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The Cartel Sends a Strong Message to Gus on 'Breaking Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 12th 2011 6:22AM
'Breaking Bad' - 'Bug'Last week, it was curious that the writers were suddenly peeling back some of the layers to Gus' character on 'Breaking Bad' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC). An extended flashback scene showed what happened when he tried to get into business with the drug cartel in Mexico.

This week, it became clear as that background information made the current situation not only more clear, but more intense for us as well. Gus is still a very gutsy and bold player, as evidenced by his walking out into a storm of gunfire when the cartel tried to send a message to his distribution center by shooting one of his men.

But it's only because Gus knows the cartel needs him alive that he had such bravery, and even so his eyes betrayed at least some fear. In that sense of bravado due to indispensability, Gus shares something with Walt. But Walt still struggles with that terrifying calm in the face of chaos or fear that Gus has mastered so well.

Jesse wasn't cool either, as he nearly lost his head when he froze during the cartel's "message." It was only Mike's quick reaction that saved him from becoming the second part of the message. But will Gus lay this loss at the hands of Hank?

It was because Hank had decided to target that facility for a surveillance mission of some kind that Gus and the gang were even there clearing out the drugs. Had it not been for that, that guy might still be alive.

It was pretty ominous when Gus asked Jesse if he thought he could cook Walt's recipe without Walt. Was he again thinking Walt was expendable? No, instead he's decided to give in to the cartel and is going to send Jesse down to Mexico to teach their guys how to make Walt's meth recipe.

This could make Walt even more expendable to the overall operation, though Jesse is rightfully terrified that he could get killed as he's no chemist and may not be able to teach. But Walt can't be trusted, so this is where they're at.

But if Gus is giving up a bit to the cartel, will he lose his absolute power over Walt and Jesse?

I do find it interesting that now Gus is reluctantly being forced to work for the cartel against his will, while likely looking the whole time for a way to get out from under their thumb. Sound familiar? How long before he decides to work with Walt to get them both free?

As many twists and turns this show has taken since it was Walt and Jesse cooking up meth in an RV in the desert, anything is possible. I have a feeling Gus giving in to the cartel is the start of another big shift in the story, and I can't wait to see where they take us next.

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