People give Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn tons of crap for being the actor who plays Skyler White

"My character, to judge from the popularity of Web sites and Facebook pages devoted to hating her, has become a flash point for many people’s feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women. As the hatred of Skyler blurred into loathing for me as a person, I saw glimpses of an anger that, at first, simply bewildered me." From "I have a character issue," by Anna Gunn in the New York Times.

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  1. This is also why it's so weird that in the latest episodes (second half of season 8), she's so friendly to Walter.

    After telling him "I hope your cancer comes back" she seems genuinely upset when it does, and comforts him in the bathroom after he collapses from the work of burying the money. That surprised me. Why the total about face?

  2. Skylar went cookoo while watching her world unfurl, her husband come clean, Ted Beneke get paralyzed, and then she walked into the pool. And then Walt built her back up, gave her the car wash. It is about Walt manipulating the world around him, and succeeding while his humanity recedes. I believe Skylar's transformation. She's been unpredictable from day 1.

  3. DenMcH says:

    jimh is on the the right track in remembering the money, but before Walt collapses, Skyler says something like, "you buried all the money didn't you?" When he wakes, and she's playing the attentive wife, he explains his plan to turn himself in and for her to keep the money. She replies something to the effect that he can't turn himself in without the money. She was made complicit in this, and stands to lose everything. Only Walt knows where the money is, and only by backing Walt (at least for now) can she keep the money in sight.

  4. jjsaul says:

    Skylar was written as unsympathetic in the first episode of the show. Recall the begrudging birthday handjob while she was bidding on Ebay auctions?

    She became a more complex, interesting, and often sympathetic character since, but she was first established as pretty contemptuous of Walt, with whom we were totally sympathetic during the first half of that first episode, for the last time in the series.

  5. I think you're right about Hank/the DEA catching up to Walt. But I still remember the last time they used flashforwards like this, and it was a total red herring. My latest pie in the sky theory (ie, my "if they were totally fucking with us, this is what might be what's REALLY happening" theory) is that those flashforwards are actually for Walt coming back to take care of Todd and his uncle and their gang, for some reason. Walt seems to have very successfully disappeared himself and started over. Why is he coming back? And why would he need that huge gun to deal with Hank and the DEA? I am thinking Todd and his uncle and their gang have kidnapped Jesse, because they're still not able to cook to the quality level of Walt/Jesse, and the flashforwards are actually going to be showing us Walt's redemption, where he comes back to save Jesse even though he's managed to start over with a new identity and is, in theory, completely safe.

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