ah, I'm just here to lend a helping hand, you know, make sure the business is running in order. I got a good head for numbers. But listen, don't even worry. It's gonna be like I'm not even here.
~ Lalo explaining his sudden arrival to Nacho Varga.

Don Eduardo "Lalo" Salamanca is one of the two main antagonists (alongside Chuck McGill) of Better Call Saul, the prequel series to Breaking Bad. He serves as the final antagonist of Season 4 and the main antagonist of Seasons 5 and 6.

He is the nephew of Hector Salamanca and the cousin of Tuco, Marco and Leonel Salamanca, and an uncle to Joaquin Salamanca, as well as a member of the Cartel. Originally coming to New Mexico run Hector's business for him, he eventually has to escape back to Mexico, where he begins a crusade against Gustavo Fring following a failed assassination attempt.

He is portrayed by Tony Dalton, who also played Gastón Diestro in Rebelde.

Personality

In complete contrast to other Salamancas, Lalo is charismatic, clever, manipulative, and at times seemingly polite and friendly. Despite this, he still has the same traits his family does, being a cold-blooded, sadistic murderer who deals with his victims in a cruel way. He is also incredibly skilled and strong, as he took out five assassins by himself, with no one's help and only a single gun. Lalo also plans in advance, having a body double planned for him long before any assassination attempts truly happened, all while keeping everyone else unaware of the man's existence.

Just like the other Salamancas, though, Lalo deeply cares about his family and carries a "La familia es todo" (Family is all) way of living, taking care of his uncle Hector and calling him after faking his death, as well as calling his cousins Marco and Leonel "good boys" despite being two of the most cold-blooded assassins in the entire Cartel. He also viewed Nacho as a friend and was deeply hurt when he realized he tried to have him killed, and was filled with rage upon seeing his housemaid dead because of it. Despite that, he not once mentioned Nacho following the assassination attempt, and the actor that's playing, Tony Dalton, mentioned that Lalo probably couldn't care less about Nacho, instead being focused on hunting down Gus.

Another thing that separates him from the rest of his family is how he's a genius that's able to go toe-to-toe, and even outsmart Gustavo Fring, himself one of the show's most intelligent characters. He has a good memory, forms calculated plans, and easily makes the majority of the characters in the series pawns in his game, even getting Gus to do exactly what he wants him to do.

Kill Count

  • Fred Whalen - Murdered for trying to call the police.
  • Ciro (indirectly) - Used as a human shield and shot by assassins.
  • 11 assassins - All shot in self-defense.
  • Sylvia Ramos - Presumably stabbed to death with a pair of scissors.
  • Mateo Ramos - Body double; killed with a pair of scissors and then burned to fake his death.
  • Two unnamed human traffickers - Shot for not giving him his money back.
  • Howard Hamlin - Shot in the head with a silenced pistol for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    • Total - 17/18 directly, 1 indirectly

Trivia

  • Lalo and Hector are the only Salamancas who were ever referred to as Dons, implying they're the highest ranked in their family.

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