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‘Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul Killed Gus Fring Before ‘Breaking Bad’ Was A Thing

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Well, file this one under “how the hell did no one notice this before?”  It seems Jesse Pinkman and Gustavo “Gus” Fring have more of a storied history than ‘Breaking Bad‘ would have led us to believe, as the New Mexican meth chronicles aren’t the first time Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito have worked together on-screen.  Rather, the two seem to have been at odds before, appearing together in a 2006 episode of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s cleavage series ‘The Ghost Whisperer!”  Want to see?

People could make entire careers out of chronicling Aaron Paul’s many film and TV appearances prior to landing his career-defining role as ‘Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman, but none would prove as strange as a 2006 appearance in ‘The Ghost Whisperer’ episode “Fury.”  In it, Aaron Paul’s character (sporting a righteous ’70s mane and mustache) would not only come face to face with his future ‘Breaking Bad’ co-star Giancarlo Esposito, but ultimately kill him just as his future ‘Breaking Bad’ partner Bryan Cranston would!

It’s certainly a bizarre coincidence, one made all the more intriguing by the dynamic relationship shared between Paul and Esposito’s ‘Breaking Bad’ characters.  Fans of the series will recall that Esposito’s Gus initially dismissed Paul’s Jesse Pinkman as a worthless junkie, only to find himself slowly developing a relationship with the young man, elevating him to a position of power under Mike Ehrmantraut.

Paul’s character wouldn’t ultimately be the one to kill Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring, though Walter White (Cranston) certainly put him on the path more than once.  Regardless, it’s a pretty freaky coincidence no one seems to have uncovered before.  ‘Breaking Bad’ would start up one year later in 2007, though Esposito’s character wouldn’t appear on the series until late in the show’s second season.

We’re not entirely sure what’s going on in the ’70s era ‘Ghost Whisperer’ clip (which you can see here), but if you ever wanted to see a super-fly Jesse Pinkman kill Gus Fring, now’s your chance!  Check it out, and tell us your favorite ‘Breaking Bad’ moments in the comments!

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