Better Call Saul, the crime drama that serves as a prequel to Breaking Bad and which premiered its season 6 two weeks ago, aired episode 3 on the AMC broadcast network last Monday, and featured one of the most heartbreaking scenes in all of the history of the successful program. The death of one of his main characters left viewers marked, not only because of the way he died, but because of how early it happened. (Episode 3 spoilers)
Ahead of the release of the sixth and final installment of Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk, who plays Saul Goodman, and the drama’s co-creator Peter Gould admitted that Season 6 of the crime drama would be a blast, and that’s exactly what they expect. It has been going on since the beginning of this final part of the story that began in 2015.
With Better Call Saul Season 6 Episode 3, fans were shocked by the death of Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), one of the main characters who earned the respect of not only Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), but also that of the fans who remained hooked on his story and the virtuous relationship he had with his father.
Better Call Saul fans knew that Nacho Varga would find himself face to face with death at any moment, after what he did at the end of season 5 when he was a direct participant in the ambush of Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton), prepared by Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). But, what no one imagined was that he would get it so soon in the sixth installment.
With what happened to Nacho Varga in episode 3 of the sixth and final installment of Better Call saul, it is the first time that the death of a main character has occurred so early in a season of the entire Breaking Bad universe. In this sense, Gordon Smith, the writer of the fateful episode, explained the reason why they decided to eliminate the character just starting season 6.
Let’s remember that season 6 of Better Call Saul begins with Nacho Varga on the run. After helping in an assassination attempt on Lalo Salamanca, his life is in grave danger. The command character communicates with Mike Ehrmantraut, who helps him get to a hotel to hide. However, he eventually realizes that Gustavo Fring set him up to die in that motel, something Mike knew all along.
The truth is that Nacho was lost in Better Call Saul. With his certain death in season 6, if the Salamancas did not execute it, on the other hand there was Gustavo Fring, who did not want the character to remain alive after the failed assassination attempt against Lalo. However, Nacho did not allow any of them to kill him. He himself committed suicide.
“At a certain point, we knew we were reaching our end, and it felt better to send it off in grand style and find a way that made sense,” Smith told The Hollywood Reporter. “It seemed that his luck had run out, and this gave him the opportunity to go out on his own terms. So this made sense for the story and for the character not to feel like a vampire.”
“I think you’d get tired of just seeing him run away and get out of trouble. She just wouldn’t have done the character justice. He no longer played the two extremes against the middle; both ends were now coming after him. So how long could he handle that and keep his head above water and keep his father alive? So we felt that we would better serve the character by sending him out earlier.”
“As you know, we don’t really put our marker on something and write to it. We let it break where the story was breaking, and this episode felt like the snippet in which to do this Viking funeral for Nacho.”
Smith added, “If there were enough twists that didn’t feel repetitive or the character was floating on water, I think we would have been happy to extend it, but it didn’t occur to us. So we planted our feet and took our swing.”
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