10 'Better Call Saul' Characters and Their 'Game of Thrones' Counterparts (2022)

In the underbelly of Vince Gilligan's Albuquerque and the war-torn lands of Westeros, only the sharp survive. People find strength in their wits, or a moral code, or brute force. The unstable and shifting settings that the characters of Game of Thrones and Better Call Saul occupy lead to fascinating comparisons between the two.

For example, Jimmy McGill and Tyrion Lannister are the clever brains of their respective families but are despised for reasons beyond their control. These aren't the only characters that share similarities. Hector Salamanca and Walder Frey are sadisitc patriarchs, while Howard Hamlin and Ned Stark seem to be the only characters with a relatively functioning moral compass.

Jimmy McGill - Tyrion Lannister

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Smart, resourceful, and overlooked are three words that perfectly describe Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).

Both characters are looked down on by their family and colleagues for hardly justifiable reasons. Being a former con-man turned attorney, Jimmy is seen as "the kind of lawyer guilty people hire" because of his lack of clout in the legal world and his flamboyant demeanor. Tyrion is despised by his fellow Lannisters because of his dwarfism and his birth resulting in the death of his mother. But they are extremely intelligent despite being undervalued. Jimmy puts his mind to contorting the law for his and his clients' ends, while Tyrion, one of Game of Thrones' best characters, uses his wits to survive the cutthroat courts of Westeros.

Gustavo Fring - Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish

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Duplicity is the name of the game whether the criminal underworld of Albuquerque or the heart of Westeros; Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen) are masters of duplicity.

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Fring and Littlefinger are skilled at hiding in plain sight. Fring presents himself as the humble owner of a fried chicken restaurant chain, Los Pollos Hermanos, while Littlefinger works as the duteous Master of Coin. However, beneath their friendly and presentable exteriors, there lies within minds built for deception. Fring in truth is a vengeance-driven drug lord with a habit of crushing insubordinate "employees" under his iron fist. Littlefinger, by manipulating the many political factions of his country, sets off the War of Five Kings, the main conflict in the series that kills thousands of people, all over his mistreatment at the hands of the nobles.

Hector Salamanca - Walder Frey

Hector Salamanca (Mark Margolis) and Walder Frey (David Bradley) stand as amongst the cruelest people in their respective series, their bitterness poisoning everything they touch.

Both men hold crucial territory: Salamanca controls the drug trafficking routes in New Mexico and perhaps most of the American southwest, and Frey has control over the Twins, a major crossing point along the massive river, the Green Fork. These two men also have little regard for the well-being of other people. Salamanca regularly threatens his subordinates and anyone who dares to cross to him. Frey, meanwhile, is only concerned with his survival: he's indifferent (at best) to the suffering and pain he inflicts on others, just as long as he's secure in his spot as Lord of the Crossing.

Lalo Salamanca - Ramsay Bolton

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Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) are a match made in hell: they bring a level of carefree cruelty to the small screen that is tough to match.

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Lalo is one of Hector's many nephews and takes charge of the crime family after Hector's stroke. Lalo is a charming, jocular killer. He shifts easily from cracking jokes to intimidating others for information, to even killing people if they don't let him have his way. Ramsay is of a similar caliber, maybe even worse. He tortures, abuses, and kills others based on his animalistic whims. Lalo doesn't seem to take any pleasure in those he hurts, but Ramsay revels in it. Regardless, both men don't care about the people they harm, and that makes them amongst the most unsettling characters on television.

Ignacio "Nacho" Varga - Theon Greyjoy

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Trying to make power plays in the ABQ and Westeros are hard; the consequences of such maneuvering are usually worse. Ignacio "Nacho" Varga (Michael Mando) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) can attest to that.

Nacho stands apart from his criminal cohorts, in that he has a relatively clear conscience. He's more interested in the business angle of being part of a drug cartel rather than any clashing egos. When he tries to kill off his impulsive boss, Hector Salamanca, he winds up being under the thumb of Hector's nephew, Lalo, and their rival, Gus Fring. Theon is caught in a far worse predicament. At the start of the series, Theon is caught between being a ward of the Stark family and being the son of the sea-faring Greyjoys. When the time comes, he sides with the Greyjoys and he takes control of Winterfell. However, he quickly loses his position and finds himself a captive of the sadistic Ramsay Bolton. Nacho and Theon tried to play the game but wound up paying for it dearly.

Howard Hamlin - Ned Stark

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People trying to play it clean in a morally grey world often wind up paying for it. Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian) and Ned Stark (Sean Bean) are two such people.

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Howard and Ned are some of the most upstanding characters in their series. Howard is defined primarily by his affable demeanor and fairness, although he can be a little arrogant. Ned, while not as jovial, is a man who deeply loves his family and holds honor in high regard. Ultimately, both men are torn apart by the complex worlds they navigate. Howard is loyal to his law partner, Chuck McGill, to a fault, and played a part in stymieing Jimmy McGill's career: his actions exacerbated the conflict between the brothers and lead to Chuck's demise. Meanwhile, Ned loses his life trying to uncover an infidelity scandal that would rock the ruling Lannister and Baratheon families.

Chuck McGill - Tywin Lannister

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Obsessed with control, Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) try to impose their rigid expectations on everyone around them.

Chuck McGill is a brilliant lawyer obsessed with the sanctity of the law and despises his younger brother Jimmy for that reason. Chuck believes that his former criminal brother will use his skills to twist the law like a pretzel. Meanwhile, Tywin begins Game of Thrones as Hand of the King, in charge of keeping the administrative wheels of Westeros greased through blunt word and force. Both men are bound by order, but also have their hypocritical moments. Chuck, for his obsession with the law, conspired to keep Jimmy in his lowly position. Tywin often talks of the importance of family but moves his children like pawns on a political chessboard.

Kim Wexler - Sansa Stark

Despite their conflicting personalities, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn) and Sansa Stark's (Sophie Turner) character arcs serve as perfect parallels to one another.

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Both characters, throughout their stories, defy expectations initially set upon them, for better or for worse. Kim is an intelligent, dedicated, by-the-book lawyer who often has to put up with the interpersonal drama of her colleagues. Sansa, meanwhile, is content to live the rest of her life as a lady: she would love nothing more than to marry into the Lannister family and become a princess. However, Kim gradually gets more lenient and is willing to pull off risky cons as she gets closer to Jimmy McGill. Sansa, meanwhile, has her dreams quickly shattered, but through her pain, she later grows into a tactically minded lady-of-war.

Mike Ehrmantraut - Stannis Baratheon

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Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) are stern, humorless men with a keen sense for duty. These traits make them excellent mirrors for one another.

Mike Ehrmantraut is an ex-cop turned "fixer." He takes on all manner of illegal gigs in Albuquerque without batting an eye or cracking a smile. He also has a strict personal code based on minimal collateral damage. Stannis, meanwhile, has a similar approach to his work in his attempts to secure the Iron Throne. He only makes his move when he has a clear legal claim for it, and his rule before and during his campaign is marked by an unflinching sense of justice. However, both men are culpable of being corrupted. Mike couldn't keep his hands clean forever and crosses major boundaries as the show progresses. Stannis, meanwhile, reaches a breaking point in his campaign and in one of the most shocking deaths in Game of Thrones, sacrifices his only child for a chance at victory, ironically dooming himself.

Huell Babineaux - Ser Bronn

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At first glance, Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford) and Ser Bronn (Jerome Flynn) seem like polar opposites. Bronn is sharp-tongued and agile while Huell is stoic and intimidating. However, both characters have some strange similarities.

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Bronn and Huell are motivated by one thing: money. While they may like their respective employers, Tyrion Lannister and Jimmy McGill, they only care if they're paid at the end of the day. Huell helps Jimmy flip burner phones and acts as his bodyguard, while Bronn makes up for Tyrion's lack of muscle. Both characters also have hidden talents, despite their unassuming appearances. Bronn may seem like a lowly sellsword but he knows how to use his swiftness to outpace his enemies. Huell, meanwhile, is a deft and masterful pickpocket, planting a battery on the brilliant Chuck McGill (who suffers from psychosomatic electromagnetic hypersensitivity) and having him be none the wiser for nearly two hours.

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How many years did Saul Goodman get? ›

Instead of the seven-year plea bargain that would have been spent at the prison which had a golfing programme, Saul was sentenced to 86 years at ADX Montrose. Though he initially feared his reception, Saul enjoyed a warm welcome upon arrival as his notoriety as Saul Goodman preceded him in prison.

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Is Better call Saul a prequel? ›

While "Better Call Saul" is a mix of both a prequel and sequel series, most of it takes place before the events of "Breaking Bad." The series is meant to fill in the gaps of the six years before Saul Goodman's first appearance in the series that started it all.

Will there be Better Call Saul 7? ›

The answer as to why the series won't be continuing beyond its recently concluded sixth run is fairly straightforward – the prequel has already caught up to the events of Breaking Bad, with Jimmy's transformation into Saul now complete.

Is Paul Giamatti in Better Call Saul? ›

No, Paul Giamatti is not in Better Call Saul. The acclaimed American actor has never appeared in the series, so let's explain where the uncertainty stems from; there are actually two reasons. Reminiscing on the instalment, Gene is pulling a new scheme and the first victim is a man named Alfred.

Is a Chicago sunroof a real thing? ›

So, there you have it. A Chicago Sunroof is not a real thing.

Who got 86 years in Better Call Saul? ›

Saul Goodman legal action, the now-reformed Jimmy McGill ended up with 86 years in prison as Walter White's “indispensable” criminal lawyer. After going down a dark path the past few seasons, Saul finally turned a corner and confessed to all of his crimes, clearing Kim Wexler's (Rhea Seehorn) name.

How old is Kim Wexler? ›

In one of the best Better Call Saul episodes, Season 5's "JMM," Kim's year of birth can be spotted on her driver's license. The details on the license reveal that she was born in 1968. Kim is, therefore, 8 years younger than Jimmy, who was born in 1960. This means that during the show's timeline, she is in her 30s.

Is Saul the Cinnabon guy? ›

At the start of every season, the show opened with a black-and-white flash-forward of Saul Goodman's post–Breaking Bad life as Gene Takovic, a Cinnabon manager working a mall in Omaha, Nebraska.

Does Walter White appear in Better Call Saul? ›

The final season of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould's Better Call Saul brought about the highly anticipated return of Breaking Bad's iconic, beloved duo, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

Is Walter and Jesse in Better Call Saul? ›

Yes, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman returned—but the episode was more than just an excuse for a cool cameo. It took six and a half seasons, but in last night's episode Better Call Saul finally… broke bad.

What comes first Better Call Saul or El Camino? ›

Where should I start, Better Call Saul or Breaking Bad first? Breaking Bad, then El Camino, then Better Call Saul. Why? Because even though BCS comes first chronologically, the timeline jumps all over the place.

Is Saul a real lawyer? ›


Saul Goodman was inspired by an actual attorney named Ron Bell, whose advertisements are plastered all over Albuquerque's bus stations and television networks. (Watch Ron Bell's actual infomercial next to Saul's fictional one, below.)

Why was Better Call Saul Cancelled? ›

Why was 'Better Call Saul' canceled? Better Call Saul wasn't really canceled; the creators unanimously chose to end on a high note. When it was first revealed in 2020 that the series — which began in 2015 — was getting its sixth and final series, fans had questions.

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She's undaunted. The woman has range. She even knows what kind of soaking bath cures a guy desiccated in the desert. So, Juan Bolsa was behind the attempted hijacking of Lalo's $7 million in bail cash.

Does Saul wear a wig? ›

Slippin' Jimmy and Saul wear their wigs like armour. He'd be lost without it. However, the true brilliance of Saul Goodman's paralegal periwig is the way that the costume designers have reverse engineered it. In Breaking Bad, Saul is supposed to be older.

Why does Better Call Saul go black and white? ›

Director Peter Gould's use of black and white to draw the viewer's eye and aid in the framing of his shots is spectacular. He reminds the viewer of classic black and white films while also underscoring and symbolizing Saul Goodman's journey out of darkness and toward the light.

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Why does the guy in Better Call Saul wear a space blanket? ›

Chuck (played by Spinal Tap's Michael McKean) is a recluse on extended leave from his legal firm who lives without electricity and wraps himself in a shiny “space blanket” to ward off the effects of exposure to Saul's mobile phone. It's an unusual condition, but Chuck is not alone.

What happens to Saul's wife? ›

Monday's episode revealed that after breaking things off with Jimmy/Saul (Bob Odenkirk), Kim shockingly moved down to Florida to live out the rest of her days. Fans were relieved to learn that Wexler was alive.

What crime did Jimmy McGill commit? ›

Jimmy was quickly brought in by the police on charges of property damage, assault, and and a possible sex offense. He was booked and put in pre-trial detention ("Marco").

What did Jimmy McGill go to jail for? ›

Jimmy McGill is arrested for breaking into Chuck McGill's house. Jimmy goes against Kim Wexler's advice and represents himself, pleads not guilty, and posts bail. He later tells her she should work on Mesa Verde business while he takes care of his own legal battle, to which she flatly agrees.

Why was the cigarette in color Better Call Saul? ›

Then during the finale's cigarette scene, the cigarette itself and the flame were in color, harkening back to the beginning of Saul and Kim's relationship. “It started out in the pilot of 'Better Call Saul. ' Gene's watching his old commercials and they're reflected in color,” Gould said.

Do they smoke real cigarettes in Better Call Saul? ›

Unlike in other instances where the smoking is computer-generated or the actors are not using actual cigarettes and instead make use of healthier alternatives, here, they used the real thing, as co-creator Peter Gould reveals in a Variety report today.

Why does Kaylee look older in Better Call Saul? ›

The actress who plays Kaylee is then 12, which makes the character seem naturally older than 10 years. In the episode "50% Off" of Season 5 of Better Call Saul (which happens in 2004) Kaylee is shown learning her multiplication table, which kids usually do at 7 or 8 years old.

Does Saul know Walt is Heisenberg? ›

After Walt tries one last time to intimidate Saul into doing his bidding, his cancer rears its ugly head in a series of coughs that bring him to his knees and let Saul know big bad Heisenberg is no more before he leaves for his new life in Omaha.

What age is Jimmy McGill? ›

As revealed by his driver's license in Better Call Saul season 5 episode "JMM", when Jimmy and Kim are getting married, he was born on November 12, 1960. That means that in Better Call Saul season 1, Jimmy McGill is 41 years old, with the events of those episodes covering May-July 2002.

Does Jimmy McGill love Kim Wexler? ›

Kim is primarily portrayed by Rhea Seehorn, and was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. An intelligent and proficient lawyer, she is the confidant and love interest of Jimmy McGill / Saul Goodman, whom she later marries.
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Is there another series like Better Call Saul? ›

One of the most underrated AMC shows that deserved another couple of seasons, Lodge 49 feels like a much more wholesome, optimistic, and weirder cousin to Better Call Saul.

What should I watch first Better Call Saul or El Camino? ›

You should watch them in the order creator of the Breaking Bad universe, Vince Gilligan, intended, and that's the order they were aired. Breaking Bad first, El Camino as a kind of bonus footage of Breaking Bad, then the pseudo-prequel, Better Call Saul. ** There is your preferred viewing order right there.

Are there any shows similar to Breaking Bad? ›

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Will Better Call Saul get a spin-off? ›

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Did Saul get Cancelled? ›

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Is El Camino connected to Breaking Bad? ›

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While the setup of Ozark is similar to that of Breaking Bad, the follow-through of that premise is wholly original.

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It's full of gut-wrenching surprises that catch us off guard. Many shows wait until the episode's final minutes to deliver suspense. "Breaking Bad" isn't afraid to drop unexpected character deaths anywhere on an episode.


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