4:40pm PT by Aaron Couch
'Better Call Saul' Unveils Unseen 'Breaking Bad' Character at Comic-Con
Better Call Saul made its first appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday and unveiled a new character that goes way back — or forward — in Saul Goodman's history.
The Better Call Saul team revealed that Tony Dalton (Sens8) will play Lalo, a character never seen but referenced in the season two episode of Breaking Bad that introduced the world to Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). As Saul knelt over a grave dug by Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), he screamed that it was Nacho (Michael Mando), not him — and asks Walt and Jesse if Lalo sent them. It's a seemingly throwaway line fans have long speculated would show up in Saul.
"You are going to meet people who are referenced in Breaking Bad but you've never met," said Odenkirk, after which co-creator Peter Gould screened that Lalo scene from Breaking Bad to the Hall H crowd as a way to remind people. Then they showed off the first photo of Dalton in character, bending down to speak to a wheelchair-bound Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis).
Dalton is known for leading Sr Avila on HBO Latino, which is described as being like The Sopranos. He also had a role on Sense8 as the talent agent to Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre).
The panel also included Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan and stars Rhea Seehorn (who plays Kim Wexler), Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin) and Giancarlo Esposito (Gustavo Fring). One actor missing was Jonathan Banks, who was out for knee surgery.
Gilligan noted that he'd stepped back on his responsibilities for the show, so he could comment on the season without seeming like a "jagoff" and called it the best season yet: "The overlaps between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are getting bigger. There are some scenes that absolutely could have been on Breaking Bad."
Better Call Saul is set to return with its fourth season Aug. 6, 14 months after the surprising death of Jimmy's brother Chuck (Michael McKean) in the season three finale. The season picks up with Jimmy temporarily barred from practicing law.
As it gets closer to Breaking Bad, Odenkirk noted that it's sad for him to think of the lovable Jimmy McGill becoming Saul Goodman. Gould revealed that Legion and Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley once pitched him something for Better Call Saul that could have fixed that: "He never becomes Saul Goodman."
"It is a tragedy that he's going to turn into that guy," noted Gilligan. "Who would you rather have a beer with? Jimmy McGill or Saul Goodman?" Gould countered by asking if viewers would rather watch a show about people who always make the right choices or one about those who don't.
It's appropriate how much Breaking Bad was discussed during the Better Call Saul conversation, as the panel came ahead of a Breaking Bad reunion panel to celebrate the AMC drama's 10th anniversary.
Dalton is repped by Gilbertson Entertainment.