There’s a Better Call Saul theory floating around the internet, and if you haven’t seen it already, it goes something like this: If you take the first letter of each of the episode titles in the second season — in order: Switch, Cobbler, Amarillo, Gloves Off, Rebecca, Bali Ha’i, Inflatable, Fifi, Nailed, Klick — you get the word “scagrbifnk,” which is, technically, not a word at all, and not something that provides any clues about the season finale. But, if you rearrange the letters in “scagrbifnk” and take the liberty of adding an apostrophe, you get something far more interesting: “Fring’s back.”
Our own Dustin Rowles already rolled up his sleeves and dug into this, pointing out both the history Vince Gilligan & Co. have with clues hidden in wordplay and the ways an appearance by Gus Fring in the season two finale could play out. We know Mike ends up working for Gus. We know Gus has ties to the cartel and the Salamancas. Even if it doesn’t happen in the season finale, it’s definitely happening at some point. Just a matter of when.
But all of this got me thinking. If there’s one potential clue hidden in a Better Call Saul-related anagram, couldn’t there be more? So, I fired up an anagram solver to investigate. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was.
Better Call Saul = A cartel’s bullet
The opening scene of each season of Better Call Saul has shown us a mustachioed Jimmy/Saul, post Breaking Bad and going by “Gene,” working at a Cinnabon in a Nebraska mall. He seems like a shell of his former self, a broken man, who survived his ordeal only to the degree that what he’s left with is “a life” at all in his view.
So while we know a great deal about Jimmy’s future, save a few short skips toward becoming Saul, we don’t yet know what becomes of Gene. Could his past eventually catch up to him? His primary concern seems to be the authorities, but is it possible his past ties to Walter and Gus still have him on the hit list of an associate or distant relative of someone from the cartel? Is that how the series will end, with Gene getting taken out by a Mexican hitman right there in that Cinnabon? Has the show been hiding his fate in plain sight since Day 1?
Vince Gilligan, you sly dog.
Hector Salamanca = Taco clans are HAM
Hector Salamanca runs the American side of his drug operation out of a New Mexico taqueria. He has, if you will, “a taco clan.” His comfort with violence is well-documented, as is Tuco’s, which you may remember from the time Tuco turned the right side of Mike’s face into a Picasso painting. This particular taco clan is indeed “hard as motherf*ckers,” as the anagram says.
What does this tell us about the finale? Mike has been poking the bear with his actions, stealing $250,000 from Hector and leaving witnesses behind. Will this blow up in his face? Does this mean Vince Gilligan introduced this clue in season two of Breaking Bad knowing he would pay it off 10 years later in a spinoff about a character that he hadn’t even introduced yet?
“Scagrbifnk” = Brick Fangs
One of the things people aren’t paying enough attention to is the fact that “scagrbifnk,” the nonsense word created from the first letter of each episode, doesn’t just unscramble into “Fring’s back.” It also unscrambles into “Brick Fangs.”
Could this mean Better Call Saul is about to introduce a Marvel-style supervillain named “Brick Fangs” who has a desire to dominate the entire American Southwest using an evil heart, a genius mind, and two long fangs made of brick? And if so, how is it that no one in Breaking Bad ever mentioned him? You’d think it would have come up at least once, even in passing, like “Boy, this meth problem is bad, but at least we got rid of that awful supervillain, Brick Fangs.” Some sort of Men in Black-style government mind-erasing technology, maybe? I trust the minds behind these shows to explain this fully and tie it all together.
Viktor St. Clair = Track Iris Volt
Ah, now it is becoming more clear. “Viktor St. Clair,” the fake name Jimmy used for his lunchtime grifts with Kim, is an anagram of “Track Iris Volt.” Perhaps this is the key to stopping Brick Fangs. Jimmy must go undercover as his flim flam man alter-ego to follow Fangs’ number two, Iris Volt, a female villain who shoots lightning out of her palms. If he can find Fangs’ criminal headquarters, maybe he can stop the evil duo from taking over Albuquerque and enslaving the population. He’ll have to be careful, though. Volt is dangerous. Luckily, he has a plan to counteract her powers…
He’ll just need one of Chuck’s space blankets.
Gisele St. Clair = Lace Grisliest
The only possible explanation here is that “Kim Wexler” has secretly been an associate of Brick Fangs named Lace Grisliest all along and her use of the name “Gisele St. Clair” was either a bit of foreshadowing for the audience or a subliminal slip-up that Jimmy will use to deduce her true allegiance just before she lures him into a trap that Fangs asked her to set because he was getting tired of Jimmy snooping around. Jimmy can then use this knowledge to have Mike stake out the location and turn Lace’s trap into a reverse trap where the two of them can take her hostage and try to pry information out of her.
The layers on this show. Fascinating.
Saul Goodman = Anal sumo dog
But what does it all mean???