If Breaking Bad changed TV forever, and Better Call Saul perfected it, then you'd think the common ingredient to make great television is Saul Goodman. You wouldn't be wrong, but of course, you'd be forgetting Mike Ehrmantraut. Sure, Walter White is the iconic OG, Saul Goodman is neutral good personified, but Mike Ehrmantraut is everyone's problematic fave.
Able to quickly solve a problem with deadly force while somehow still being the voice of reason, Mike is the kind of cold-blooded wetwork guy you somehow wouldn't mind having as a grandfather. Throughout his run on Breaking Bad and later Better Call Saul, we've seen Mike grow from a shadowy assassin to a conflicted man full of intense feelings. But no matter what Mike has been or will become, the one thing he's consistently remained is one of the best parts of both series he's appeared in. The best Mike Ehrmantraut episodes of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are masterpieces that show off the best of what each series can be when firing on all cylinders.
So let's skip all the build-up and get down to business in a way that Mike would approve of because it's time to get cooking and rank the best Mike episodes of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
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When Jesse, Mike, and Gus go to Don Eladio's estate to celebrate their alliance, Gus poisons Don Eladio and takes out all of his men, but he himself is poisoned as well, and Mike is wounded in the shootout.
110Was this a great episode?
- Original Airing: Sep 18 2011
- Season: Breaking Bad - Season 4
- Episode Number: 10
Mike's tragic past comes back to haunt him, and he's forced to seek help from an unusual source.
122Was this a great episode?
- Original Airing: March 9, 2015
- Season: Better Call Saul - Season 1
- Episode Number: 6
Gloves OffPhoto: AMC
Mike and Nacho go over plans to take out Tuco, due to Nacho's concern about Tuco's erratic behavior and the possibility of Tuco finding out about his secret deals.
90Was this a great episode?
- Original Airing: March 7, 2016
- Season: Better Call Saul - Season 2
- Episode Number: 4
Say My NamePhoto: AMC
Walt, Mike, and Jesse meet with Declan, their Phoenix-based competitor, eventually leading to Walt finishing off Mike.
112Was this a great episode?
- Original Airing: August 26, 2012
- Season: Breaking Bad - Season 5
- Episode Number: 7