Better Call Saul Finally Resolves One Of Breaking Bad's Greatest Cliffhangers

Back when it was first announced, "Better Call Saul" was the perfect cash grab idea for a spin-off show, following in the tradition of such TV spin-offs like "Joey" in taking a fan-favorite comic relief character and making a whole show around them.

The show could have easily been a cheap source of fan service, but instead it became a TV miracle. It quickly redefined what we thought we knew about the world of "Breaking Bad," deepening the characters, expanding on the themes of the original show, making Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) the character we least wanted to see show up, turning Mike into a tragic figure, all while introducing us to the best character on TV: Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn).

Although "Better Call Saul" didn't set off to answer many questions from its predecessor, it still provided some unexpected closure and answers, like the origin of Gus' meth lab, how Hector ended up in a wheelchair, and more. But the latest episode of the show finally gave us an answer to the biggest question we had from "Breaking Bad": What the hell happened to Huell?

A man of many talents

When he first appears in "Better Call Saul," Huell Babineaux (Lavell Crawford) is hired by Jimmy to slip a battery into the breast pocket of his brother, Chuck (Michael McKean), to prove his electromagnetic hypersensitivity isn't real. After that, Huell becomes a security guard for Jimmy's burner phone business and other schemes. 

But the first time we actually met Huell was on "Breaking Bad," where he got hired by Saul Goodman to be his bodyguard and professional pickpocketer after Mike (Michael McKean) threatened to break Saul's legs to make him reveal Jesse's whereabouts. Huell stuck around and also helped Saul force Ted Beneke (Christopher Cousins) pay the IRS (and accidentally paralyze him) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) poison a little kid.

In the final season he was manipulated into accepting witness protection and taken to a DEA safe house by Hank (Dean Norris) and Gomez (Steven Michael Quezada), who were hoping to find out what happened to Walt's money. Last we saw him, Hank and Gomez left Huell at said safe house, instructing him not to use his phone or leave the house. But since both agents died an episode later, there was no one to tell poor Huell he could leave, prompting fans everywhere to speculate whether Huell had starved to death to the point that even Vince Gilligan chimed in. Except we finally know what really happened.

A free man

The latest episode, the highly anticipated and publicized "Breaking Bad," finally brought back Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul), but not in the way audiences may have expected. The episode uses the timeline of the original show and Saul's relationship to Walt and contrasts it with what we now know of Jimmy McGill and Gene Takavic for maximum emotional damage. It shows how Jimmy fails to properly deal and tackle his grief and problems and instead falls deeper and deeper into the Saul Goodman persona, like when his brother died, or when Kim left him, and now with a mysterious phone call we didn't get to hear, but know it wasn't good.

But before that, Gene/Saul/Jimmy hears from Francesca (Tina Parker), who he calls to get a recap of where things stand in Albuquerque, and tie off some loose ends and puts theories to bed. First, we learn that Skyler (Anna Gunn) got out of legal trouble and made a deal, presumably with the GPS location of Hank and Gomez' burial site she got from Walt.

Most importantly, however, Gene asks about probably one of the only genuine friends he had over the course of both shows: Huell. Francesca reveals he went back home to Louisiana, free of any legal problems since the DEA held him illegally.

"Better Call Saul," like "Breaking Bad" before it, is a show about consequences. Those who do wrong get their due; those who try to redeem themselves or are just caught up in a bad situation get their recompense. We don't know what will happen to Jimmy, but at least we know the sweet man who saved several lives in his hometown of Coushatta, Louisiana is finally a free man.