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Breaking Bad: Gus Fring’s Mexican Vendetta in “Salud”

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, Episode 4.10, "Salud". I compiled three subsequent shots that panned up from Gus's shoes to his torso to make this image.

Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad, Episode 4.10, “Salud”. This is not a shot from the finished episode; I grabbed screenshots as the camera panned up from his shoes to his torso, then compiled them together. I’m not a photo editor by any means, but I’m still pretty impressed by the result.

This week saw the return of Breaking Bad on AMC, one of the greatest shows on television today (and ever). Since not everyone has caught up (hurry up, people!), I must warn that there are some spoilers in this post.


Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo “Gus” Fring, Chilean-born meth distributor and fried chicken entreprenuer

Michoacán, Mexico, July 2010


As an astute commenter on this blog once noted, Giancarlo Esposito’s character of Gus Fring was a “man of refined style” and was worthy of inclusion here. (Thanks, Roman!) After finishing Gus’s arc, I couldn’t agree more!

Though not one of the lead characters, two-season antagonist Gustavo “Gus” Fring made an impression on viewers as an affable and charming villain with a sharp sense of style (unless wearing his Los Pollos Hermanos uniform). As the all-knowing yin to Walter White’s yang, Fring was always two steps ahead with, at least until the end, no apparent Achilles heel.

Fring’s shining moment of glory is in “Salud”, the tenth episode of the fourth season. In the episode, Fring travels with apprentice-turned-master-chemist Jesse Pinkman and loyal henchman Mike to Mexico to meet with the cartel about a meth deal. Jesse is oblivious, but Mike and Gus have a dangerous plan hatched. Continue reading