When we love a series, we can hardly hold ourselves from binge-watching the show. If you are just like me, you might suffer from post-series depression after finishing the series.
To come out of it, we demolish Reddit forums with our searches and finally immerse ourselves in some wacky fan theories. There are two kinds of people: casual watchers and people who get into every nitty-gritty detail of the show and character – and if you fall into the latter, you are in the right place.
We love to pick apart and scrutinize our favorite shows and cook weirdly alluring fan theories.
Breaking Bad characters left an indelible impression on us, and so did Better Call Saul; many characters stand out, and one of those characters that we just can’t seem to get enough of is – Gustavo “Gus” Fring.
While Fring was the main antagonist of “Breaking Bad” for a couple of seasons, the prequel series “Better Call Saul” casts him as the protagonist, tracing the development of his empire and his covert scheme to get revenge on the Salamanca criminal family.
On the surface, he appears to be a gentle and unassuming businessman who runs Los Pollos Hermanos fast-food restaurant chain, but beneath his polite facade lies an ambitious mastermind with a criminal empire that stretches across several countries. His smarts and cunning have earned him respect amongst allies and rivals alike.
It’s clear why he has become an icon among television viewers; his subtle transformation from a harmless entrepreneur into a bloodthirsty kingpin shows how captivating this character can be!
Is Gus A Nice Guy?
A drug lord who uses a fried chicken chain as a front to distribute methamphetamine and a lab to manufacture the drugs run under a laundry facility, can a guy who serves fried chicken not be nice? And that’s not all; he is known to look after his employees; he brings in immigrants from Honduras for a better life; he is in good graces with the DEA – screams good guy all over, doesn’t it?
If only it were that simple.
Good guy or bad guy, you got to give it to him; Gus is a helluva businessman. He is a businessman who would go to the extreme extent to keep his business going, even if it means murdering and slashing practically anyone. So, no, he really isn’t a “nice guy.”
Gus is a master manipulator with a saint-like attitude. And someone who threatened to kill the infant daughter does speak to what lengths Gus can go to protect his own interest, making him someone with who you always want to be in good graces.
Is Gustavo Fring Actually Gay?
It’s either hit or miss with fan theories and speculation, and Gus Fring’s sexuality became a subject of speculation since Breaking Bad. Gus Fring’s sexual orientation was one of the many things about which there was speculation.
Gus seemed like a bland man on the outside, a man who ran a fast-food chain and lived a life as a drug lord; he was always aloof, with no friends or family. Were there hints dropped that he was actually homosexual?
Now, let’s analyze a few of these hints.
Gus was enraged by the cartel for killing his business partner Max Arciniega for years, and his zeal for exacting revenge was not merely motivated by a desire for vengeance – it was more than that. Hector and Lalo constantly joked and made homophobic slurs about Gus and him being gay. And more than anything, Gus has never shown interest in women throughout the seasons.
After persuading longtime foe Don Eladio that he had nothing to do with Lalo Salamanca’s death, Fring engages in some subtle flirtation with a waiter at the bar. And this was all the confirmation the fans needed and were long waiting for.
Who Was Gus Fring’s Lover?
The sexual orientation of meth kingpin and Los Pollos Hermanos magnate Gus Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito, has long been the subject of rumors among fans of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad.
Co-creator Peter Gould has revealed Gus’ sexuality and explained how a romantic relationship shaped his personality as Saul nears its conclusion.
In a podcast, Gould explained the background to Gus’ blatantly flirtatious meeting with a waiter in Better Call Saul’s Season 6, Episode 9, Fun and Games. Gould adds, “Gus is holding onto his rage, his desire for revenge, and maybe he’s holding onto this romance that he had, with his boyfriend Max.”
Max Arciniega is a character from Breaking Bad, whom we all remember as Gus’s friend and partner, who was later murdered. Gould further added that Max’s murder was a turning point for him, and after his murder, Gus decided to “hollow himself out” from that point forward, ensuring that “he can’t really be himself with another person.”
Did Gus Have A Wife?
Gus runs his massive drug empire with machiavellian ruthlessness, maintaining frigid control over the entire enterprise. There is little we know about Gus’s past, and the thing that remained unanswered was whether he was married.
However, we get a little detail into this in season three of Breaking Bad, in the episode “Abiquiu,” where Gus brings Walt over for dinner. While Walter is at Gus’s home, Walter notices children’s toys on the floor at Gus’ home; Gus later mentions his kids. That is the only information about Gus’s family that is ever given to us, the viewers.
Gus is a stoic person and a manipulator, and that is what we see happening in this episode of Breaking Bad. There’s a good chance the toys were planted by Gus himself to make him look like a family man and to put Walter at ease or even lower his guard because he, too, is a family man. We never see Gus mentioning his family or kid again in later episodes, so it was all just a ruse.
Was Gus Flirting With David?
The ninth episode of Better Call Saul season six, titled “Fun and Games,” finally gave the viewers some much-needed disclosure. It was ultimately made very clear during the episode that Gus has been gay the entire time.
The episode features an elaborate scene where Gus visits a wine bar, where he is a regular. Then an interaction sparks with one of the employees, David, and the interaction indicates it was more than just normal conversation-it was flirtatious. However, the moment is short-lived, as Gus composes himself and leaves the place.
For years, diehard Breaking Bad followers had speculated about the character’s sexual orientation; some viewers even believed it to be a fact that was previously established.
The speculation was laid to rest with the following interaction between Gus and David. The sole goal of the scene is to show Gus’s attraction to the wine connoisseur.
Are Gus and Max In Love?
The studios may have confirmed Gus’s homosexuality with the sixth episode of Better Call Saul. Still, we don’t have an official confirmation as to whether Max was indeed Gus’s romantic partner or Max’s sexual preference.
However, in reality, everything points toward the fact that they were romantic partners. Everything Gus has done till now seems like an elaborate and obsessive plan to take down “The Salamancas.”
During a meeting with the cartel, Max stands up for Gus and says, “I know Gustavo like a brother.” This statement of Max could go either way: either they were in love but never acted upon it, or they hid it from the cartel, which seems more plausible, considering how cartels are not so LGBTQ-friendly. It’s clear from Max’s strong defense in Breaking Bad’s flashback that he had the same level of affection for Gus Fring as Gus did for him.
Who Are Gus Fring’s Men?
Gus is a man of many talents and a staunch businessman, but this was only possible because of his loyal employees. Breaking Bad showed Gus’s empire already in motion, but its prequel, Better Call Saul, gives more detail about the people who helped him get there.
These loyal members of Gus’s empire not only protected his interests but also became a bunch of well-liked characters from the series. Everyone is part of an intricately well-oiled machine, from Tyrus to Mike to Lyle to Werner Ziegler.
What Was Gus Fring’s Last Words?
Breaking Bad is one such series that did not shy away from killing characters like a bunch of flies-so much so that few characters even have “kill counts.”
We have to give it to the directors: the show had many iconic deaths, and one of those deaths is that of Gus Fring. The pipe bomb explosion that murdered Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad season four episode thirteen, “Face Off,” is one of the show’s most startling and memorable scenes.
It was either Walt or Gus, and Walt knew that he had to take Gus out, and boy, did he do it in the most grotesque way possible; it also did raise some eyebrows among the viewers.
Walter devised a plan to take out Gus by using his old rival as a decoy for the pipe bomb. Gus was killed by Hector, who had a pipe bomb with him in his wheelchair, although it wasn’t a quick demise. Gus, the man he is, death was not instantaneous. He walks out of the nursing home after the detonation, seemingly unscathed by the explosion.
But once the camera pans to the right angle, we see that the explosion has burned one-half of his flesh, but Gus still manages to tie his tie before collapsing and dying. In their last interaction, Gus’s final words were, “Last chance to look at me, Hector.” Well, talk about a more badass way of dying.
We can finally lay to rest some year-long forums over the ambiguity of Gustavo’s sexuality. Now that it is clear that Gus is homosexual, how shocked are you? Or did you see this coming?
Let us know! And have a fried chicken since you stuck around till the end-you’ve earned the extra calories!