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In Breaking Bad S04E12 End Times, at the end Gus walks towards his car at the hospital parking with his two bodyguards, with Walt watching from an adjacent rooftop. As Gus is approaching the car he stops dead in his track with a doomed look on his face and heads over to the railing. He looks around but is not able to see Walt or sense anything out of place(as far as the viewers can tell). But he still walks away from the rigged car.

How does Gus sense that theres something wrong with the car? Moreover, Gus is never shown to be paranoid or doing things over a hunch, so how is this explainable?

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Gus could have seen Walt's glasses reflecting back at him. They were on top of his head at a perfect angle to reflect the sun's rays. –  user6273 Sep 28 '13 at 8:38
    
@Robert: That was my initial thought but then, we never see that being explained in the show. And absolutely nothing goes unexplained in this show! –  KeyBrd Basher Sep 30 '13 at 6:39

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From this source:

"Walt was right when he said that Gus is always 10 moves ahead. Gus didn't need to be right about his car being sabotaged; he was just smart enough to know that he was walking into what would be a perfect trap, and one he’d happily spring if the tables were turned. So he walked away."

Basically Gus wasn't sure if his car had been rigged to blow, but he knew if he was trying to kill someone it would have been a perfect way of achieving this.

He is clearly very good at reading situations and this lead to him being so successful in such a dangerous industry.

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Also I'm pretty sure Jesse tells him about the poison. Gus knows he didn't do it and is therefore on edge. –  Tony Mar 5 '13 at 18:32
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Right; knowing that the poisoning (which he didn't do) drew him out to such an unfamiliar location, Gus (rightly) suspected someone (Walt or not) might have set-up this opportunity. –  JoshDM Mar 5 '13 at 20:29
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ok, but why was gus so stupid to have only 1 cook. what if jesse dies due to car accident or something, does he wants to shut down his millon dollar industry due to just 1 cook? –  user6547 Oct 28 '13 at 1:50

Walt used the baby monitor to detonate the bomb. When he turned it on Gus could hear the background noise's and Walt talking to himself.

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I just rewatched the episode, and nothing in the scene suggests this. The accepted answer seems more probable. –  Meat Trademark Apr 7 at 9:52

The entire situation (being lured to the hospital by Jesse,leaving his vehicle unguarded,etc) seemed rather odd to Fring. While he did make a serious tactical mistake ( he walked to the edge of the parking structure and looked over, thus potentially exposing himself to a sniper) he seems to have gotten a bad feeling about things and decided not to drive away in his car.

Upon reflection, this actually is more a affectation of the narrative than a practical exercise as later (SPOILER) when Walt and Tio Salamanca use the same explosive device to finally murder Fring, it is clear that it’s explosive effect of the bomb would have been sufficient to seriously injure or kill Fring had he walked as close to his vehicle as he did. There was only a limited need (primarily for the sake of the series) for him to actually get into his car.

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