Gus Fring is a terrifying villain from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He is a business man who uses his restaurant chain as a front for his criminal activities. Portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito, he is a force to be reckoned with who can turn from calm and collected into an outpouring of violence at the drop of a hat. One of the mysteries that surrounded Gus was his sexuality. Fans had speculated that he is gay because of his close relationship with Max and the passion he displays when he executes his revenge scheme against Hector Salamanca’s cartel.
Despite dropping subtle clues throughout the series, Breaking Bad never confirmed whether or not Gus was gay. However, Better Call Saul’s season 6 episode 9, Fun and Games, finally put all of the speculation to rest. In the scene, Gus flirts with a wine bar employee named David and shows a clear romantic attraction to him. Although it is not completely evident in the scene, you can see Gus’s eyes flicker with longing as he watches David.
This small scene confirmed that Gus is gay and provided more depth to his character. It also challenged hetero-normative stereotypes and proved that being gay doesn’t make you weak. In fact, it may even make you stronger and more intimidating in a world where making drugs, running a restaurant chain, and murdering cartel members are typically male-dominated activities. Regardless, Gus’s legacy will live on as a reminder that there is room for nuance and representation in the criminal world.