The "Rival Dealers" were two street-level crystal meth dealers for Gustavo Fring who operated a gang which sold meth on behalf of Los Pollos Hermanos. They were an intimidating pair, with mask-like faces of death and tragedy, and were the secondary antagonists of Season 3.
The two dealers pulled up in their car to a street corner where Christian "Combo" Ortega was selling meth for Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Combo came over to ask if they were buying, but the two said nothing and simply stared menacingly at Combo. Combo then told them to leave, showing his pistol concealed in his waistband. The dealers then drove off down the block where they sat waiting, and shortly afterwards, Combo was shot and killed by an 11 year-old boy named Tomás Cantillo on behalf of the dealers, who then quickly drove away. ("Mandala")
After learning from Andrea Cantillo that Combo was killed by her younger brother Tomás only a block away, Jesse investigated and found Tomás selling. After Jesse showed $300, Tomás signaled for the two dealers to drive up. Jesse then bought a bag from the two, who still said nothing and then drove off. Tomás then gave Jesse the bag of meth and told him to bounce. Walking away, Jesse looked at the bag and found that it was the Blue Sky that he and Walt were cooking. ("Abiquiú")
Later, Walt and Jesse met in a bar where Jesse showed Walt the bag of meth. Saying that the dealers needed to die for both Combo's murder and for using Tomás, Jesse asked Walt to help him make ricin to poison the dealers. However, Walt refused, stating that the dealers posed no threat to them. Regardless, Jesse remained adamant that he still planned to kill the two.
With no help from Walt, Jesse found poison from the Internet and conspired with Wendy (who frequented the dealers as customers) to assassinate the dealers with ricin-laced hamburgers that Wendy would bring to them that day. However, while they were waiting in Jesse's car for the dealers to arrive, Mike Ehrmantraut and Victor interrupted them, with Gus having been informed by Walt earlier of Jesse's plan. Wendy was told to leave while Mike and Victor drove Jesse to meet with Walt, Gus, and the dealers at the chicken farm. Gus, tired of Jesse, ordered him to make peace with the dealers. However, Jesse refused and snapped that despite Gus's persona of being a reasonable businessman, he allowed his employees to use kids to kill and deal meth for them. Attempting to find a compromise, Gus gave an ultimatum to the dealers -- "No more children." The dealers obliged and Jesse agreed to keep the peace.
That night however, the dealers killed Tomás. It is unknown if they were given the order to do this by Gus himself or if they acted alone to bait Jesse into crossing Gus by retaliating. Later, both dealers arrived at the disputed street-corner. Cranked up from a fresh bump of blue sky, Jesse left his car in an alley and began walking toward their car, armed with a pistol and bracing for a showdown. Both dealers stepped out of their vehicle and stood expressionless, fingering their weapons as Jesse stepped to them.Just as they moved to draw their guns, a dreary beige Pontiac Aztek driven by Walt, barreled out of nowhere and ran down both dealers. One of them was killed instantly, having been crushed underneath the car. The other was severely injured after being ran over and landing on the pavement. Walt jumped out of the car and ran over to the survivor, who was reaching for his fallen pistol, but Walt beat him to it and immediately executed him with a single bullet to the head. Looking at Jesse, who was in shock, he ordered him to "Run." ("Half Measures")
Murders committed by the Rival Dealers
- Tomás Cantillo: Shot to death after Gustavo Fring ordered the dealers to stop using children in their operation.
Murders connected to the Rival Dealers
- Christian "Combo" Ortega: Shot by Tomás Cantillo on orders of the dealers; this was part of Tomás' initiation test to join their gang.
- Neither of the "Rival Dealers" is ever addressed by a name. They also never speak a word of dialogue.
- The filming location used for the Rival Dealers' corner was 2nd St SW & Hazeldine Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.