They approached don Eladio Vuente, the leader of the cartel, with an offer to expand their drug trade with cartel help, which Eladio declines because the cartel prefers to continue distributing cocaine. Gustavo Fring is a fictional character from the television series Breaking Bad and its prequel Better Call Saul, portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito. The boy and the dealers then flee the scene as Combo bleeds to death. Little is known about Gus' past, except that he was supposed to have originally come from Chile. Gus Fring, fast food franchise owner, is a character that Gus performs on the stages that are his Los Pollos Hermanos restaurants. Lalo follows Mike, kills Fred the money wire clerk to obtain the information Mike discovered, then calls resorts until he finds Werner. ; Badass Longcoat: Esteban Mendez 15,779 views. Walt maintains that he can trust Jesse and assures him that he can move the thirty-right pounds of meth at a moment's notice. [29], Fictional character in the television drama series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. “I don’t think we’re alike at all, Mr. White.” Season Two, Episode 11: “Mandala” The marathons will take fans back in time to see the best of Saul Goodman and Gus Fring. The resulting explosion kills Hector and Tyrus immediately. He owned and operated the Los Pollos Hermanos chicken franchise. MandaLa Walt demands a second chance, but according to Saul, "with this particular individual, all you get is the one shot." Jesse is apprehensive, but the offer is a ruse. Meanings of the title names of every episode, https://breakingbad.fandom.com/wiki/Mandala?oldid=109727, This episode marks the first appearance of drug kingpin. Later that day, Jesse asks Jane to leave his apartment; he feels responsible for Combo's death and needs to smoke some crystal, but doesn't want her to risk a relapse. Gus has a mysterious background; "Gustavo Fring" is established as an alias, as neither the DEA nor Gus' enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut can find any records about him prior to his arrival in Mexico. Gus offers to continue paying Mike during the delay, but Mike declines out of frustration over Gus's seeming lack of compassion for Werner. When Lalo goes to investigate, Nacho opens the gate and flees. With Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris. First appearance: Breaking Bad: "Mandala" (2009) Better Call Saul: "Witness" (2017) Last appearance: Breaking Bad: "Face Off" (2011) Created by: Vince Gilligan George Mastras: Portrayed by: Giancarlo Esposito: However, Walt stays, hoping the businessman will show. “I don’t think we’re alike at all, Mr. White.” Directed by Adam Bernstein. Walt initially refuses, but Gus eventually convinces Walt that he should cook for his family's financial security. Many facets of Saul’s personality shine in this episode, where he plays trusted adviser, slick attorney, and problem solver. While there, he discovers that Walt has lung cancer and that his brother-in-law, Hank Schrader, is a DEA agent. Aaron Paul recalls that his hands were shaking and nervous because he hadn't prepared heroin in a long time, On the set they had Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon" playing in the background, however it was changed to "Enchanted" by The Platters in the final cut, Walt's act of breaking down Jesse's back door with a flower pot was similar to his later failed attempt to break. He's been dealing for a while and lives a modest life, drives an average car etc. "[27], AMC released a series of ten short videos on YouTube and their social media accounts during season three as Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training with Gus Fring, combining live-action shots featuring Esposito as Gus along with animated segments, presented as employee training videos for Gus's Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant workers. In "Hermanos", Eladio says that when he ordered Max killed, he spared Gus because of his unstated but apparently powerful connection to Chile. During the party at Eladio's house to celebrate their rapprochement, Gus tricks Eladio and most of the other cartel leaders into drinking from a poisoned bottle of tequila. Some critics have compared Gus to Barack Obama, with the character's deliberate juxtaposition as a Black person to be an allegory to white America's alleged dissatisfaction with the Obama administration. Walt rushes to Jesse's backyard and breaks down his back door with a flower pot. Hector refuses to acknowledge Gus as Gus prepares to kill him with a lethal injection. It was written by George Mastras and directed by Adam Bernstein. Walt and Jesse's little empire begins to crumble. Meanwhile, Jesse returns to his messy apartment, where Jane has relapsed. Episode Meanwhile, at Jesse's apartment, Skinny Pete bemoans Jesse's mandate to expand their territory and wants out of Walt's meth business, saying that they have lost their street cred now that everyone knows Jesse didn't actually kill Spooge. Walt says that he understands Gus's cautiousness, and feels that he deserves a second chance. I suppose it's inevitable that we'd have a merely good episode at some point. Breaking Bad''s Walter White and Jesse Pinkman literally didn't know who they were dealing with the first time they met Gustavo Fring. [4] He also left it ambiguous as to whether Gus and Max were lovers, but stated "I personally think Max was more than just a friend to Gus. He later attempts to pay Mike, but Mike refuses the money. The first image of the episode is a bicycle wheel of a child (foreshadows Drew Sharpe) at the triangle where Combo gets capped and where Walt first kills as Heisenberg in 312 Half Measures. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. Gus anonymously warns Hank about the pending attack, enabling Hank to kill Marco and critically injure Leonel, despite becoming nearly paralyzed from the waist down. As he starts his return trip, he is cut off by several gunmen who take the money and prepare to kill him. He owned a chicken franchise called Los Pollos Hermanos that was originally "Mandala" means "Circle" in Sanskrit, which is a reference to the Buddhist teaching of "wheel of life", as the episode starts with the death of Combo and ends with Skyler going into labor. Badass in a Nice Suit: He's always sharply dressed and takes care to make himself presentable. The manager on duty tells Walt that the man he mistook for the manager is actually the owner, Gustavo Fring. While Los Pollos Hermanos is a legitimate business, it serves as a front for Gus to distribute cocaine for a Mexican cartel, with Madrigal executives Peter Schuler and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle his co-conspirators in the drug business. First appearance: Breaking Bad: "Mandala" (2009) Better Call Saul: "Witness" (2017) Last appearance: Breaking Bad: "Face Off" (2011) Better Call Saul: "Something Unforgivable" (2020) Created by: Vince Gilligan George Mastras: Information; Type: Restaurant: Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States: In-universe history. The manager feigns ignorance when Walt reveals his suspicions, but Walt persists. Mike dies in Breaking Bad: Say My Name (2012), and Jack Welker first appears in the next episode. In honor of Gus’ upcoming appearance in Better Call Saul, here are Paste’s 10 best Gus Fring moments in Breaking Bad. When Walter White seeks a buyer for his high-quality meth, Saul Goodman arranges a meeting with the unknown purchaser. •December 27: Holly White is born and Walt makes his first deal with Gus Fring (“Mandala,” “Phoenix”). He employs a number of enforcers and has personally killed rivals and associates.[1]. Some, such as Gus Fring’s stoic henchman Tyrus, have been given more dimension in the spinoff series, helping to lay the groundwork for what would become a conquering criminal enterprise. Bretts, Bruce; Roush, Matt; (March 25, 2013). "Mandala" is the eleventh episode of the second season of Breaking Bad and the eighteenth episode altogether. Gus appears uninjured as he calmly walks out of the room and adjusts his tie, but the camera slowly tracks around him to reveal that the explosion has torn off the right side of his face. In the Better Call Saul episode "Magic Man", Lalo Salamanca refers to a mysterious incident involving Gus which took place in Santiago. Gus works with Mike to plan construction of an underground meth "superlab" under an industrial laundry he owns, using a design provided by chemist Gale Boetticher. [3] As mentioned in the Better Call Saul episode "JMM", Gus and Peter, the CEO of Madrigal Electromotive, had a shared experience in Santiago that Gus reminds Peter of to calm him when Peter panics over Lalo's attacks on Gus' business. The ma… " Mandala " is the eleventh episode of the second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad. Considering his life at risk, Walt attempts to kill Gus with a pipe bomb attached to his car, but Gus senses something amiss and walks away from the vehicle. The character Gustavo Fring is named after the former German international footballer Torsten Frings. Gustavo to Jesse over his plan to murder his two dealers. 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