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There's this character in Better Call Saul named Lyle, who is a Los Pollos Hermanos employee, and who is not in Breaking Bad. Last I checked, I think we'd expect Lyle to still be alive and continue working at LPH. What's up with that?

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I don't think there's any other named character in BCS whose fate is not explained and whose fate is indeed wondered by the audience like when we 1st see the character in BCS, we think 'They're either not in BB or are vastly different from how they are in BB. Why?'

If there is, then please inform me.

Character BCS BB Reason we expect explanation Explained?
James 'Jimmy' McGill Is not a corrupt lawyer Has become 'Saul Goodman' Not like this at the start of BCS Yes
Hector Salamanca Not in wheelchair In wheelchair Not like this at the start of BCS Yes
Kim Wexler In BCS Not in BB Interacts a lot with Jimmy Yes
Lalo Salamanca In BCS Not in BB Interacts a lot with Jimmy or cartels Yes
Charles 'Chuck' McGill In BCS Not in BB Interacts a lot with Jimmy Yes
Howard Hamlin In BCS Not in BB Interacts a lot with Jimmy Yes
Ignacio Varga In BCS Not in BB Interacts a lot with Jimmy or cartels Yes

Besides people, there are even explained objects/places/events or lack thereof like

  1. Gus' underground meth lab: Gus doesn't have it at the start of BCS

  2. Why Jimmy/Saul has not only not met Gus in BB but also doesn't even really know Gus or something (or at least not at 1st when Saul introduces Walt to Gus).

Edit 2: Re the opinion-based close vote:

  1. If there's nothing in canon, then say so as an answer. Feel free to say 'Scientists are now saying that sometimes, people leave fast food jobs.'

  2. Note: I actually haven't watched the 2nd half of BCS s6 yet. I just read the summaries and watched clips and stuff. I'm gonna watch later on. I was just wondering if there was anything that happened to Lyle that wasn't in the summaries or that I missed. Again, if there's nothing, then just say so. Please consider using spoiler tag, but if you wanna answer without then go ahead.

  3. Preferably, an answer would cite an interview with Vince Gilligan or Peter Gould where they say 'We don't know' (as in 'death of the author') or something. But I guess I'd accept an answer that says something like, if true, 'the entire BCS s6 2nd half doesn't have any mention of Lyle. You can see the transcripts that Lyle's name is not there.'

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I think we'd expect Lyle to still be alive and continue working at [Los Pollos Hermanos]

Although we don't see Lyle in Breaking Bad, there's no particular indication that he isn't both alive, and keeping the city supplied with delicious fried chicken (at least until some chemistry teacher ruins everything).

By my count, we only see the inside of the Albuquerque branch of Los Pollos Hermanos in nine episodes of Breaking Bad. The one employee with lines is Cynthia, who, like Lyle, seems to be there to demonstrate that Los Pollos Hermanos managers believe Gus is a regular boss, and aren't aware that the business is an elaborate front for a meth operation.

As we can infer from his conversation with Gus in Lyle's last Gilliverse appearance in episode 8 of season 6 of Better Call Saul, 'Point and Shoot', Lyle usually opens or closes the restaurant, not both. Like most fast food employees, he's on shifts, so like Gus, he's not always in the restaurant.

Pollos also has several locations in New Mexico alone. In the Breaking Bad timeline, Lyle could be managing one of them. He could be assistant regional manager (or assistant to the regional manager) of several. He could be using his innate musical aptitude to develop new advertising jingles to help them expand into new markets! For a beautiful unique character like Lyle, the sky really is the limit.

Perhaps not entirely unique though. There are several other named characters who appear more than once in, and survive, Better Call Saul (without mentioning any imminent plans to leave Albuquerque), and didn't appear in Breaking Bad:

Character Better Call Saul Breaking Bad Explained?
Manuel Varga Owner of thriving local upholstery business Does not appear No
Daniel Wormald Albuquerque's hottest up-and-coming nerdy drug dealer Does not appear No
Craig Kettleman Cruelly persecuted former Bernalillo County treasurer, now masterminding a 100%-legitimate tax services business Does not appear No
Betsy Kettleman Craig's honest and dutiful wife Does not appear No
Clifford Main Named partner at famous local law firm Davis and Main Does not appear No
Erin Brill Expert conference call administrator at Davis and Main Does not appear No
Omar Assistant at Davis and Main Does not appear No
Richard Schweikart Named parter at famous local law firm Schweikart & Cokely Does not appear No
Viola Goto Up-and-coming paralegal at Schweikart & Cokely Does not appear No
Kevin Wachtell CEO of famous mid-sized regional bank Mesa Verde Does not appear No
Paige Novick Senior counsel at Mesa Verde Does not appear No
Ernesto Mostly-acceptable mail-room employee at HHM, until Chuck decides otherwise Does not appear No
Mrs. Nguyen Owner of thriving local nail salon Does not appear No

Whether you're curious about what any of them are up to in the Breaking Bad timeline is between you and your god.

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    Correction, Ernie is a former diligent mail-room employee at HHM. His last appearance (aside from the karaoke flashback) has him admit to Kim that Chuck fired him. From his demeanour, it's clear that he's fired from HHM, not just as Chuck's assistant. Sep 23, 2022 at 5:44
  • @GeoffAtkins ooh yes, excellent point. Sep 23, 2022 at 8:24
  • but a lot of them don't necessarily have to do with the BB plot? perhaps add another column: explain why you expect them to be there? i'll add for my own post. thanks.
    – BCLC
    Sep 23, 2022 at 8:29
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    @BCLC: yes. I know which show Cynthia is in. I'm trying to explain that Lyle, like Cynthia, isn't particularly integral to the plot of both shows, so it's not surprising that the writers didn't feel the need to indicate what Lyle's trajectory might have been during Breaking Bad (just like we don't see what happens to Cynthia in Breaking Bad after Los Pollos Hermanos collapses). Sep 23, 2022 at 13:15
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    Amazing (and humorous) answer! But I still wonder why people are so interested in Lyle life :)
    – Déjà vu
    Oct 3, 2022 at 7:24

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