Tonight's episode simply had me hooked from start to finish. The progression was there - Gus has enemies coming at him from all sides. Did you see his hand tremble? Did you see his face all sullen and dark - Gus is feeling the pressure and while he maintains his composure, he is cracking on the inside.
Hank really pushes on with Gus as his number one suspect. Walt gets caught in the middle of it (a really awkward situation) but ends up attaching the tracker as per Gus' request. It's no wonder that Walt then fears for his life - if Gus get's caught, he and Jesse are no longer safe. Worse, he may still be in danger from Gus' associates like Mike. He thinks more violence is coming - to hank, to people in general. But Gus remains calm once again.
Meanwhile, Walt and Jesse's differences continue to escalate. Their ideas colliding.
Finally, the backstory: this 8 minute scene provided a brilliant example of why this show remains on top - consistency and interconnectedness reign on as a powerful backstory. Why Gus came to the U.S. in 1989 - this was why. And how about some similarities to throw in as well - Max (the cook) claiming that he needs Gus, he is his partner, just like Walt (the cook) argues that he needs Jesse. That's how we know that Jesse and Walt won't die. But Gus, on the other hand, will not be so lucky. His life will end, I am sure of it. But just how and what leads up to it, will be very enticing to watch.
Pacing, progression, guest stars - this episode shone through tonight and it will only get better as the season progresses.