Mike Ehrmantraut’s formative years has been put in focus throughout Higher Name Saul, and in flip, extra particulars about his son, Matty, have been revealed. Mike, performed by Jonathan Banks, first appeared in Breaking Dangerous earlier than the character turned an important determine within the prequel sequence. A lot of Mike’s tragic previous formed who he turned by the point he first encountered Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Sadly, a lot of Mike’s previous traumas centered across the destiny of Matty. Higher Name Saul concluded with season 6 in 2022, and here is all the things it revealed about Mike’s son, Matty.


When he made his Breaking Dangerous debut in season 2, the grizzled Mike Ehrmantraut was a personal investigator linked to Saul Goodman whereas additionally serving as a talented hitman. It was clear that he had a connection to Gus Fring, however that would not be absolutely defined till Higher Name Saul. The identical went for Mike’s household. It was recognized that Mike assisted in supporting his daughter-in-law, Stacey, and his younger granddaughter, Kaylee, following the dying of his solely son. Nonetheless, the small print behind the occasion have been far more heart-wrenching than first thought.

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By placing Mike again within the highlight with Higher Name Saul, there was a possibility to look deeper into the sophisticated man’s previous. The prequel unearthed the truth that Mike was a Vietnam Warfare vet and shed extra gentle on his time as a member of the Philadelphia Police Division. Although the latter a part of Mike’s Breaking Dangerous backstory wasn’t a brand new revelation, the explanation why he left his profession behind was lastly answered. It turned out that Mike was a corrupt cop that took bribes in change for defense. Sadly, Matty adopted in his footsteps, however it did not finish so effectively for him.

Matty Was Killed By Corrupt Cops Earlier than Higher Name Saul

Effectively earlier than the occasions of Higher Name Saul, Matty determined to turn out to be a police officer identical to his father. He joined the Philadelphia Police Division the place he was shortly pressured into taking soiled cash. Earlier than accepting, he requested for recommendation from Mike, who nervous that if Matty took an ethical stand, he may be considered as a legal responsibility. His fear was justified as a result of fellow cops ambushed Matty. They believed he might turn out to be a whistleblower, in order that they killed him. The ambush was staged, and there was no proof that cops have been concerned, however Mike knew higher. He finally tracked down the cops who killed his son and murdered them in the identical trend.

Mike, now a callous killer himself, then relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico to be with Stacey and Kaylee, the one household he had left. Detectives from Philadelphia finally caught up with him however Saul (who nonetheless glided by Jimmy McGill at that time), helped him out of the state of affairs. It was no query that the dying of Matty hardened Mike till his dying day. His son was put in a troublesome determination and Mike could not save him. This was most likely why he took a liking to Jesse, one other younger man trapped in a lose-lose predicament.

Higher Name Saul Might Have Used Matty Extra

As Mike’s backstory continued to unfold in earlier seasons Higher Name Saul, it was anticipated that the sequence would supply extra perception into his previous with Matty, together with extra flashbacks of Matty as a toddler, earlier than it concluded. Mike at all times carried Matty’s dying in Breaking Dangerous, however it’s a more energizing wound within the prequel. By the point Higher Name Saul concluded with season 6 in 2022, nonetheless, Matty had solely appeared twice. After the season 1 exposition flashbacks, Matty solely appeared as soon as extra, in season 4, episode 4, “Discuss.” The scene exhibits Mike, a lot youthful, permitting Matty to jot down his identify in moist cement on the driveway he’d simply crammed. It is a touching second, however one which serves to remind the viewers how far more might have been accomplished with Matty’s story.

That is to not detract from Higher Name Saul or the way it’s fleshed out Mike Ehrmantraut’s character – he is acquired unanimous acclaim throughout each Breaking Dangerous and Higher Name Saul for good cause. Nonetheless, it does really feel like a possibility was missed by not exhibiting extra of Matty, particularly his early days as a cop. Giving hints on the man Matty was on his option to changing into would have made Mike’s sense of loss, and guilt extra tangible to audiences. Because it stands although, the temporary glimpse of Matty given in Higher Name Saul was nonetheless an enormous second for Mike’s character — simply not fairly as impactful for the remainder of the present as anticipated.


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