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It’s Been 10 Years Since Gus Fring’s Mind-Blowing Death Scene In Breaking Bad

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It’s Been 10 Years Since Gus Fring’s Mind-Blowing Death Scene In Breaking Bad

Warning: This article contains some graphic footage and stills from Breaking Bad which some readers may find distressing. There are also spoilers for season 4, episode 13.

Remember the moment that Albuquerque restaurateur and drug boss Gus Fring was blown up by Hector Salamanca's pipe bomb?

Well, it's been ten years since that scene aired and it's been dubbed the 'best' in TV history.


Gus - played by Giancarlo Esposito - had arrived to the nursing home Hector was residing at armed with a syringe of poison.

Before he administers the shot, Hector looks at Gus for the first time in years before ringing his bell repeatedly, with rage in his eyes.

The camera then pans to the pipe bomb attached to Hector's wheelchair and it becomes apparent that the bell is attached to it.

Credit: Sony Pictures Television
Credit: Sony Pictures Television

The explosion instantly kills Hector and Tyrus Kitt, one of Gus' henchmen, while Gus himself walks calmly out of the room seeming to look unharmed.

We soon realise that isn't the case as he adjusts his tie and the camera moves across his face to reveal one side has been completely torn off from the explosion.

He then falls to the floor and dies. Bish, bash, bosh.

Credit: Sony Pictures Television
Credit: Sony Pictures Television

The episode was the season four finale called 'Face Off' which originally aired on 9 October 2011.

Sharing the scene on Instagram, actor Giancarlo Esposito wrote: "No matter the circumstance, it is always important to keep your tie on straight."

Responding to the video, one fan wrote: "One of the most legendary villains of this era. Nobody could have portrayed it better than you, Sir Giancarlo. Thank you for such a memorable and spine-chilling performance. You will forever be remembered as the Chicken Man."

Another added: "Honestly thought he miraculously survived for a second."


A third commented: "One of the greatest scenes in tv history," with another agreeing: "One of the greatest scenes ever."

Credit: AMC
Credit: AMC

Speaking to Esquire, he said: "I have this whole storyline in the back of my head that he came from political royalty.


"I feel like Gus came from the world of order. And that his order came. He was a military man. Out of the military, he gained the ability to observe.

"You can't lead unless you can follow. [...] In my brain, he was high up in a military government. He could have stayed there and ran the country. It was handed to him. But he chose a different path to be his own man and to find his own power, regardless of what he was handed. This is what he chose."

Featured Image Credit: Sony Pictures Television

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Breaking Bad

Rebecca Shepherd
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