With just six episodes remaining in the final season of AMC’s Better Caul Saul, Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Gus Fring in the Breaking Bad universe, teased a possible spin-off centered around his character during a recent appearance on the Late Show With James Corden.
“It’s over. It’s going to be over,” Esposito said at the 5:05 mark of the above clip, before revealing that series creator Vince Gilligan might be ready to explore his character’s origin story in a potential spin-off.
“Vince Gilligan said to me, ‘It is not over until it’s over,” he added. “Is that a clue? For me, I think it may be a clue because as an actor I take that [to mean] ‘There could be something else.’”
Esposito added, “In my brain, there is another show...called ‘The Rise of Gus.’”
It isn’t the first time Esposito has discussed a potential spin-off. Back in April, the actor hinted at the possibility in an interview with Insider from earlier this year.
“The last days [on set of Better Call Saul], I’m tearing up and looking over my shoulder and I hear Vince say, ‘You never know,’” Esposito said of the possibility of Fring headlining his own spin-off series. “And so, I’ve always wanted, and felt like, there’s room for material for the rise of Gus. I feel like it’d be interesting to know where he came from.”
Although Breaking Bad did somewhat explore Fring’s origin story, Esposito thinks there’s room to dig even deeper into the character. “I feel like he came from a really wealthy family, had the opportunity to run, not only the family, but government in another country,” he told Insider. “He had that kind of brain, that charisma, that stature, and he traded it in because he wanted to be his own man. There’s something fascinating to me about that.”
Check out Giancarlo Esposito’s Late Show With James Corden interview up top.