If you watched Breaking Bad then you will know that Giancarlo Esposito played one of the most iconic villains in the history of television, well at least next to the “protagonist”. If you have never seen the show, stop what you are watching immediately and go to Netflix right away, as this is my FAVORITE TV series of all time. In fact, I liked Breaking Bad better than The Wire, and that says a lot. A few years ago, AMC started up a prequel of sorts when it went into the history of the flamboyant crack lawyer, Saul Goodman, with the show Better Call Saul.
To date, outside of the main cast, the most well known character returning from Breaking Bad has been the insane killer Tuco, and fans have speculated that another major character’s arrival is imminent. It turns out they were right as Esposito, who plays Gustavo Fring, will be returning from Breaking Bad to make an appearance on Better Call Saul.
In Breaking Bad, Gustavo (or Gus) ran the largest methamphetamine ring in the southwest, having his own distribution system, sales, and cook lab that only he controlled. This was all operated from a chain of restaurants called Los Pollos Hermanos, which was backed by a gigantic German conglomerate, Madrigal. He lived incognito, drove a downtrodden vehicle (volvo I think… someone correct me), and would have never been busted had Walter (Bryan Cranston) not helped him transform into the super-villain Two Face.
Today we were given a surprise teaser for the third season of Better Call Saul which both shows the iconic restaurant from Breaking Bad, and the “Chicken King” himself:
Better Call Saul stars Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill (Saul’s original name), Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (returning from Breaking Bad), Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Michael McKean as Jimmy’s brother Chuck McGill, and Michael Mando as Nacho Varga. Mando is becoming one of my favorite actors, and we still wonder just who he will play in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
If I had my way, Esposito will be the main antagonist for season 3, and watching him and Mike form a relationship would be greatness. Fring is a cold blooded, dead-fish faced killer, and this could be a story arc that could propel Better Call Saul to a top tier show. Episode 3.1 is slated to air in April, and I for one can not wait!
Is anyone here a huge Breaking Bad fan like I am? Has Better Call Saul done the original show justice? Who will Mando play in Spider-Man: Homecoming?