“Better Call Saul” has so far done the almost in possible in being a worthy prequel to the highly popular “Breaking Bad,” which starred Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman respectively. The prequel, which will air its third season in a few months, is adding familiar faces to the world of Saul Goodman.
Throughout its previous 20 episodes -- 10 for each season -- “Better Call Saul” has been leaving Easter eggs from “Breaking Bad,” as well as the occasional cameo from the original cast. But when creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould decided to have Gustavo “Gus” Fring, portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito, return to the set, they announced the same in a rather obvious way. A pseudo commercial was released for a fictional Albuquerque chicken chain, Los Pollos Hermanos.
“Breaking Bad” fans will remember that Gus’ Los Pollos Hermanos was the laundering front for his own crystal meth empire that rivaled Walter’s in the original series. Nevertheless, the commercial, which can be watched below, was the modest yet obvious indication that Gus will be a large part of “Better Call Saul” season 3.
As it stands, Gus already has an interesting backstory, but Den Of Geek reported that addition of the character was inevitable. Mike Ehrmantraut, played by Jonathan Banks and is one of the show’s protagonists, was the right hand man of Saul (Bob Odenkirk), who secretly worked for Gus. Gus’ return, thereby, is likely to ruffle a few feathers and make the third season all the more interesting.
Esposito almost did not make it to the set of “Better Call Saul,” as negotiations were taking quite a bit of time. It was revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour that it was unclear at one point whether or not the 58-year-old actor could join the cast. Things worked out in the end, and it was further confirmed that Gus will be part of a string of episodes instead of just making an appearance in one.
It has not been revealed what kind of issues Gus will stir up, but The Independent UK has reported that Gilligan and Gould are likely to stretch out the character. As such, Gus is likely to first be introduced as the mild-mannered fast food owner before he is revealed as the crazy character viewers watched in “Breaking Bad.”
“Better Call Saul” will debut on April 10 on US network AMC. Australian audiences can stream the season 3 episodes on Stan during the same day as its US airing. A specific time, however, has not been announced.
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