Gustavo "Gus" Fring is a respected business owner whose legitimate operations include the fast food chicken restaurants Los Pollos Hermanos. Gus is also a drug kingpin, distributing Walt's blue meth throughout the Southwest. Gus initially resists overtures from Walt, calling him unprofessional for partnering with Jesse – a junkie. Assured by Gale Boetticher -- the chemist who assembles Gus's superlab -- that Walt's meth is extremely pure, Gus reconsiders and hires Walt. Meanwhile, two Cartel killers, the Cousins, travel from Mexico to murder Walt to avenge the death of Tuco, his previous distributor. Gus instead steers them toward DEA Agent Hank Schrader but also tips off Hank about the attack. Walt and Gus's relationship deteriorates after Walt kills two of Gus's dealers to protect Jesse, who in turn kills Gale, the only other person who knows Walt's formula, so that Gus will need Walt to cook. Following the Cousins' botched hit, Gus cuts the Cartel out of the Southwest meth operation. The Cartel retaliates by hijacking Gus's delivery trucks and killing one of his men. Gus appears to acquiesce to the Cartel profit-sharing demands, but in Mexico he poisons the Cartel's leader, Don Eladio, and several capos. The killings avenge the death twenty years earlier of Gus's beloved friend and first meth partner, Max Arciniega, at the hands of Tio Salamanca, Tuco's uncle. Gus frequently visits the now ailing Tio in a nursing home to intimidate him. Returning from Mexico, Gus shows Tio proof that Don Eladio is dead and gloats that Jesse killed Tio's grandson, ending the Salamanca family line. Tio's rage at Gus burns so deeply that he agrees to let Walt strap an explosive device to Tio's wheelchair. After luring Gus to the nursing home, Tio detonates the bomb, killing himself and Gus.
Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans over several decades. Esposito has appeared in notable films such as Rabbit Hole, The Usual Suspects, Smoke and The Last Holiday. His performances in Spike Lee's films Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, School Daze and Malcolm X are among his most memorable. Esposito's other film credits include outstanding performances in SherryBaby, Ali, Nothing to Lose, Waiting to Exhale, Bob Roberts, King of New York and Cotton Club. In 1995, Esposito was recognized for his incredible work in Fresh with a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2007 through his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film Gospel Hill. He also co-starred with Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson. Quiet Hand Productions aspires to make "conscious content" films that focus on the inspirational. The company currently has four other projects in development, in which Esposito plans to direct, produce and co-star. One of these projects, This is Your Death, is an unflinching look at reality TV. Esposito's many television credits include Homicide: Life on The Streets, Law and Order, Touched by an Angel and Kidnapped. He is also very well-known to theatre goers for his award-winning work on stage. He has won two Obie Awards for Zooman and the Sign at the Negro Ensemble Company and Distant Fires at The Atlantic Theatre Company, where he continues to perform and teach as a company member. His long list of Broadway credits includes Sacrilege, Seesaw, Merrily We Roll Along and Lost in the Stars, to name a few. Most recently, he co-starred on Broadway with James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad in Debbie Allen¹s rendition of the great classic Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Esposito is a yoga enthusiast and spends his free time riding his motorcycle and practicing the saxophone. He is also a proud board member of the Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment. He also lends his support to other various organizations that support the arts and education. Read an interview with Giancarlo Esposito for Season 2 » Read an interview with Giancarlo Esposito for Season 3 » Read an interview with Giancarlo Esposito for Season 4 »