Was the ancient patriarch known as El Patron in House of the Scorpion, really descended from the drug lord Fausto Galvan from The Bridge? To be clear, were not talking about El Patron’s clone, who is also named Matteo, or Matt, but rather El Patron himself.

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El Patron, head of the Alacran Family and leader of Opium

Let’s being with taking a look at what we know about Fausto Galvan.

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Fausto Galvan

Fausto is a drug lord who primarily deals opium and controls a large swath of territory along the U.S.-Mexican Border, revolving around the city of Juarez.

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U.S.-Mexican Border Controlled by Fausto Galvan

Fausto is a powerful cartel boss and drug lord who we last see going into prison in Mexico, with his fate remaining unknown.

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Fausto Galvan is taken into custody in Mexico

       El Patron, the patriarchal leader of the Alacran Family in House of the Scorpion, is a Drug Lord who controls a no-man’s land between the U.S. and Azlan, or Mexico, in the near future. El Patron is so powerful that his opiate empire is considered it’s own miniature country called Opium.

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Opium straddles the U.S.-Aztlan (Mexico) Border

      Both men relied on slave labor to build and maintain their empires. To harvest his opium crop and run his drug Empire El Patron relied on brain-washed slaves called Ejiits, and Fausto Galvan was known for using sex slaves, women who were sedated with his opiates, to make money and seduce corrupt officials.

       We also know that Fausto is obsessed with family and legacy, and he’s constantly talking about his father’s work with the cartel. We know that Fausto had a son who was murdered, and we see he dedicated a mausoleum in the boy’s honor.

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Fausto Galvan visiting his son’s tomb

Based on Fausto’s sexual appetite and general disregard for precautionary measures in any aspect of his life, it’s probable that he has more children, and if he found out about them, he would undoubtedly indoctrinate them into his organization.
Much like Fausto, El Patron is obsessed with family and power. In addition to having many sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons, El Patron breeds clones of himself to harvest their organs in an effort to extend his own life. One such clone, Matteo, or Matt, lives in an old house located in El Patron’s trans-border drug empire.
If we think hard about it, we will remember that Fausto Galvan was not only a cartel boss, he invested his drug money in other enterprises along both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. One of these projects was building houses, just like the one Matteo Alacran lives in.

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Fausto Galvan’s houses under construction in 2014

We know that House of the Scorpion is set about 120 years in the future, so it only makes sense that Fausto’s houses, which were built in 2013 and 2014, would be old and dilapidated by the time Matteo was born.
Lastly, it appears that El Patron inherited not only Fausto’s drug empire, but also Fausto’s personal seal. Fausto’s personal symbol is a red scorpion, which we see in a mosaic built into the floor of one of his houses.

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Mosaic depicting Fausto’s seal

Upon finding the seal in one of the homes, Detective Hank Wade remarked “Fausto’s stamp.” If we look closely, we will realize that it’s the exact same symbol used by the Alacran family.

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Alacran Family symbol

In fact, the word “Alacran” actually means “Scorpion” in Spanish, and we know from House of the Scorpion that Alacran is not El Patron’s birth name, so it’s logical that an illegitimate child of Fausto Galvan might take this symbol as a last name.

So let’s review the facts: Fausto Galvan and El Patron were both drug lords, ruling slave-driven opiate empires that straddled the U.S.-Mexico border. We also know that they were both obsessed with family and legacy, and that Fausto could have had many children, including some he may not have known about. We see that Fausto and the Alacran family both used a red scorpion as their family symbol. And lastly, El Patron changed his last name from an unknown surname to Alacran, which means scorpion.

The last time we see Fausto Galvan, he is being incarcerated in a Mexican prison, and we don’t know el Patron’s origins, so it’s impossible to say for sure if the ruler of Opium was really descended from Galvan, so I ask you; was Fausto Galvan the First Alacran?

We don’t know for sure what happened to Boba Fett between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, so it’s impossible to know for sure whether or not this truly was a case of intergalactic identity theft, so I ask you; was this Boba Fett’s Impostor?

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