Marie steals shit to get her ups.
Hank enforces(d - lol) a drug war that criminalizes poverty.
Walter, well is Walter and does pretty much every fucked up thing you could imagine.
Junior isn’t bad either I suppose, but he isn’t the target of all the internet hate.
Jesse is well, Jesse. He’s not the worst, but he’s definitely done a lot of bad stuff. Like He’s not the worst, in fact he’s pretty redeemable, but my focus is on Skyler so lets move on.
Skyler is perhaps the best character in the show, despite all the public detractors. Yeah, she fools around while Walt is basically absent from her life, but that’s no big deal. She needs some love from someone and Walt is starting to become the Heisenberg character. She is a hell of a parent pushed into an impossible situation by her fucked-up husband (you know, Heisenberg) and busts her ass to protect her kids and secure a future for them.
She protects Jr. from the truth and hides it from everyone else because she knows that they will lose EVERYTHING should it become public, even stuff that they had before the drug money. She sacrifices EVERYTHING she has and is to protect people she loves from Walt. .
Yeah people will say, “She should have stepped up earlier and kicked out Walt,” but anyone who knows anything about domestic violence (which is what their relationship was) knows it is not that easy. He could have killed them if she kicked him out for good, he likely would have killed her at least and taken the kids. Skyler did exactly what she needed to do exactly when it needed to happen. Also, seeing Jr. come out of his shell and fight for something was relieving too.
So maybe lets talk a bit about why people hate on Skyler. I can come up with a few core ideas. I think it is a lot of misogyny and blaming the victim. Apparently it is Skyler’s fault that her children are in danger because she “could” just “escape with them” to get away from Walt. This is incredibly misogynistic. Of course, most of the people criticizing Skyler are also praising Walt’s “genius”. Skyler represents a reality that an incredible number of women face, many of whom end up being killed.
Skyler works hard to protect her family and get something for herself and her kids out of Walt’s crazed drug business. Why is this considered wrong? Because it makes her an “accomplice” to Walt, which is the biggest bullshit I’ve ever heard. She’ put into an impossible situation and works hard to find a way out - either by laundering money through the car wash or by kicking out Walt when he was at his weakest. SHE DID THE RIGHT THING. She’s done the right thing all along. Skyler is the best. And Anna Gunn is amazing playing the character.
Skyler White is a bad-ass and if she isn’t a role model for you then you need to get your shit straight.
From Anna Gunn’s Op-ed
As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch. But as a human being, I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom. Could it be that they can’t stand a woman who won’t suffer silently or “stand by her man”? That they despise her because she won’t back down or give up? Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal?
It’s notable that viewers have expressed similar feelings about other complex TV wives — Carmela Soprano of “The Sopranos,” Betty Draper of “Mad Men.” Male characters don’t seem to inspire this kind of public venting and vitriol.
CAN WE UNDERSCORE THE FACT THE MALE COUNTERPARTS OF THE WOMEN SHE MENTIONS ARE SOME OF THE MOST VIRTIOLOIC DISGUSTING VIOLENT MISOGYNISTIC HUMAN BEINGS?
Vince Gilligan has been quoted as saying:
"I think the people who have issues with the wives being too bitchy on Breaking Bad are misogynists, plain and simple"
thought I wouldn’t agree that they are being “bitchy” at all, this gets the main point across.
Skyler White haters are basically misogynists. Skyler is da bomb yo.
Check out the HuffPost live episode: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/why-do-people-hate-breaking-bads-skyler-white/52179ce578c90a0ea7000645
Anna Gunn’s op-ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/opinion/i-have-a-character-issue.html?smid=pl-share