WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Better Call Saul season 3
The third season of Better Call Saul on Netflix was the most gripping yet as protagonist Jimmy McGill (played by Bob Odenkirk) gets closer and closer to becoming the Saul we know from Better Call Saul.
One particular character introduced in Better Call Saul who has played a huge role in the series to date is Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Varda (Michael Mando).
Nacho isn’t actually a character in Breaking Bad, but he is mentioned by name by Saul in season two.
When Walter (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul take Saul out to the desert and threaten to shoot him he desperately pleads: “No it wasn’t me it was Ignacio! He was the one!”
Ignacio here is referring to Nacho from Better Call Saul, but he is never seen in the series.
This confirmed to the viewer that the character is still alive during the events of Breaking Bad, so we can expect to see him stick around for season four at least.
What part will Nacho play in Better Call Saul season 4?
Though plot details are been kept under wraps and the season is still in the early stages of filming, there are a few possible ideas about what Nacho’s storyline will be in the upcoming episodes.
The character was involved in a nail-biting plot in season three, with some of the most tense scenes on television.
Nacho is the nephew of ruthless cartel boss Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis).
Hector was introduced in Breaking Bad where he is paralysed, wheelchair bound and can only communicate through ringing a small bell with his finger.
It is never explained how he ended up paralysed in Breaking Bad – but season three of Better Call Saul confirms it without a doubt.
The character is completely able-bodied but regularly takes medication for a heart condition.
When Hector starts to involve Nacho’s hard-working father in cartel business he asks him to stop but Hector is not a man to be refused.
Nacho takes matters into his own hands and swaps Hector’s heart medication with a placebo, resulting in him suffering from the stroke which left him paralysed as we know him in Breaking Bad.
Though was successful in switching the pills, when he switched the medication again he was caught by drug boss Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) who gave him a suspicious look.
It is possible that Gus will confront Nacho about the mediation in season four and this will either help or hinder him depending on Gus’ intentions.
Nacho’s actions benefitted Gus so he may reward him or he may punish him for being disloyal to his own boss by attempting to kill Hector.
With Hector now paralysed and unable to speak, Nacho will likely start to run his uncle’s operations.
Reddit user blackout03 predicts: “I think Nacho will play a big role, maybe the cartel figures something out about his role with Hector. Either way the way Gus looked at him makes me think something big is going to happen.”
Another theorised: “Gus won’t harm Nacho. Nacho just did Gus an enormous favour by putting his mortal enemy out of commission (thus ending the cartel drama), and crippling him for life. Gus said ‘a single bullet to the back of the head would be too humane’ of a fate for Hector.
“How about a lifetime of suffering? If anything, Gus will reward Nacho as he did Mike – with cash, a new job, or both.”
Better Call Saul will drop on Netflix in autumn 2018