It’s been well over year a since Breaking Bad went off the air, but many of the show’s biggest fans still have questions. What happened to Jesse? Was Skyler ever OK again? Did Walter somehow defy all logic and join his Malcolm in the Middle family after all?
Okay, so maybe that’s not really a question anyone asking, but one of the fan-favorite mysteries left in the show’s wake was the character of Huell (Lavell Crawford), one of Saul Goodman’s employees who became everyone’s favorite character when he decided he couldn’t resist laying down on Walt’s big ol’ pile of cash. In “To'hajilee,” one of the show’s final episodes, Huell got picked up by DEA agents Hank and Gomez. They put him in a safe house, told him to wait for them to come back, and then both promptly died at the hands of Jack and his gang. From there, the show took a deep dive into Walt’s forced exile and his eventual confrontation with Jack, and Huell’s fate was just left hanging. As far as we knew, he was still sitting in the safe house, which led to all kinds of internet fun like this:
Now, we finally know that Huell did not in fact stay in that DEA safe house forever. In the new official Breaking Bad companion book, creator Vince Gilligan revealed that Huell’s fate was actually quite simple: Other DEA agents picked him up.
“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, that’s one mystery solved. Rest easy, Huell, wherever you are.