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I was rewatching this episode and I didn't quite understand why exactly Juan Cartel killed Gus's partner, but he let Gus live. He says:

The only reason you're alive and he's not, is because I know who you are.

But I still don't have fully understand.

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So far we don't know. All we do know is that Gustavo Fring immigrated from Chile to Mexico in 1986. What he did back in Chile and who he was remains a mystery. Hank investigated his past and couldn't find anything, leading him to suspect that the Pinochet regime (who ruled Chile at the time) were somehow responsible. Don Eladio's words seems to suggest that Gustavo was a person of some note back in Chile, or is at least related to someone of note. But, with only one episode left in the series, no further information is available.

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The series writers made the character of Gustavo Fring a Chilean as it seemed to them general Pinochet was a frightening enough character to give a Mexican drug lord, Don Eladio pause before killing him. Unfortunately, the number of Afro-Chileans ( the group from where Gustavo would have to be) are a repressed minority in Chile. Being a fascist and somewhat of a racist, it is doubtful General Pinochet ever had any Afro-Chileans in in his inner circle making Fring's being Chilean rather pointless.

The most likely reason that Don Eladio didn't kill Fring was that he knew he had an established distribution network set up and it would cost money and time (and risk exposure) murdering Fring and then trying to either obtain his routes or start new ones. Since Fring hadn't stolen from him and since he could still use him, killing Gus' partner to show him who was in control and then allowing Fring to live, made it clear who was in charge of the operation, without causing any significant damage.

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the don has no info on gus' partner, so no leverage over him, which he has over gus--knowing who gus is. that's the reason gus lives.

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Hi, welcome to M&TV. I actually think your answer is absolutely correct, but the reason people will downvote it is because answers here typically need a little more detail to be considered substantial enough. If you could elaborate a little, I'd be ready and willing to up-vote this: as I said, I think you're assessment is not only correct but insightful! –  John Smith Optional Aug 17 at 19:34

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