‘Better Call Saul’: Does This Los Pollos Hermanos ‘Ad’ Herald the Return of Gus Fring?

On its face, the video above is just an ad for a chain restaurant. Los Pollos Hermanos promises the spiciest chicken and curly fries you’ll love — or owner Gus Fring will give you your money back.

Wait, Gus Fring? The drug lord from “Breaking Bad”? Yes, it appears the 30-second spot is a stealth promo for the upcoming season of AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” and the appearance of Giancarlo Esposito’s ice-cold kingpin at the end is the clearest indication yet that the arc of Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill may just collide with Gustavo Fring’s in the new batch of episodes.

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Season 2 finished with Jimmy coming clean to his brother Chuck (Michael J. McKean) about messing with his case files, but also hinted at Fring’s entrance into the “Saul” world, with a menacing note left for Mike Ehrmantraut warning against retaliation toward Fring’s partner Hector Salamanca.

“Better Call Saul” Season 3 will hit screens sometime in the next couple months, though AMC hasn’t revealed an exact airdate. While the “Breaking Bad” spinoff saw the same ratings erosion as other AMC and cable series last year, it was still the sixth-highest-rated drama on ad-supported cable.

You can watch the Los Pollos Hermanos spot above or on YouTube.

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  1. “The appearance of Giancarlo Esposito’s ice-cold kingpin at the end is the clearest indication yet that the arc of Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill may just collide with Gustavo Fring’s in the new batch of episodes.”

    Incorrect. Saul and Gus never had a relationship during or before Breaking Bad. Gus is there to serve Mike’s storyline on Better Call Saul.

    On Breaking Bad, Saul eventually learned Gus’ identity since Walt and Gus went into business together, but the two never interacted at that point, either. Gus was too careful to risk any direct association with someone like Saul Goodman. That’s why he had Mike do his bidding for him.

    • Mike M says:

      Brian, while everything you say about Saul’s (non)interactions with Gus in Breaking Bad are totally correct, did we ever have absolute PROOF that Jimmy did not know who Gustavo Fring was? We totally know that he did not know Fring was who Walt was working for or with until later, but perhaps there is a possibility that before Walt there actually was a connection between Jimmy and Fring?

      It just strikes me as about to become very tricky, screen-time/story -wise, for only Mike to be interacting with early Gus. Quite possible, but doesn’t somehow feel right. Either way, we can be totally sure that Gilligan and Gould will utterly ace all the continuity to perfection – I’m just picking there could be a WTF surprise or two to come.

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