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? But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.”
(im almost done re-watching this series as i type this, so i thought i’d reblog this with some feedback)
spoilers here as well, so watch out.
as i was watching this series when it on air, i did at first see Skyler as just a ‘bitch’. she was my least favorite character, i was always just annoyed by her, etc. but watching it now, and also knowing everything that goes on in the series, she’s quickly coming up on my favorites list. i personally think she has more of a change in character than Walt does. Walt starts off stupid, becomes a stupid badass, and for the most part, dies stupid. Don’t get me wrong, though. i love Walt. but he doesnt change as much as Skyler does. Skyler does an insane amount of work in the series. she falters every now and then and like Gunn says in the quote, conforms to the stereotypical wife role. stands by her husband. she takes most of the work into her own hands, laundering money, miraculously keeps Jr. from knowing everything until the last few episodes, protects her kids waaaay more times than Walt does. Skyler, in a lot of ways, is more powerful than Walt. Also she is such a pro. Faking fugue states, making up most of Walts covers, generally getting shit done. Skyler is, i really hope, how more and more characters get written for on tv. A supporting role that does more for the plot than the main character.