Gustavo Fring looks set to return in Better Call Saul.
When I think of the greatest TV villains of all time, I think of Joffrey from Game of Thrones, Mr Burns from The Simpsons, Plankton from SpongeBob Squarepants (don’t judge me), and Gustavo Fring, from the impeccable Breaking Bad.
When Fring departed the show at the end of season four for non-spoiler related reasons, I had mixed emotions. Part of me was ecstatic because the biggest dick of a TV villain had just met his non-spoiler related demise. But another part of me was sad. I kinda liked that biggest dick (what did I say about not judging me?). I’d never see Gustavo Fring on my screen again.
And that’s why the freshly released Better Call Saul season three promo trailer has got me so damn excited.
If you haven’t heard about or watched the show, Better Call Saul is the sequel prequel (we’re confused) to Breaking Bad, focussing on the trials and tribulations of James McGill, better known as Saul Goodman.
Set a few years before the tail of Breaking Bad begins, Better Call Saul has already successfully integrated a number of classic characters from the every award under the sun winning drug drama. In two seasons we’ve already seen the revival of Mike Ehrmantraut and nutcase Tuco Salamanca – and obviously Saul himself.
But in only its second season, the show is far from over, and a number of Breaking Bad stars are surely yet to be reborn. Last year, Bryan Cranston said he was “all in” to reprise Walter White. Aaron Paul has suggested similarly, claiming he would always be open to play Jesse Pinkman again. Bitch.
Back to the promo. The YouTube channel Los Pollos Hermanos – Fring’s fast food chain from Breaking Bad – posted a 30-second advertisement, claiming the restaurant is a place families can come to enjoy some yummy, healthy heart disease. Without the heart disease part.
At the end of the promo we see Giancarlo Esposito, the man who so brilliantly portrayed Fring in Breaking Bad.
Better Call Saul‘s second season seemed to suggest the possibility of Gus lurking in the background, waiting for the perfect time to strike. But in terms of elsewhere confirmation, all remains silent.
The YouTube snippet avoids any mention of Better Call Saul throughout the ad. But given the timing of its release, there really is only one reasonable assumption: Gus Fring will be returning to our screens in the near future.
Digital Fox may be closing down to start a detective agency. And by detective agency I mean finding our news off other websites.
The point is, we’re pumped. Gustavo’s back baby.