Vince Gilligan Explains a ‘Breaking Bad’ Character Mystery

By May 17, 2015

One of the lingering questions that a lot of eagle-eyed fans of “Breaking Bad” were left asking after the series finale is, “whatever happened to Huell?”

The character they’re referring to is Huell Babineaux, Saul Goodman’s lovable bodyguard/henchman, who seemed to be left in a motel by DEA agents Hank Schraeder and Steve Gomez as those two went to bust Walter White with finality. The only problem was that Hank and Steve didn’t end up surviving their arrest attempt, and fans were left wondering if Huell would stay in the motel room, be found out by Saul, or perhaps incarcerated. Well, now we know what happened to Huell, straight from the horse’s mouth.

According to an official “Breaking Bad” book (via Uproxx), Huell’s fate just wasn’t worth spending those few remaining hours of the show on. Show creator Vince Gilligan cleared things up by saying,

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.

While we may not get to see what Huell’s life is like after the conclusion of “Breaking Bad,” the possibility exists that we may see how he came into the employ of Saul Goodman on the spin-off series “Better Call Saul.” While we know that Huell was employed after Mike threatened to break Saul’s legs, maybe there’s more to it that can possibly be explored in the prequel series. Either way, fans can rest easy knowing that Huell is one of the few characters not to meet a gruesome end by the time Walt’s life came to an end.

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Chris Clow

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  • David Johnson

    Love the scene where Huell & Patrick lay on the pallet of money in the storage unit before putting it in the barrels!

    • GeekNation

      One of the best! Not to mention, there was enough room for at least four more people on that mountain of cash!

      • David Johnson

        I’d have to do a Money angel!!!!!!

        • GeekNation

          Or at least a money bath!

  • Mikey Silva

    huh, good to know what happened, i was actually left wondering what happened to the guy

  • JessicaKx

    Awesome post Geeknation, I was wondering what happened to him lol :)