It's perhaps difficult to determine who was the most complex character in reminiscing on the television phenomenon that was Breaking Bad.
Some were more transparently complex, while others were mysteriously sincere. Even the slightest detail about them felt like it might be a breakthrough, reducing the distance between character and audience.
Gustavo Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito, is surely a great example of one of these characters.
Better Call Saul's stunning wine scene has returned to his iconic role in the spin-off and prequel season 6 and he remains a key figure on the show throughout season 6.
BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 6 EPISODE 9 SPOILERS ***WARNING: BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 6 EPISODE 9 SPOILERS***
Better Call Saul explores the wine scene in the film.
Gus leaves his house and sits down at a restaurant bar. The waiter greets him by name, implying that he is a regular at this particular location.
After asking for a glass of wine, he settles in for a quiet night before being interrupted by a wine expert named David (played by Reed Diamond).
Mr Fring, it's so nice to see you, he smiles. It's been a while. With everything that has happened with Lalo, it's likely this has gotten in the way of his private life; his absence has been long enough for staff to notice.
Gus admits that his conversation has lasted too long. On Davids arrival, Gus' mood changes for the better, and their conversation leads to a more expensive glass of wine, which Gus describes as remarkable. The chat arguably gives way to more flirty behavior, but more on that in a moment.
The way the camera stays on Gus deep in thought perfectly captures a eureka moment on Gus. Although not explicitly stated, it is heavily implied that this is the moment he realizes that drugging a bottle of Don Eladios tequila would be the ideal assassination plan.
The wine scene in #BetterCallSaul is wonderful. It demonstrates: his intention to poison the cartel with alcohol, his struggle to recover into routine after the Lalo threat had ended his sexuality once more, and his inability to move on from Max pic.twitter.com/NvtPOoxyxi.
The veil of Gus sexuality is beginning to sag.
Gus's behavior around David, according to one of the wine scene's key takeaways, suggests he's gay.
This is a well-known theory in the Breaking Bad community. Max was once a partner in business and crime, and episode 9 hints back to their friendship.
Gus approaches Don Eladio at his house looking at the spot in the pool where we know Max was murdered by Don Eladio. He then goes to the restaurant and his manner with David seems to suggest that this scene be linked to Max's relationship with the writer.
It's quite possible that the wine reminded him of Max's blood, and the decision to poison Don Eladio reinforced that there was work to be done immediately. Gus is an efficient guy, so it's no surprise he didn't come back to enjoy the evening.
It's neither black nor white.
Giancarlo Esposito was asked if Gus and Max were dating during a TIME interview:
I think it's enacted in a rather subtle manner, but it's just like men from Europe who walk down the street who are really close, and really close to each other, holding hands. It's a real reflection on where we are socially in our world here in the United States.
Again, this is not a black nor white affair. Could it be? Possibly. It could very possibly be, and I love the fact that it is left in this manner, as it is up to you as an audience to decide whether or not they may have been lovers.
Giancarlo asserts that his answer isn't a stamped yes or no, which he considers to be wonderful.