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Deeper meaning of Better Call Saul’s wine scene explored

Reminiscing on the TV phenomenon that was Breaking Bad, it’s arguably difficult to determine who was the most complex character. Some were more transparently complex…

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Reminiscing on the TV phenomenon that was Breaking Bad, it’s arguably difficult to determine who was the most complex character.

Some were more transparently complex whereas others were incredibly mysterious and sincere. Just the slightest bit of information about them felt like it may constitute a breakthrough, narrowing the distance between character and audience.

One such character is undoubtedly Gustavo Fring, masterfully portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito.

He returned to reprise the iconic role in the spin-off and prequel Better Call Saul and remains an important presence on the show deep into season 6. Indeed, episode 9 – entitled Fun And Games – may reveal more about him than any previous episode. So, let’s offer some analysis of Better Call Saul’s enlightening wine scene.

***WARNING: BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 6 EPISODE 9 SPOILERS***

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Wine scene in Better Call Saul explored

Diving into the episode, Gus leaves his home and sits down at a restaurant bar. The bartender greets him by name, which tells the audience he’s a regular at this particular haunt.

Asking for a glass of wine, he begins to settle in for a solitary night before he’s interrupted by a wine connoisseur named David (played by Reed Diamond).

“Mr Fring, it’s so good to see you,” he beams. “It’s been a while.” With everything that has been going on with Lalo, it’s suggested this has gotten in the way of his private life; his absence has been long enough for staff to notice.

“Yes, too long,” Gus admits. It’s interesting to note Gus’ mood changes for the better on David’s entrance and their conversation leads to a more expensive glass of wine that Gus calls “remarkable”. The chat arguably gives way to some more flirty behaviour as it continues, but more on that in a moment.

First, let’s focus on the shot where Gus is shown lingering intently on the glass of wine. The way the camera stays on him deep in thought perfectly captures a eureka moment on Gus’ part. Although not explicitly stated, it’s heavily implied this is the moment he realises drugging a bottle of Don Eladio’s tequila would be the ideal assassination plan.

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#BetterCallSaul the Gus wine scene is great. It shows:the origin of his idea to poison the cartel with alcoholhis struggle to settle back into normal life after the Lalo threat has ceasedhis sexuality once and for all, and his inability to move on from Max pic.twitter.com/NvtPOoxyxi— j (@rainsofbackup) July 19, 2022

The veil of Gus’ sexuality begins to slip

One of the biggest takeaways from the wine scene is Gus’ behaviour around David arguably suggests he’s gay.

This is a theory that has long been prevalent in the Breaking Bad community. Gus once had a partner in business and crime called Max, who Don Eladio killed. It’s believed by a number of fans they shared a romantic connection and episode 9 hearkens back to their bond.

When Gus is talking to Don Eladio at his home, he glances at the spot in the pool where we know Max was killed by Don Eladio. With Max clearly on the brain, he then goes to the restaurant and his manner with David seems like a suggestion on the writers’ behalf we should associate this scene with his relationship with Max.

As for why he left, it’s plausible the wine reminded him of Max’s blood and the decision to poison Don Eladio cemented that there was work to be done immediately. Knowing how efficient Gus is, it’s no surprise he didn’t stick around to enjoy the evening.

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‘It’s not black nor white’

During a TIME interview, Giancarlo Esposito was asked whether Gus and Max were together romantically:

“I think it’s definitely inferred in a very subtle way, but it’s just like men of Europe who walk down the street who are really tight, and really close to each other and hold hands. I think it’s a real comment on where we are socially in our world here in America.”

He added: “Again, it’s not black nor white. Could it be? Possibly. It could very possibly be and I love the fact it’s left in that way, it’s up to you as an audience to decide whether or not they could have possibly been lovers.”

Giancarlo argues “it’s not stamped yes or no,” which he thinks is “wonderful.”
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