Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
As far as TV series finales go, Breaking Bad‘s was pretty great. Vince Gilligan gave satisfying sendoffs to our favorite characters, tying up all the loose ends in a big, beautiful bow. Well — most of the loose ends. The last we saw of Huell, he was waiting in the safe house for Hank and Gomez.
For the past two years, fans have wondered: Is Huell waiting there still? Thankfully, Gilligan finally has an answer for us. Hit the jump to learn about Breaking Bad Huell’s fate.
To refresh your memory, Huell (played by Lavell Crawford) was Saul Goodman’s intimidating yet lovable bodyguard. In the Season 5 episode “To’hajiilee,” Hank and Gomez pick him up as part of their plot to ensnare Walt. They bring Huell to a safe house and give him strict instructions not to leave or contact the outside world until they return. Then, unfortunately, Hank and Gomez get killed before they have a chance to return for Huell.
Ever since then, Huell’s fate has been the source of much light-hearted speculation among fans. Did he ever leave? If not, what got to him first: insanity or starvation? Or is he perfectly content to chill there, far away from the drama of his former life as Saul Goodman’s bodyguard?
Well, wonder no more. Gilligan reveals all in a new Breaking Bad book:
Yes, sadly he’s waiting morosely on that sofa, looking like a lost puppy… [Laughs] No. It’s likely that Agent Van Oster keeps in touch with DEA headquarters. So when he learns Gomez and Hank have gone missing, he would in short order tell his superiors what they were up to. Within a matter of hours, really not that many in story time, Huell will be taken back to HQ. They’ll question him, find out what he knows—which isn’t much—and he’ll be let out on the street. Right now, he’s doing what Huell does best, whatever that is. He’s out and about as a free man.
So not only is Huell just fine, he’s probably doing better than most of the other characters from the show. He’s alive, for starters. He hasn’t been forced to make a run for the Cinnabon in Omaha, and he isn’t suffering from the post-traumatic stress that comes from being tortured by neo-Nazis or discovering that your beloved father was actually an evil drug lord.
Which is all well and good for Huell, but kind of boring for us. But the beauty of it is, if you don’t find that to be a satisfying answer, not even Vince Gilligan can stop you from coming up with a better one in your head. Me, I choose to believe Funny or Die’s theory — that Huell is still in that safehouse, living out a wacky family sitcom called Huell’s Rules.