(NB: spoilers for all but the most recent episodes from season 5 1/2.)
When I first started watching Breaking Bad, a friend of mine asked me how much I hate Skyler. It was taken for granted that I would. Everyone does. But you know me. I hate on Buffy and GOT and feel the need to champion the Twilight franchise. So of course, I don’t hate Skyler.
I hate Walter. Maybe we’re supposed to. During “And the bag’s in the river,” I was mad at the writers for making us understand why Walter killed Krazy-8. It was self-defense. Why wouldn’t I sympathize with Walt then? (Oh how he has changed.) I think because I always saw Skyler through the lens of hating Walt I didn’t hate her.
If Walter is motivated by greed and glory, Skyler is motivated by self-preservation. Every act that she takes (even if I think it’s annoying) seems to be motivated by her keeping a level head and trying to preserve her family.
I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while, then I read this, which said everything I wanted to say. I could go on about how she’s a great character, but I would just be repeating the things in there. So instead, I’m going to make my wish for the series:
I wish Skyler will kill Walt.
When I last left the series, Walt told Skyler that she will soon come around to Walt’s way of thinking (in part perhaps that killing people is ok) and Skyler was smoking and waiting for Walt’s cancer to come back. I just really hope that she’ll eventually, yes, come around to Walt’s way of thinking and realize that the only way to protect her family from the one who protects her family is by being the one who knocks herself.