|Portrayed By||Michael Shamus Wiles|
|Occupation(s)||Head of DEA|
|First Appearance||Bit by a Dead Bee|
|Images of George Merkert|
Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) George Merkert is Hank's boss at the DEA's office in Albuquerque. He is impressed with Hank's work hunting down Tuco and recommends him for a transfer to El Paso. Oddly, he strongly disagrees with the notion that Gus Fring is involved with the criminal drug trade, frustrating Hank's downright heroic efforts.
When Hank returns, Merkert is frustrated by Hank's stalling on a second transfer to El Paso, unaware that Hank is suffering from panic attacks and is scared to go back. After Hank attacks Jesse Pinkman, Merkert is forced to suspend Hank without pay, but tells him off the record that Jesse won't press charges and that Hank must have a "guardian angel". ("One Minute") Notably, this leaves Hank without his gun.
Merkert listens to Hank's suspicions that Gus Fring might be the meth kingpin they've been looking for all along. Merkert, Gomez, Hank, and Tim Roberts interview Gus in relation to the death of Gale Boetticher; however, all but Hank fall in with Merkert and believe that Gus is telling the truth. Merkert in particular is insistent that Gus is an honest man and a long-time friend of the DEA.
In the last episode of Season 4, he also appears at the meeting between Hank and Hector Salamanca.
Early in the fifth season, it is revealed that Merkert has been forced out as head of the DEA because of his personal friendship with Gus and his failure to identify him as a drug lord. ("Madrigal")
| Main: Walter White • Jesse Pinkman • Skyler White • Walter White Jr. • Hank Schrader • Marie Schrader • Saul Goodman • Gustavo Fring • Mike Ehrmantraut
Recurring: Bogdan Wolynetz • Krazy 8 • Wendy • Mr. Pinkman • Mrs. Pinkman • Gretchen Schwartz • Dr. Delcavoli • Donald Margolis • Tim Roberts • ASAC Merkert • SAC Ramey • Clovis • Holly White • Group Leader • Kaylee Ehrmantraut • Old Joe • Andrea Cantillo • Brock Cantillo • Huell • Kuby • Tyrus Kitt • Dennis Markowski • Declan
Minor: Chad • Carmen Molina • Dr. Belknap • Emilio Koyama • Ben • Louis • Jake Pinkman • Ken • Elliott Schwartz • Farley • Hugo Archilleya • Gonzo • No-Doze • Spooge • Spooge's Lady • Tortuga • Getz • Francesca • James Kilkelly • Rival Dealers • Tomás Cantillo • Pamela • Benicio Fuentes • Juan Bolsa • Duane Chow • Lawson • Gaff • Don Eladio • Max Arciniega • Joaquin Salamanca • Barry Goodman • Chris Mara • Peter Schuler • Herr Herzog • Dan Wachsberger • Ira • Benny • Ron Forenall • Drew Sharp