To quote another great cable crime drama: have you heard the good news? Gustavo Fring, a.k.a. Gus Fring, a.k.a. the Chicken Man, a.k.a. the soft-spoken and utterly cold-blooded kingpin who served as Walter White’s nemesis across the central seasons of the smash-hit series Breaking Bad (a.k.a. actor Giancarlo Esposito), finally appeared on that show’s prequel, Better Call Saul.
His arrival has been heralded, albeit in code, ever since BCS' second season began airing last year: Rearrange the first letters in the titles of all of Season 2's episodes and they spell out "FRING’S BACK." When ex-cop turned up-and-coming gun-for-hire Mike Ehrmantraut was stopped in his attempt to assassinate a rival drug lord during the second season finale, by a note simply reading "DON’T," you could all but hear Fring issuing the command in his sinister purr.
Finally, Esposito, co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and their home network, AMC, have made no secret about the character’s debut this year (though they did wait until after last week’s season premiere to drop it). And now that the Chicken Man cometh, toss your reservations in the trash like old wrappers from Los Pollos Hermanos: Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fans alike have reason to celebrate.