We thought the sixth and last season of Better Call Saul would be a bloodbath, but Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan have already killed off a significant character in the third episode. We can expect more major characters to meet their maker before the end of the series, with ten more episodes to go.
This article contains spoilers because it delves into the third episode of Better Call Saul season 6 and its plot. If you haven’t watched ‘Rock and Hard Place,’ it’s a good idea to put the book down and come back after you’ve seen it.
Nacho is no longer alive, and millions of people’s hearts have undoubtedly been broken. Ignacio “Nacho” Varga was originally thought to be a Jesse Pinkman stand-in, but he was playing with a great commitment and passion by Michael Mando throughout the show’s run.
However, he emerged as one of the show’s most complicated and likable characters thanks to excellent writing and Mando’s efforts. He was also uncommon in the Breaking Bad universe because he was the only Latino who wasn’t a terrible drug lord or an addict.
The fact that he died on his terms provides some consolation. Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) received a symbolic finger from him before he died, exposing to his face that he is to blame for his current wheelchair-bound position.
Let us not, however, get ahead of ourselves. The program started with images of a desolate environment. A shard of glass is shattered by rain. A single blue blossom blooms nearby, seemingly defying the desert’s parched soil. Pay attention to the gorgeous, albeit insignificant-at-first scene, as it will take on new importance when the show ends.
Nacho is found after the vehicle breaks down and he abandons it.
As he is pursued by the Twins and Salamanca men, he seeks refuge under a tanker, submerging himself in crude oil. He cleans himself in a nearby residence and calls Mike, the same call that Mike made in the previous episode.
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He speaks with Gus and offers his life to the Salamancas, agreeing not to divulge Gus Fring’s role in Lalo’s assassination attempt. In exchange for his life, he wants his father to be secure. If somebody goes for his father, Mike assures him, they’ll have to go through him (Mike) first. This is as good a guarantee as a son could hope for when it comes to his father’s life.
Meanwhile, Jimmy and Kim continue their efforts to discredit Howard by employing Huell’s services to obtain replicas of his car keys. Huell questions Jimmy about why he and Kim are running such shady businesses considering they are both licensed attorneys. He says that everything is for the greater benefit. You can practically see glimpses of the man he will become in the future. Jimmy and Kim have a few parts together, and there are a few memorable moments, but Rock and Hard Place is primarily a Nacho show.
Mike watches a strange scene through the scope of his sniper rifle as Nacho is given over to the Salamancas, now roughed up to suggest he was captured and did not turn himself in. He spills all he’s been holding back, even as he exonerates Gus by stating he’s been working for a Peruvian cartel for years. Mando’s acting skills are on display here. He takes care of things.
He stabs Juan Bolsa in the leg with his pistol and places ionto his temple. Mike asks him to “Do it” discreetly from afar. Nacho, on the other hand, shoots himself in the head. Gus intended for Tyrus to shoot him, but Nacho outsmarted him.
Such a heartbreaking yet enthralling conclusion to an all-time great character. We are saddened, but also relieved that he was able to accomplish his goals. Many characters on Breaking Bad don’t get to complete their objectives before saying their goodbyes.
But don’t get me wrong: this is only the beginning. As I have stated, as the show nears its conclusion, many more fan favorites will perish.