Giancarlo Esposito will be back for one more go as Gus Fring in the sixth and final season of Better Call Saul, but the actor has an idea for how to continue the chicken-hocking drug lord's story in another Breaking Bad prequel. Speaking about the iconic role in a recent interview with Esquire, Esposito opened up about his idea for a prequel called The Rise of Gus that would fill in the blanks of the character's mysterious backstory.
"I have this whole storyline in the back of my head that he came from political royalty," Giancarlo Esposito explains. "I feel like Gus came from the world of order. And that his order came. He was a military man. Out of the military, he gained the ability to observe. You can't lead unless you can follow..."
He adds, "In my brain, he was high up in a military government. He could have stayed there and ran the country. It was handed to him. But he chose a different path to be his own man and to find his own power, regardless of what he was handed. This is what he chose."
The obvious difficulty in producing another prequel set in the Breaking Bad universe is that the cast isn't getting any younger. If we're being honest, many of the returning cast members in Better Call Saul are visibly much older than they were in Breaking Bad. Going back even further in time as the cast continues to age might start to feel a bit too much like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Of course, the option is always there to go animated or to use modern de-aging technology to get around this problem.
Esposito first began playing Gus Fring in the second season of Breaking Bad, established as a criminal kingpin who hides in plain sight as the owner of a locally-owned fried chicken restaurant chain. Although the character met a grisly demise, Esposito returned to be featured prominently in Better Call Saul, which is set years before the events of Breaking Bad. Along with Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, many other stars of the original series have appeared to reprise their roles, including Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut, Dean Norris as Hank Schrader, Lavell Crawford as Huell Babineaux, and Mark Margolis as Hector Salamanca.
In any case, there's still plenty more of Gus for fans of the character to enjoy before Better Call Saul bows out with season 6. Esposito says that the producers have told him he'll have "a lot to do" when shooting begins. Filming on the final season will start as early as March, so hopefully, we'll be seeing some new episodes by the end of 2021.
Meanwhile, Esposito fans can also check him out in other acclaimed roles in popular shows. He plays Stan Edgar on the superhero satire series The Boys on Amazon Prime Video and the villainous Moff Gideon on the Star Wars series The Mandalorian on Disney+. You can read the rest of Esposito's interview in full at Esquire.