‘Breaking Bad’: Lead Character Might Have Been an Undercover CIA Source

Many shows are noted for changing the face of TV and Breaking Bad is one of them. There are many reasons for this but probably the most well-known is the completeness of the story and how it didn’t last too long. But, Gus Fring, one of the top characters is still somewhat of a mystery, even to die-hard fans. Read on to learn more about his character on Breaking Bad.

What is ‘Breaking Bad’?

Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Bryan Cranston as Walter White on ‘Breaking Bad’ | AMC

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Breaking Bad is a crime drama that aired from 2008 to 2013 for 5 seasons and 62 episodes total. The basis of the show was in Albuquerque.

The basis of the story is of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with stage-three lung cancer. He partnered with a former student and entered a life of crime of making and distributing crystal meth so that he can be sure his family will be financially secure after he dies.

One of the major characteristics of the show is the transformation of Walter from a poor chemistry teacher to a strong drug henchman.

Who is Gus Fring?

Gus Fring was a meth distributor through several legal businesses, such as a successful fast-food chain and an industrial laundry facility. Both businesses had legal and illegal operations.

He kept a positive image and befriended a special agent in the DEA, which was pretty ironic considering his running of a huge drug operation. He also made large donations to charitable events, which helped him appear legit.

There is a dark side though. He was ruthless and used enforcers for multiple purposes. He expanded his drug trade to the Mexican cartel by being forced after his friend, Max, was killed.

Gus appeared loyal to the cartel for the next 20 years. His background is mysterious and his name is an alias. No one can find any information about him prior to his arrival in Mexico. He’s believed to be a Chilean, but this can’t be confirmed. It is implied that Fring was connected to the Pinochet regime, which was the major reason for sparing his life.

Gus Fring as a CIA source

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Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo “Gus” Fring | Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

It’s been argued that Fring could have been a CIA source. In fact, when you consider how easily he got into the Mexican cartel and how it ties up the back story, it’s a simple solution because there was no prior history.

The CIA has the capacity to erase history. Moreover, the CIA has a reputation in movies and TV for doing odd things and, in Breaking Bad, it’s easy to believe that Fring could be a CIA source.

After all, he is confident in his power and abilities at all times, which shouldn’t be done by a kingpin. He didn’t worry about much, which would be expected as a CIA source because that’s a powerful tool to have at your disposal.

Fring was a villain in Breaking Bad and known for his patience and condescending behavior. He also seemed to look through people, like if he were sizing them up or planning to engage in violence. His death was controversial, where some people wondered if it was the right time or if it was impulsive.

However, if he had CIA backing, it would have been thought that the CIA would step in and save him. At the same time, the CIA may have just given up on him. The jury is still out, but since he was killed, we’ll just have to wonder — Was Gus Fring a CIA source or was he just a cunning know-it-all?