mike griego

In Better Call Saul, season 2, episode 8, titled ‘Fifi,’ Mike is staking out Hector ‘Tio’ Salamanca’s ice cream shop. The name of the shop is a reference to Don Eladio Vuente, Tio’s boss, and leader of the Ciudad Juarez Cartel.

The name Eladio is a Spanish name, of Greek origin, meaning ‘Greek, ‘he who came from Greece,’ or ‘of Greece.’ A variant spelling is Heladio, which makes the shop’s business a play on words, because ‘helado’ is ice-cream (or frozen) in Spanish. Likewise, a male Greek person is a ‘Griego,’ and the word ‘Guiñador’ means winking, as in an eye wink. The one eye is a reference to the ‘All Seeing Eye’ rosary that Done Eladio wears for protection. As for the use of the eye, in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, as a symbol of judgement, there are too many references in the shows, as well as too many religious connotations to list in a blog post.