Not too long ago Gus killed Arturo, Nacho’s partner, so that Nacho could watch him die. More recently we watched Gus order his men to put a gun to the head of Nacho’s father. He also quietly demanded that Mike kill Werner, a negligent, but otherwise harmless man. Gus is a man of many talents, but being compassionate is not one we’re used to seeing.
So, why is it that, in the most recent episode of Better Call Saul, Gus chose to reveal something to Mike that he’s never shared with anyone? On the all-new Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, we learn that, at least in Giancarlo Espiosito’s mind, Gus has always had that softer side. And it’s due in some part to Bryan Cranston, who encouraged Esposito to bring a more human side to his character back on Breaking Bad.
“Cranston used to always accuse me of, you know, just being self-serving about these ideas and parts of this character,” Esposito reveals. ‘You’re just justifying, you’re evil,’ Cranston would say to him.
Whether it’s Cranston, Esposito, the writers, or likely all of them combined that led to us getting a glimpse into a new side of Gus, we can now see that “behind all of the veil, is a humanity about him, he does care,” Esposito says.
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