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As The Cousins were making their way into the US to kill Heisenberg (Breaking Bad, Season 3, Episode 1), they turn their Mercedes in at a humble farm and take clothes from the line to swap for their suits, as the farmer (with a look) warns his wife not to interfere.

They then go to walk past the couple's daughter, who is with a tethered goat. One stops, looks at the girl, takes the car key from his pocket, and hangs it on the goat's horn, before walking on.

Did they intend to return for the car, or was this act a way of saying 'Eh, we took some clothes, but you get a car in return!'? I keep imagining them returning to find the farmer had turned the car into a chicken coop (or something else very practical).

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The real question is: why did they ditch the car in the first place? –  Bobby Alexander Jun 25 at 5:17
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@BobbyAlexander If you feel that is the real question, feel free to ask it (as a question). OTOH the question actually is - as above. –  Andrew Thompson Jun 25 at 8:05

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Having read your comments and actually having rewatched the scene, I'll majorly change my answer now.

No, it doesn't appear they did intend to return for their Mercedes. I took two possible meanings from the scene.

  1. The first is fairly unlikely - that they left the car there, left the keys there, but knew it would still be there when they returned, how ever long in the future that may be. This would symbolise their power and authority and the fear they (and the cartel) strike into people... But it just doesn't seem very likely to me.
  2. The more likely reason, as far as I can tell, is that is symbolises them going on a long trip and not returning. They no longer need the car, as they're going North. By ditching the car in the way they do, it also shows you that they don't value it in the same way normal people would. They don't need to sell it, or trade it in, or anything like that. They can simply leave it without worrying about the consequences.

If course, there is a third and final option - that the car was payment for their trip across the border. But this strikes me as particularly unlikely as it would hardly be discrete.

To conclude, I think the second reason is most likely. They didn't intend to return, didn't need the car or the money it would bring and simply left it.

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@AndrewThompson: AH! Dammit. Hadn't seen it in so long. Will amend now. Apologies. –  Andrew Martin Jun 25 at 7:57
    
Such a well thought out answer trumps any apologies (not that I thought apologies were due). Reason 2 does sound the most plausible to me. –  Andrew Thompson Jun 26 at 3:23

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