- Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Giancarlo Esposito addresses theories about Gus Fring’s sexuality.
- Esposito mentions that there are clues about Gus’ personal life “in either direction.”
- Esposito suggests that Gus’ relationship with Max Arsiniega could hint at his bisexuality.
The biggest Gus Fring theory gets addressed by Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul star Giancarlo Esposito. It doesn’t take long for Fring to become one of the most memorable villains in television history, with Breaking Bad focusing on Fring’s menace and ability to cultivate a sense of calculated chaos. The character returns in Better Call Saul, and the prequel spinoff takes the time to interrogate the aura that Fring has built up to explore his fallibility and the life he might’ve left behind to become a crime boss.
As part of a MegaCon panel in Orlando, Florida, Esposito spoke to Collider about a theory regarding Gus’ sexuality and whether the character might be closeted. The actor gives a thoughtful response, specifically mentioning the importance of Gus’ business partner Max Arsiniega (James Martinez), and the fact that the two could have been in a secret relationship. In the quote below, Esposito says there are clues about Gus’ personal life “in either direction.”
There were a couple of hints in either direction. What does being straight really mean? If you remember back when I was cooking for [Walter White], I was cooking dinner, there was a shot of a wall and, and in fact, my children were on that wall in those photographs, which kind of insinuated that maybe he had a family, maybe he was married. So maybe…it went both ways. But there is a clue, and you have to look for it.
If you go back to Max Arsiniega around the pool, if you go back to his relationship to Max, [it’s possible to] start to maybe piece that together and have a feeling that oh, maybe that was really [a hint at his bisexuality]. Maybe that could be true.
Why Gus’ Life Shouldn’t Be Explored In A Breaking Bad Prequel
Esposito has mentioned some details about wanting to star in a Breaking Bad prequel about Gus. According to the actor, who will next star in the AMC series Parish, the idea could have been to explore how Gus came from the world of order. It would have seen Gus as a military man and examined how that shaped his life and helped mold him into the person he would become later in life.
Even though Better Call Saul co-creator Peter Gould has mentioned that along with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, there are ideas to continue the acclaimed franchise. One of those ideas could be a Gus prequel, which would fill in some of the story gaps about the mysterious character. But as the creators have correctly cautioned in several interviews, it may be better not to revisit Breaking Bad and just leave it with the strong farewell of Better Call Saul season 6.
10 Reasons Better Call Saul Was The Perfect TV Spinoff
Better Call Saul was not particularly necessary to the Breaking Bad universe, yet the show quickly solidified itself as a perfect TV spinoff.
Gilligan and Gould are right to consistently maintain that it may be better to leave the worlds of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad on a high note. Both the original series and its spinoff are considered among the best dramas of the last several decades and perhaps of all time. There’s a compelling argument that it may not be worth muddling such an impressive legacy, and that it’s perfectly fine if Gus’ backstory and romantic history aren’t spelled out further.
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are available to stream on Netflix.
- Release Date
- January 20, 2008
- Dean Norris , Bob Odenkirk , Aaron Paul , RJ Mitte , Anna Gunn , Giancarlo Esposito , Betsy Brandt , Bryan Cranston , Jonathan Banks
- Peter Gould , Gennifer Hutchison , Vince Gilligan , George Mastras , Moira Walley-Beckett , Sam Catlin , Thomas Schnauz
- Breaking Bad
- Vince Gilligan , michelle maclaren
- Vince Gilligan