The last time the world saw Gus Fring, he was really only partially with us. You know, with one eye toward the future, and the other blown off somewhere.
Giancarlo Esposito earned his lone Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Fring in AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad in 2012, and now for the first time in six years, the Danish-born actor is set to reprise his role as Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant chain king (and drug lord) Gus Fring when the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul returns in April.
The announcement came over the weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour, according to The Hollywood Reporter, when the chicken was let out of the bag early on when Esposito himself delivered Los Pollos Hermanos food to reporters.
Esposito appeared in 26 episodes of Breaking Bad between 2009 and 2011, getting his due in the aptly name episode “Face Off,” which served as the series’ fourth season finale.
Since then, Esposito has appeared in a number of short-lived television series including NBC’s Revolution and Allegiance, while also having a recurring role in ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
The actor also plays Pastor Ramon Cruz in the Netflix series The Get Down, and Charles in the upcoming BET series Rebel. Esposito also is set to reprise is role as Jorge in the Maze Runner film series.
Better Call Saul co-creator Vince Gilligan wouldn’t say how many episodes Esposito signed for of the show’s third season, but a commercial that features the actor as the owner of Los Pollos Hermanos has been circulating around the Internet.
Better Call Saul serve as a prequel to Breaking Bad featuring lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, who in this time period was known by his real name, Jimmy McGill.
The series has brought in a number of characters already from Breaking Bad, especially Fring’s former (or should we say future) muscle Ehrmantraut, played by Jonathan Banks. Also making the jump are Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca, and Raymond Cruz as his strung-out nephew, Tuco Salamanca.
Gilligan admits that the first two seasons of the show could be difficult as a writer, because no matter what is being built in Better Call Saul, it must eventually bridge to the characters we know and love in Breaking Bad.
“It’s a very interesting show that I think, quite frankly, we thought would be easier to write when we started.”
How will it continue? Fans will get their first look when the third season of Better Call Saul comes to AMC on April 10.
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