And I find this fascinating since the entire series was reverse-engineered, or made using components from the older programme. It's enjoyable now that it's soon to end.

We see tonight that Tony Dalton's drug king Lalo Salamanca was never ever supposed to be Nacho Varga, Howard Hamlin, or Patrick Fabian.

The programme also challenges us as viewers to reactivate our senses and work to infer bigger truths from little bits of knowledge. Take the chilly open for this week.

And I find this fascinating since the entire series was reverse-engineered, or made using components from the older programme. It's about to finish now,

Lalo was so close to revealing Gus to the Salamanca cartel's other members. He detailed his plan for Saul to drive to Gus' residence quite calmly and completely.

Lalo is standing over Howard's lifeless body throughout. Saul persuaded him to send Kim instead, arguing that she would approach Gus' house more covertly.

Gus Fring's preparation for Lalo would have seemed a little too smooth and handy if we didn't know him well. although in this instance

At Gus' safe home, Mike (Jonathan Banks) intervenes and prevents the attempted hit, which was actually only a diversion, before Kim can fire the shot.

But once Kim leaves, Lalo finally abandons the Mr. Charming act—not that anyone was fooled, of course. He chokes Jimmy, binds him to the chair, and accuses Nacho of murdering his family in Mexico.