BETTER CALL SAUL Star Giancarlo Esposito Explains Gus' Situation With Nacho
If you're watching Better Call Saul this season, you're probably confused as to what's going on with the whole Gus Fring and Nacho situation. Gus frequently butted heads with Hector Salamanca in Season 2, so you'd think when he found out Nacho was behind switching out Salamanca's medication which resulted in his stroke, he'd want to thank and team up with Nacho in order to help his operation grow to the strength we see in Breaking Bad.
Unfortunately for Nacho, that hasn't happened, and now he's in an arguably worse situation than he was before. Gus actor Giancarlo Esposito recently explained to CinemaBlend why Gus is keeping the pressure on the young criminal, and why he's unwilling to take Nacho under his wing so readily:
You'd think he would. Nacho would be a prime candidate for Gus to take under his wing. But Gus realizes the intentions of Nacho are not in line with is. He certainly is trying to protect his father. He certainly is very afraid of Hector Salamanca, and wants to be able to protect his family, but I don't think that Gus would ever feel that Nacho could work for him. Because Nacho doesn't have the discipline that Gus would require of him. But we are in a position now where Gus can own him because of his actions. You know, Gus doesn't miss anything. He has eyes and ears everywhere, and Nacho takes that for granted, and that is an unfortunate slip, and a flaw in his personality.
It makes sense. Why would Gus try to collaborate with someone of lesser status, when he can simply threaten him and not have to give up anything he stands to gain from this arrangement? While I feel for Nacho, I gotta respect Fring's hustle. Also, I once again have to tip my hat to Vince Gilligan and crew, who are remarkably consistent in making sure their characters are always consistently acting within their character's personalities!
Better Call Saul is on AMC Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET.