In the Breaking Bad episode "Crawl Space" (S04E11), why didn't Gus kill Walt in the desert? Just kill Walt and force Jesse to cook by threatening Andrea, Brock, or someone else.

Many people bring up the line, "I don't believe fear to be an effective motivator." However, isn't this the same guy who slit Victor's throat to teach Walt and Jesse a lesson on never betraying him again?

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Gus had just invested a lot into trying to bring Jessie onto his side, and had essentially succeeded. At that point, keeping Jessie happy seemed like the best path forward for getting Jessie to cook for him. Suddenly turning around and using force/fear to do it would have been unpredictable at best.

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