Giancarlo Esposito wants to do a Grus Fring prequel series

Better Call Saul star Giancarlo Esposito is more than willing to reprise his role as Gus Fring in a spin-off show exploring the iconic character's backstory.


Giancarlo Esposito's Gus Fring is as iconic as he is enigmatic. Before Better Call Saul aired, fans knew very little about the owner of Los Pollos Hermanos save that he was from Chile and pulling the strings behind Albuquerque's drug trade. The Bob Odenkirk-led spin-off helped shed more light on his character, but Fring remains as much of a mystery if not even more so.

Giancarlo Esposito's willingness to dive into Gus Fring's past is a ringing endorsement for Breaking Bad's creators to give things another go.

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With Better Call Saul about to wrap things up in its sixth season, fans are busy talking about where the Breaking Bad franchise will go next.

If you ask Esposito though, he's very willing to come back as Gus Fring in a prequel.

Esposito revealed in a recent interview with Insider that "there's room for material for the rise of Gus." The Mandalorian actor explained that he feels a spin-off exploring his origins would draw audiences, speculating that he feels like Fring "came from a really wealthy family, had the opportunity to run, not only the family but government in another country." Esposito added that he is fascinated that Gus traded everything he had and could have had "because he wanted to be his own man."

Series creator Vince Gilligan hasn't talked about his future plans for Breaking Bad, but we are sure that he's got his eyes on a Gus Fring spin-off. Similar to Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill, who later adopted the name, Saul Goodman, Breaking Bad only hinted at the story of Fring but never really talked about it.

As we've already mentioned, the only thing that we know for sure about Fring is that he had a notorious reputation in Chile that followed him in his move to New Mexico. Better Call Saul introduced Fring's partner, James Martinez's Max, to help flesh out the drug kingpin's motivation for opposing Eladio Vuente's drug cartel. A Gus Fring spin-off could revolve around what kind of life Fring had in the past and why he left all of it behind, as well as what kind of relationship he had with Max.

Gilligan helped birth two of the greatest shows to ever air, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. However, Breaking Bad's compelling characters still have a lot of stories to tell. If Esposito is on board to return as Fring, what's stopping Gilligan from coming up with another brilliant series?

Giancarlo Esposito's role in Far Cry 6 provides a good template of where a Gus Fring spin-off could go.

Better Call Saul's two-part final season will end later this year with the first episode of each half premiering on April 18 and July 11, respectively.

Ray Ampoloquio
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