Since the final season of Breaking Bad, fans have let their imaginations run wild as to the fate of Saul Goodman’s bodyguard Huell, as this is one of the few questions the show didn’t answer with a bullet. To recap—and ruin for those who still haven’t watched the series, yet are still clicking on this article for some reason—Huell was last seen waiting patiently in a safehouse, ordered to remain there and not have any contact with the outside world until the return of Hank and Gomez. Hank and Gomez are, of course, killed.
Huell’s eternal vigil, waiting for a deliverance that will never come while living off his considerable physical stores, has since been documented with countdown websites, imagined by esteemed writers, and even turned into a sitcom. The simple mystery has provided so many hours of fun. Or in one specific case, exactly 10 hours:
Anyway, that’s over. In the new Breaking Bad book, Vince Gilligan provides a definitive answer.
Is Huell still waiting for someone to come back for him?
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.
With that settled, Breaking Bad fans are now similarly free to ponder the show’s other lingering mysteries, like “Is meth good”? It’s probably pretty good, right?