Gus informs the cartel that once Walt is done with his three months, they will be free to kill him. Now the ending of Gus Fring, Better Call Saul, and maybe the entire extended Breaking Bad universe is nigh with the announcement that Better Call Saul’s sixth season will be the show’s last. I think they probably were lovers."[5]. Gus orders Hector's treatment halted after he has regained movement in his right index finger, leaving his recovered mind trapped in his unhealed body. Hector refuses to acknowledge Gus as Gus prepares to kill him with a lethal injection. Mike takes Jesse out of the lab to help pick up dead drops and carry out other tasks, and arranges for Jesse to foil a pre-planned attack on him, which boosts Jesse's confidence and increases his sense of loyalty to Mike and Gus. Too late, Gus sees that the bell is attached to the detonator of Walt's pipe bomb, which Walt had installed on the underside of Hector's wheelchair. During the party at Eladio's house to celebrate their rapprochement, Gus tricks Eladio and most of the other cartel leaders into drinking from a poisoned bottle of tequila. Nacho fears that Hector will learn of his role in Tuco's imprisonment and is concerned about Hector's intent to take over Nacho's father's upholstery store for use as a front business. [8][9], Mike spends several weeks feeling depressed over Werner's death and drinks to excess. The loss of Max also cultivated Gus's desire to create a new "family" by empowering his meth empire, as well as the chicken restaurants. He brings them to Dr. Goodman's makeshift hospital Gus had previously arranged at his villa, where both receive treatment. Mike tracks Werner to a money wire store and then to a nearby resort. Lalo is surrounded by police and arrested. As shown in the Better Call Saul episode "Dedicado a Max", after arriving in Albuquerque, Gus acquired a small villa on the Mexican side of the Mexico-US border. The gunmen enter, kill Lalo's family, and wound Lalo. Jesse agrees to help Walt and tells him about Gus' routine, including his visits to Hector at the nursing home. [3] As mentioned in the Better Call Saul episode "JMM", Gus and Peter, the CEO of Madrigal Electromotive, had a shared experience in Santiago that Gus reminds Peter of to calm him when Peter panics over Lalo's attacks on Gus' business. Gus immigrated to Mexico in the 1980s during the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet,[2] and in a flashback during the Breaking Bad episode "One Minute", Hector mockingly refers to him as "Grand Generalissimo", implying that Gus had a connection to the Pinochet regime. Better Call Saul Season 5 will have a special two-night premiere on Sunday, February 23, with the second episode airing on Monday, February 24, in its regular timeslot at 9 p.m. on AMC. Gus says he has sent gunmen to kill Lalo, and that Nacho may be able to help. However, Gus encourages Mike to continue to disrupt the trucks Hector uses to bring ice cream store supplies and drugs from Mexico and send cash back to the cartel. Gus calmly tells Walt and Jesse to get back to work, and increases oversight in the lab by installing security cameras and having Mike and Tyrus watch them while they work. After Mike disrupts two shipments without revealing his identity, Hector demands that Gus temporarily use his Los Pollos Hermanos trucks to ship both Hector's and Gus's drugs. AMC’s drama series Better Call Saul was renewed for a sixth and final season on January 2019. Gus offers to send men to do it, but Mike accepts responsibility because Werner escaped on his watch, so he shoots and kills Werner himself. In our world of “Better Call Saul,” we’re moving backward. Better Call Saul season 3: Gus Fring might be in it, just not in the first few episodes, hints Vince Gilligan 'Arguably the most brilliant character ever to appear on either show' The company is a subsidiary of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, a multinational company based in Germany which has ownership stakes in multiple subsidiaries. One of them mentions that he forgot to cover the fryers, Lyle responds that he will take care of that. Paste ranked Fring number 3 in its list of the 20 Best Characters of 2011. That makes sense, given how involved he has become in the storylines of Better Call Saul at this point. When Nacho and Arturo arrive at the chicken farm to pick up their next shipment, Gus suffocates and kills Arturo, and tells Nacho that he knows what Nacho did, and unless Nacho follows his orders, he will inform the Salamancas. Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke, The Last Holiday and Spike Lee’s films Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, School Daze and Malcolm X. Esposito's additional film credits include The Jungle Book, Money Monster, Stuck, Poker Night, Alex Cross, Sherrybaby, Ali, Nothing to Lose, Waiting to Exhale, Bob Roberts, King of New York and Cotton Club. Gus arranges for Nacho to take cocaine of inferior quality when picking up the Salamanca's drugs at Los Pollos Hermanos. He employs a number of enforcers and has personally killed rivals and associates.[1]. Better Call Saul Debut: “Sunk Costs” (Season 3, Episode 3) Known For: Using his medical degree (perhaps, à la Gale, he was one of Gus’s scholarship beneficiaries?) Walt asks Mike to let him call Jesse and convince him to come to the lab, but instead Walt tells Jesse to kill Gale. After a night in the desert, Mike kills the surviving gunman and Jimmy and he resume walking. Walt initially refuses, but Gus eventually convinces Walt that he should cook for his family's financial security. Better Call Saul Season 2. Because the Salamanca family drug business controlled by Hector also includes Albuquerque, Gus is forced to deal with him but seeks to undermine the Salamancas. Mike escorts engineers through the laundry and questions them about their ability to construct the lab as Gus secretly listens in. Gus is angry with Mike for not … Despite the efforts to safely resume by Sony, the […] Gus' popularity, as well as his importance to the series' development, made room for possible "flashback" type appearances in future episodes,[4][22] but that idea did not come to fruition until 2017 when Gus was brought back for season 3 of Better Call Saul. Shortly afterward, Gus is given a tour of the DEA's Albuquerque field office, along with other local boosters. Giancarlo Esposito, a.k.a. Instead, Eladio had Hector Salamanca kill Max for selling meth in cartel territory without permission. Gus, who had wanted this result from the start, appears to reluctantly agree. [4] He also left it ambiguous as to whether Gus and Max were lovers, but stated "I personally think Max was more than just a friend to Gus. Lalo says he intends to return to Mexico in order to avoid the scrutiny of police and prosecutors. With the DEA beginning to connect Gale's death to Gus, Gus fires Walt and threatens to kill Walt's family if he retaliates or informs. Esposito mused about a potential Gus … Lalo confirms the impurity of the cocaine in a visit to Salamanca street dealers. Giancarlo Esposito opens up about playing a Gus Fring-like villain in Far Cry 6 Giancarlo Esposito, who famously played the dreaded drug kingpin Gus Fring in Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, is playing a similar character in Far Cry 6. So, think about that," the actor teased of the cameos to expect in "Better Call Saul" season 3. Mike, Walt, and Jesse partner in a new meth business, with Mike continuing to pay Gus' former employees out of his share of the profits in order to assure their continued silence. Leonel and Marco Salamanca are impatient and travel from Mexico to the US to carry out the murder, but Gus intervenes and points them to Hank, who actually killed Tuco. When police successfully interdict these payments, Walt fears his identity will be exposed and attempts to obtain the employees' names from Mike so he can have them killed. I can't spill beans [but] people who would be around Gus. Season 5 ended with a cliffhanger that teases a final showdown between Gus and Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton), but given that only one will go on to appear in the Breaking Bad timeline, it would seem that the owner of Los Pollos Hermanos will have the upper hand. One of them mentions that he forgot to cover the fryers, Lyle responds that he will take care of that. Better Call Saul Doesn't Need Gus Fring. Season 5 of “Better Call Saul” sees Fring and Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), his right-hand man in “Breaking Bad,” go through some relationship troubles of their own. Gus and Max's relationship is implied to be more than business. "So, yes, anything can happen, anyone can appear and more people will be appearing. Gus provides long-term housing and amenities for Werner's crew, while Mike provides security and transportation designed to keep their presence a secret. In "Hermanos", Eladio says that when he ordered Max killed, he spared Gus because of his unstated but apparently powerful connection to Chile. Gus provides him Gale Boetticher, the talented chemist who set up the superlab, to help cook, but Walt needs to placate Jesse after Hank assaults him, so he convinces Gus to bring Jesse back as his assistant. Better Call Saul Creators Didn’t Expect You to Solve Their Gus Fring Puzzle “I guess we really underestimated the genius and hard work of our fans.” By Joanna Robinso n. April 19, 2016. It wasn't until the camera panned to his right side that viewers learned that half of Gus' face was blown off. Though the character left Breaking Bad with a bang, we have a feeling it will be just as exciting to see how he enters it. Gus appears uninjured as he calmly walks out of the room and adjusts his tie, but the camera slowly tracks around him to reveal that the explosion has torn off the right side of his face. Gus eventually agrees to purchase 38 pounds of Walt's meth for $1.2 million but only if it can be delivered within a limited time at a remote location. Gilligan has stated that he purposely left Gus's origins ambiguous, comparing them to the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. Ben Leuner—AMC. When Lalo goes to investigate, Nacho opens the gate and flees. Tyrus and Victor make Arturo's death and a violent attack on Nacho look like the work of the Espinosas, while Victor sells the drugs from Nacho's car to them. In the Better Call Saul episode "Magic Man", Lalo Salamanca refers to a mysterious incident involving Gus which took place in Santiago. Perhaps Nacho Varga emotionally centers Saul's Gus Fring plotline. Afterwards, Gus briefs Peter and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle on the status of the meth lab and Gus assures Peter he will get the plan back on track. Check out the new Better Call Saul Season 4 Episode 2 Clip starring Michael Mando! Instead, he asks for assistance laundering the $250,000 he stole from one of Hector's trucks, which Gus provides by arranging for Madrigal Electromotive to hire Mike as a contracted security expert and pay him monthly consulting fees. When Gus's subordinate Tyrus Kitt calls Gus for guidance, Gus recognizes an opportunity to infiltrate the Salamanca organization and tells Tyrus to give Nacho the extra kilo. In our world of “Better Call Saul,” we’re moving backward. Fring's appearance in "Better Call Saul" has long since been teased by the creators of the series. A Chilean-American, Fring is a major methamphetamine distributor in the Southwestern United States who uses several legitimate businesses, including a chain of successful fast food fried chicken restaurants called Los Pollos Hermanos (The Chicken Brothers) and an industrial laundry facility called Lavanderia Brillante, as fronts for a vast drug operation. Little is known about Gus' past, except that he was supposed to have originally come from Chile. Mike meets Gus Fring for the first time and receives a surprising proposal. The story explains events of which Lalo is aware, including Werner's departure from Albuquerque, pursuit by Mike, and subsequent death. Better Call Saul Doesn't Need Gus Fring. There is reason to believe that 'Breaking Bad' baddie Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) was supposed to appear in 'Better Call Saul.' Better Call Saul avoided bringing the methamphetamine dealer in until the very end of season two when he prevented Mike Erhmantraut from murdering Hector Salamanca.Series co-creators Gilligan and Peter Gould even hid an anagram that spelled out "FRINGSBACK" in each episode's title—his return marked a momentous … That makes sense, given how involved he has become in the storylines of Better Call Saul at this point. All but one are killed, and the survivor gets away in the only attacker's vehicle that is still drivable. 5 … 'Breaking Bad's Gus Fring and Jesse Pinkman.Photo via AMC Networks. With Jesse unconscious after taking heroin with his girlfriend Jane Margolis, Walt is forced to miss the birth of his daughter Holly to make the delivery. Walt persuades Gus to reconsider his decision, promising that he will never have to deal with Jesse and that their product will earn him enormous returns. Some critics have compared Gus to Barack Obama, with the character's deliberate juxtaposition as a Black person to be an allegory to white America's alleged dissatisfaction with the Obama administration. Mike works under an assumed name to secretly point the police towards Lalo for the murder of Fred the money wire store clerk. [14], As Gus oversees cleanup and rebuilding of the Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant that was burned down, Mike informs him that Lalo has returned to his home in Chihuahua, and that Nacho is with him. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Giancarlo Esposito reveals his pitch for a Gilligan-verse prequel called The Rise of Gus Fring, about the drug kingpin's shadowy past. He locks the door and goes into the restaurant kitchen to find Gus Fring checking the fryers. Eladio spares Gus but forces him to cooperate with the cartel on Eladio's terms. Gus is pleased with the quality of Walt's blue meth, and offers him $3 million for three months of his time to cook more in a high-tech "superlab" hidden under an industrial laundry that Gus owns. The villa serves as the residence for Dr. Barry Goodman, and contains a fountain which is dedicated to Max. All rights reserved. Mike and Jimmy agree on a cover story for Jimmy to tell Lalo after Jimmy posts his bail. Gus wants Lalo released, so he has Mike provide Jimmy the details of his investigation into Lalo. I’m over the moon. The memory of his former Los Pollos Hermanos partner is what fuels Gus Fring. Gus agrees to overlook the matter but reinstates Gale as Walt's assistant, and privately tells Gale to learn all of Walt's methods so that he can take over from Walt. Lalo accepts Gus's cover story and apology, but remains suspicious. Once Jesse finds Gale's apartment, Walt sets out to kill him, but Victor stops him and brings him to the lab, where Mike is waiting. Hector is rushed to the hospital, while Gus, Nacho and Arturo are summoned to a meeting with Bolsa at the Los Pollos distribution plant, where Bolsa declares that until further notice, the Salamanca operation will continue with Nacho and Arturo in charge. Esposito has a recurring role as ‘the Narrator’ in all three seasons of Netflix’s Dear White People. Breaking Bad Debut: “Granite State” (Season 5, Episode 15) … Instead of killing Tuco, Mike arranges for Tuco to assault him in view of the police, leading to Tuco's arrest. He also recently starred in Chris Brancato’s EPIX series Godfather of Harlem as ‘Adam Clayton Powell Jr.’ and in the Cinemax series Jett alongside Carla Gugino. He can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Disney+ Star Wars universe series The Mandalorian. Gus hires a doctor to oversee Hector's recovery. Werner's father was the engineer who helped build the Sydney Opera House, a job that he dedicated over a decade of his life to. Jesse cooks a superior batch of meth and Gus offers to have him stay in Mexico and work for the cartel. Without knowing what that secret was, Esposito understood the potential Gus had as a growing character, therefore rejecting offers for guest appearances and insisting on becoming a series regular. [24] TV Guide named him No. Gus offers to continue paying Mike during the delay, but Mike declines out of frustration over Gus's seeming lack of compassion for Werner. Nacho Varga pays Mike to help remove Tuco Salamanca, Hector's nephew, from the day-to-day activities of the Salamanca family drug business. A: I’m extremely excited. Gus anonymously warns Hank about the pending attack, enabling Hank to kill Marco and critically injure Leonel, despite becoming nearly paralyzed from the waist down. When it came time to discuss reprising the role of Gus on Breaking Bad's spinoff/prequel, Better Call Saul, Esposito knew his worth and asked for it. Spoilers ahead for Better Call Saul Season 5. 3 in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time,[25] and in 2016, Rolling Stone ranked him No. [20] Moments before dying, Gus manages to calmly adjust his tie even after having half his face blown off. Gus has a mysterious background; "Gustavo Fring" is established as an alias, as neither the DEA nor Gus' enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut can find any records about him prior to his arrival in Mexico. At a meeting between Juan Bolsa, Gus, Hector and Nacho, Bolsa informs them that the use of Gus's trucks to move the drugs and cash for both organizations will be a permanent arrangement. For the next twenty years, Gus remains outwardly loyal to the cartel, but nurses a grudge against Eladio and Hector, waiting for his chance at revenge. "Better Call Saul" gives viewers a chance to see how Gus Fring becomes the feared drug kingpin from "Breaking Bad." Mike fears Hector will learn that Mike arranged for Tuco's imprisonment and is concerned that Hector will retaliate against Stacey and Kaylee. The show has been nominated in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 for an Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Drama Series” and for a 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award in the category of … He then forces the survivor to call the middleman who arranged the killing and report that Lalo is dead.[15]. Gus Fring will appear in “Better Call Saul” Season 3. The company is a subsidiary of Madrigal Electromotive GmbH, a multinational company based in Germany which has ownership stakes in multiple subsidiaries. However, underneath this front Gus is ruthless, cruel and Machiavellian in managing his vast drug empire. With construction behind schedule, Werner misses his wife and effects an escape to rendezvous with her. Fring maintains a positive public image; he is a booster for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), befriending the special agent in charge and making large donations to the Albuquerque office's civic and charitable events. Midway into season three, says Simon Wilson, the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul is cruising in its own greatness. Rumors of the "stepped on" product reach Nacho and Domingo, who report them to Lalo. More specifically, how Max Arciniega died is … 'Better Call Saul''s Mike Ehrmantraut and Gustavo Fring.Photo via AMC Networks. [7] Gus agrees and on the night of the transfer he tensely waits as Victor and Diego make sure that the DEA and local police seize nearly a million dollars but find no leads to Gus. Because Lalo remains suspicious, Gus shuts down construction of the underground meth lab and has Mike send Werner's workers home. Gus tells him that he is not interested in conducting business since Jesse was late and high for the first meeting, and is thus potentially unreliable. While Gus had revealed some information about his relationship to Gale on Breaking Bad, this Better Call Saul scene allows viewers to see it firsthand. Gus uses his influence with the police to distract them at the hospital so Mike can fatally inject Leonel. In a meeting with Lalo and Juan Bolsa, Gus falsely claims that Werner Ziegler was working under Mike's supervision to construct a chilling system for Gus's chicken farm, and that Werner fled after stealing cocaine. Gus appears to notice Nacho's actions, but says nothing. Nacho follows Mike's previous advice to switch the placebos for Hector's real medication so that foul play will not be suspected. Mike suggests to Gus that they may be able to drive a wedge between Walt and Jesse. Mike briefs Gus on the events in the desert, and Gus realizes the attack was ordered by Juan Bolsa to protect Gus's business. Howard has put HHM back on a successful path following Chuck’s death. [17] To achieve Gus's trademark calmness, Esposito used yoga techniques, which allowed him to convey the character as "being a good listener". The third season of the American television drama series Better Call Saul premiered on April 10, 2017, and concluded on June 19, 2017. That being said, "Better Call Saul" season 3 may not see Fring in the flesh, or at least not yet. When Walter White seeks a buyer for his high-quality meth, Saul Goodman arranges a meeting with the unknown purchaser. He secretly swaps Hector's angina medication for a placebo, hoping to induce a fatal heart attack. The ten-episode season was broadcast on Monday nights in the United States on AMC.A spin-off of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, both of whom also worked on Breaking Bad.. [10], Gus arranges for Nacho to report to Mike about his activities to undermine the Salamanca organization. Gus and other subsidiary owners provide status reports to Peter Schuler, Madrigal's CEO. Spoilers ahead for Better Call Saul Season 5. Lalo escapes the house through a hidden tunnel, then sneaks back in and kills all but one gunman. Better Call Saul Season 5 is now complete, so fans will have to wait until likely next year (or even 2022!) He falls to the floor and dies. While there, he discovers that Walt has lung cancer and that his brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, is a DEA agent. Walt and his partner, Jesse Pinkman, arrive at a Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant in the South Valley, but the buyer seemingly never shows up, with Jesse and Walt unaware that Gus, the restaurant manager, had been silently watching them. The attempt on Hank's life leads to a large-scale crackdown on the cartel, and Juan Bolsa is killed. Nacho gains Lalo's trust, and after Domingo is arrested, Nacho and Lalo use Jimmy/Saul to secure Domingo's release from jail in exchange for the location of several of Gus's dead drops. Additional TV credits include Amazon’s The Boys, which returns for a second season later this year, Westworld, Once Upon A Time, The Get Down, Drunk History, and Community. Before Gus administers the shot, Hector suddenly turns to face him, stares at him intently and repeatedly rings the bell on his wheelchair. [28] The series won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series in 2017. Now he faces his most formidable opponent — the relentless Lalo Salamanca. As per the show’s co-creator Peter Gould, the production was supposed to start at the end of the year but it got delayed due to the current pandemic situation. "[27], AMC released a series of ten short videos on YouTube and their social media accounts during season three as Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training with Gus Fring, combining live-action shots featuring Esposito as Gus along with animated segments, presented as employee training videos for Gus's Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant workers. With the new transport agreement in place, Nacho and Arturo Colon arrive at the Los Pollos Hermanos warehouse and farm to pick up a drug shipment, and Nacho attempts to strong-arm his way into taking six kilos instead of the agreed-upon five. Gus goes on to claim that in an effort to hide the loss, he replaced the stolen cocaine with locally produced methamphetamine. Panicked, Walt recovers the bomb and hides at his home. The character Gustavo Fring is named after the former German international footballer Torsten Frings. [29], Fictional character in the television drama series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. So I have to un-inform that character and start to think of new traits to give him that I can use in between the lines to give you a sense of a younger, maybe more vulnerable, maybe a little bit more hotheaded Gus that you saw in “Breaking Bad” because this is a prequel to that show. The next day, Mike makes a veiled warning to Werner that Gus will have him killed if he makes the same mistake again, and Werner acknowledges that he understands. Giancarlo Esposito will reprise his role as drug kingpin Gus Fring on Season 3 of Better Call Saul… Gus is impressed by Jesse's mettle, and has Mike involve him in more work outside the lab. Juan reminds Lalo that Gus enjoys the trust of Don Eladio, and indicates that Lalo should let the matter drop. [26], Although the character of Gus Fring and Esposito's performance have generally been well received by critics, some native Spanish speakers have criticized the actor's stilted and unnatural accent when speaking Spanish. 7 of their "40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time". Determined to move beyond the shadow cast by his brother’s troubling death, Jimmy begins practicing law as his colorful alter ego, “Saul Goodman.”. Dr. Barry Goodman tends to Mike's wounds and Mike stays to heal. Related Articles. Giancarlo Esposito On Reprising Gus Fring for Better Call Saul (and Why His First Reaction Was ‘No’) By Stacey Wilson Hunt Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo “Gus” Fring on Better Call Saul. Hector meets with Mike himself on behalf of his nephew. Copyright © 2010-2020 AMC Network Entertainment LLC. The allegations get worse when Tuco's illegal gun was found on the crime scene. When Gus returns home, he and Nacho preserve Nacho's role as the mole in the Salamanca organization by destroying Gus's restaurant. Related: Hector Salamanca’s Breaking Bad Backstory (Revealed In Better Call Saul) After the bomb detonated in Hector's nursing home, Gus walked out of room seemingly unharmed. [12], Jimmy drives to a remote desert location to pick up the bail money from The Cousins. Fans have been speculating for a while about his return, with some literal genius putting together the first letters of the episodes from season two of Better Call Saul and finding that they spell FRINGSBACK : Nacho falsely identifies the Espinosas to the Cousins, who massacre the Espinosas to recover the "stolen" drugs before returning to Mexico to avoid the authorities. Close to the end of episode S5E4 of Better Call Saul Lyle, an assistant manager, is closing the restaurant after a shift and saying bye to the workers of Los Pollos Hermanos. 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