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Michael Ehrmantraut was the primary mechanic, fixer and enforcer in Gustavo Fring's minimally staffed crystal meth operation. Also an associate of Saul Goodman, he had served Saul as a private investigator and fixer, a go-to guy for sticky situations. As a former beat cop and true professional, he maintained an extensive, up-to-date knowledge of forensic evidence, surveillance equipment, and police procedure. Mike was also well trained and cool in all types of combat situations, once using science and long strategy to take down a large number of hostiles sans fuss.
Madrigal Electromotive GmbH is an enormous, multifaceted manufacturing, construction and shipping conglomerate headquartered in Hannover, Germany. They are considered "highly diversified" with the nearest corporate office in Houston, TX. Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (abbreviated GmbH, comparable with Limited Liability Companies in the U.S.) is a type of legal entity very common in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other Central European countries. The name of the GmbH form emphasizes the fact that the owners (Gesellschafter, also known as members) of the entity are not personally liable for the company's debts.
Walt's Drug Empire was an American drug cartel based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Walt's empire seeked to fill in the hole left when Gus' Drug Empire crumbled. Walter White was the founder and boss of the empire, along with Jesse Pinkman and Mike Ehrmantraut. The production of Blue Sky hapenned inside a mobile lab that was built inside houses being bug bombed by Vamonos Pest Control, a cover company the three purchased.
The Juárez Cartel was a Mexican drug cartel based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The Juárez Cartel controlled one of the primary transportation routes for billions of dollars worth of illegal drug shipments annually entering the United States from Mexico. They were a ruthless and dangerous drug trafficking organization that had been known to decapitate their rivals, mutilate their corpses, and dump them in public in order to instill fear not only in the general public, but also in local law enforcement and their rivals.
Los Pollos Hermanos is a fast-food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken. Operating across the southwestern United States, the English translation of the name is "The Chicken Brothers." Founded by Gustavo Fring and Max Arciniega, the restaurant chain had fourteen locations throughout the southwest and was Gustavo Fring's major business concern. Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, a German corporation, has an ownership stake in the company. The restaurant also provided money-laundering and logistics for illegal activities.
The White residence is a house located at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, it is the home of the White family including Walter, his wife Skyler, their son Walt Jr. and now their infant daughter, Holly. The house was briefly renovated by Walt when he replaced the water heater, and some of the rotted wood he found in the floor and in the crawl space underneath. Walt leaves some of the new floor loose, like a secret trapdoor, leading to the crawl space.
J. P. Wynne High School is a public high school located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Walter White was formerly employed as a chemistry teacher at the school. It is also the school where Walter White Jr. and Jesse Pinkman attended as a student. After the Wayfarer 515 disaster, the school held an assembly to discuss the tragedy. Several students and faculty spoke about their feelings. Walt took a lot of time off from teaching while battling lung cancer and expanding his meth production. Walt's behavior becomes increasingly erratic and when talking with the assistant principal, Carmen Molina, he attempts to kiss her, which results in him being placed on "indefinite leave".
Gustavo Fring was a Chilean-born Albuquerque restaurateur, business magnate, and philanthropist. He was the respected proprietor of Los Pollos Hermanos, a highly successful fried chicken restaurant chain. He was also a public booster for the local DEA office. However, despite outward appearances, Gus was a major drug kingpin initially affiliated with the Mexican Juárez Cartel, secretly using his restaurant as a legitimate cover for methamphetamine distribution throughout the American southwest.
Tuco Salamanca was a psychopathic Mexican drug kingpin, local in the Albuquerque area, who briefly became Walter White and Jesse Pinkman's meth distributor. After the disappearance of Krazy 8, Tuco evidently became one of the most powerful and influential dealers of Albuquerque. Tuco is known for his erratic personality and propensity for extreme violence. His family is also tied to the Juárez Cartel, as his uncle Hector "Tio" Salamanca was one of the highest ranking members of the cartel. Tuco's cousins were hit-men for the cartel also.
Lavandería Brillante is an industrial laundromat department that was owned by Gustavo Fring. The organized collection, laundering and timely delivery of textiled service ware is essential to the operation of the institution. This department is solely a cover-up for Gus's superlab located beneath the laundry. Many Hispanic workers were employed there to actually do many of the laundering at the premises, but it also made the department seem more relevant for the cover-up.
Walter "Walt" Hartwell White Sr., also known by his clandestine pseudonym "Heisenberg", was a chemist and a former chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who, after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, started manufacturing crystal methamphetamine to both pay for his treatments and provide for his family in the event of his passing.
Henry R. "Hank" Schrader was the husband of Marie Schrader (the sister of Skyler White) and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. A high-energy and boisterous man, Hank was Walter White's brother-in-law.
Gale Boetticher, B.S., M.S., was a German American chemist hired by Gustavo Fring to help set up the superlab and manufacture meth. Gus Fring hired Walter White after Gale praised a sample of Walt's blue meth as the purest he'd ever seen. Following this point, Gale became Walt's lab assistant.
James "Jimmy" M. McGill, known by his professional alias Saul Goodman, is a former criminal lawyer and the former principal attorney of Saul Goodman & Associates. He operated out of a cheap strip mall office and ran over-the-top late night TV ads advising potential clients they'd "Better Call Saul" when in trouble with the law, promising "I fight for YOU, Albuquerque!"