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Breaking Bad: Skyler White, “Nasty Woman”

August 29, 2019


There was once a show about a man who sold methamphetamine, murdered his enemies and lied to his wife. He threatened her, assaulted her, and stole her baby daughter. “I don’t accept that. You’re my wife.” “I’m not your wife. I’m your hostage.” Of course audiences were overcome with sympathy and righteous anger for this poor woman. Just Kidding — they were not. Some of them absolutely hated her. “I have never hated a TV-show character as much as I hate her,” one person posted about Skyler White. The vitriol even got directed at the actress who plays Skyler, Anna Gunn. She wrote an op-ed for The New York Times which quoted the post: “Can somebody tell me where I can find Anna
Gunn so I can kill her?” So why was Skyler so easy for many to dislike
— and why did she arouse so much anger in some viewers? “For a fired school teacher who cooks crystal
meth, I’d say you’re coming out pretty much ahead.” Let’s take a look at the character’s journey and how the writers of Breaking Bad held a mirror up to us by masterfully manipulating our evolving feelings toward Skyler White. Before we go on, be sure to hit subscribe and click the bell to get notifications on all of our new videos. “Look at that.” “That is veggie bacon, believe it or not. Zero cholesterol and you won’t even taste the difference.” Skyler is the show’s most consistent opposing force to Walter, so the writing set her up as a kind of his
antagonist to frustrate the viewer by getting in Walt’s
way. “I don’t want them dicking you around tonight. You get paid till 5, you work to 5, no later.” In the beginning, we’re led to, on some
level, blame Skyler for how disappointing Walt’s
life is. Her micromanaging juxtaposed with his free-wheeling criminal shenanigans makes her appear petty, even mean-spirited. “Did you use the MasterCard last night? Ah, $15.88 at Staples? Walt, the Matercard’s the one we don’t use.” So this is the portrait of a woman who is so caught up in the minutiae of deadening middle age logistics she can’t even take a break for sex on her husband’s birthday. “Yes, fifty six! Oh!” It feels like Skyler is partly responsible for Walter being the sad, pushover man we
meet, “Surprise!” “Oh, you’re so very late!” So the show uses this starting point of Skyler to sneak up on the viewer. Just one episode in you might find yourself siding with a man who committed murder, while at the same time being annoyed by his wife for being “a nag.” “So right now, what I need is for you to climb down out of my ass. Can you do that? Will you do that for me, honey?” Whereas if we look at the actual facts, this response is hardly fair. The thing Skyler mostly nags Walt about is finding money for his treatment. “Skyler, it’s charity.” “Why do you say that like it’s some kind of dirty word?” And that makes him furious because it reminds
him of his inability to provide for his family. “I don’t like the way you talk about my private affairs.” Unlike Walt, Skyler is not at all prideful. “Got myself a job today.” “As big as you are?” Vince Gilligan, the creator of “Breaking
Bad,” knew Skyler had to be strong-minded and strong-willed from the get go, so that she’d be a worthy opponent for Walt later on. If Skyler were weak and helpless, it would
be harder to get the audience on Walt’s side when he’s mistreating her. “You have to tell me what’s really going on
right now.” “Tell you what?” The lesson here is that it takes two to create the dynamic of any marriage. “Joan Epperman, you know Joan, suddenly has
to go through all these photos and turn them
down, because they show cleavage.” “Did you get enough pancakes, sweetie?” The viewer might subtly blame Skyler for Walt’s sad state, but really Skyler is hurting Walt’s pride not through anything she does, but simply through her very existence. She IS strong and capable, and so he seems LESS so by comparison. “Since you’re scheduled for surgery, I just thought it might be a good idea to have some money coming in.” “Well, Skyler, we need to think about what’s best for the baby.” No one likes the person who says “I told you so,” and in Breaking Bad that person is most often Skyler. “The worst thing you can do is shut me out.” “Apologize!” “People go to prison for this.” She is always right. Like the Virgin Mary, she wears mostly blue, and she’s often seen cradling Holly. Yet the viewer wants Skyler and morality to fail. “If you don’t get out of here right now, I’m going to call the police, and I’m going to tell them everything.” Every time Skyler tries to call the police or convince Walt to stop, many of us are likely thinking: “No, Shut up Skyler, Let him do his thing.” The show from the start is telling us that Skyler is virtuous — she’s right — but it’s also making us dislike her for being virtuous. Because we, like Walt, are so enjoying this path of embracing what’s wrong — that is, breaking bad. The writers throw in a lot of small details that make it easy to dislike Skyler for specifically feminine sins. In early seasons, most of her scenes pointedly see her doing something traditionally linked with feminine vanity
— putting on lotion, taking a bath, brushing her hair. So an impression is built up that Walt is out providing for the family at great personal risk, while Skyler is at home complaining. “So where have you been this time?” And later on Skyler commits more specifically feminine sins — like smoking while pregnant. “Perhaps you might know something about this.” “Perhaps I don’t, Walt. Perhaps I smoked them in a fugue state.” Viewers want to see Walt take risks, be powerful and provide for his family, largely because we’ve been socially conditioned to think of these things as male duties, even male birthrights. “You know why I do this. I want security for my family.” The story is infused with our social assumptions about emasculation and reclaiming lost masculinity
— “You’re gonna man up, or you’re gonna puss
out?” part of what’s happening as Walt become
Heisenberg fits this narrative that he’s finally becoming a “real” man. Meanwhile, Skyler is failing in her role as a “real” woman — by getting in the way of that manhood, and by not embodying supposedly feminine qualities like being submissive, caring and sweet. “Well I tell you what, why don’t you do the grocery shopping, and then you can get whatever you want.” So the writers use our shared gender baggage to manipulate us into some very questionable
identifications that we need to revisit later on as things keep going south. At the same time, this strategy of villainizing
Skyler partially backfired on the writers — because not everyone did revisit why they’d been so quick to blame her. At times, the show made it too easy to glorify Heisenberg-Walt, and those viewers who took it too far — like, um, for example, threatening Anna Gunn
— were seeing no problem with the misogyny underlying that intense resentment for Skyler. “Once again he’ll blame his bitch mother for taking away what his loving father has
given him.” In Season 3, the audience’s dislike of Skyler is expressed through Walter Junior. “Mom, why do you have to be such a, a bitch!” “Hey, hey.” It’s as if the writers decided “Hey, now we’ll show the audience how their dislike of Skyler looks from the outside.” Skyler is doing everything she can to protect her son from finding out about his father’s activities, “I don’t want my son to find out that his father is a criminal. which is also protecting Walt. But Walter junior only sees fault in his mom’s
actions. Even when he gets a version that’s closer
to the truth about his dad, Walter junior reacts with absolutely no judgement for Walter, but only admiration. “Dad, you’re such a stud! How much did you win exactly?” If before Skyler’s hated for being strong, in season 3 she starts getting blamed for being weak and not leaving Walt. But actually, the first thing Skyler does when she learns that Walt sells drugs is find a divorce attorney. “Do you feel you have a good understanding of your husband’s financial situation?” It’s just that getting divorced turns out to be very complicated. Skyler initially has no intention of using Walt’s drug money, but she’s already been unknowingly using it. “Skyler, how do you think we’ve been paying
our bills the last six months?” Then, Hank is attacked by the murderous cousins, and Skyler makes the decision to knowingly use Walt’s money to pay for treatment. “You will take our money. Use it to take care of Hank.” This decision invited a new wave of hate against Skyler, as viewers accused her of being hypocritical. And it does seem Skyler is seduced by the
money. As Saul puts it, “I guess when people see those zeros dance before their eyes, it’s kind of like highway hypnosis.” But Skyler’s hypnosis also mirrors the moment when Walt first sees a similar volume of cash in season one. For both, it’s a turning point, and not for the better, but Walt is often admired by viewers for his desire and ability to earn money. “I’m in the empire business.” So the question remains — why do we blame Skyler for the things we excuse in Walt? The money’s also not the only reason for Skyler’s eventual acquiescence to Walt. For most of season 3, She’s unwillingly forced to interact with him, because he literally refuses to leave. Walt breaks into their home, “We can’t arrest a man for breaking into
his own house.” but when she tries to call the cops of him, this only makes her son angry at her. “You called the cops on dad?” Skyler is completely helpless — a hostage in her own house. And she begins to show clear symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome. “We have a history. He’s the father of my children, and maybe what he did, he –” “He did it for the family. Right?” And eventually she falls into the same trap that Walt does in Season One — the trap of believing her own lies. “I think that — he earned it gambling. Walt and I, uh — we’ve had our problems lately. You know that. And, uh, what it all came down to really was money. For better or worse, he wanted to provide.” But these lies aren’t hypocrisy; they’re self-preservation — she’s trying to make an unliveable situation
livable. “Someone has to protect this family from the
man who protects this family.” Season 4 Skyler is in full-blown accomplice
mode, and not surprisingly, she’s really good at
it. “If you’re gonna launder money, Walt, at least do it right.” She manipulates Bogdan into agreeing to sell the car wash. “He’ll call. Ahem. Just wait.” She’s so thorough that she prints out an entire
script to make sure that their gambling story holds up for Hank. “The next logical question Hank will probably
ask is: ‘Where are you getting the money?’ To which I’ll say: ‘We want to tell you the whole story, it’s a doozy, so hold on to your hats.'” But when Hank compliments Gale Botticher, Walt almost undoes the cover up Skyler’s worked
on, just because his professional pride is wounded. “Genius? Not so much. To my eye, all this brilliance looks like
nothing more than just simple rote copying, probably of someone else’s work.” So Skyler turns out to be better at Walt’s game than he is. “How did Hank find out?” “It was me. I screwed up.” Skyler’s altercation with Ted Beneke repeats this same situation. Skyler provides Ted the money he needs to pay the IRS, but he immediately spends it on flashy purchases. “Three hours after leaving my office.” “He bought a Mercedes SL550.” While all of Skyler’s actions are calculated to help herself and others, the men in her life are primarily occupied with their own self-image. “So buying that car? That was protecting your family?” At every turn, Skyler has to navigate the
prejudice, unfairness and at times idiocy of a world that is built to accommodate men with big, fragile egos. At the end of Season 4, Skyler comes to know
firsthand that Walt is more than capable of murder. “You’re gonna show some kind of mild relief that I’m alive?” “I am relieved, Walt. And scared.” “Scared of what?” “You.” “Say hello to my little friend!” For those who are still wondering why she doesn’t go to the police at this point
— the answer is pretty obvious. “All I can do is wait.” “Waiting for what? What are you waiting for?” “For the cancer to come back.” Because of the Breaking Bad tone, the circumstances of Skyler’s abuse may feel mythical and slightly comical in
some ways, but the feelings portrayed by Anna Gunn are very real and tragic. “I can’t go to the police, I can’t stop laundering the money, I can’t keep you out of this house, I can’t even keep you out of my bed.” Breaking Bad eventually pushes us to wonder if we might have chosen the wrong side. Anna Gunn wrote that she came to conclude people’s hatred of Skyler had “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.” The way each of us reacted to Skyler may have
said more about us than it did about the character. Yet it became clear that because viewers tended to see Skyler as an obstacle to Walt’s plans, her character inspired sympathy most when Walt did not. The more invested we are in Walt, the more inclined we are to judge Skyler unfairly
— and the more horrified or disillusioned we get with Walt, the more we can acknowledge the terrible life that Skyler’s persevering through. So the writers masterfully played us when it came to this couple — not once, but twice. They gave us a man who was turning irredeemably evil, fast — and somehow they got us on his side and made us stay on his side much longer than seemed possible. And they gave us a woman who was strong, mistreated and trying to keep her family alive. They gave us all the facts, and somehow, we ignored them. “You need to understand–” “If I have to hear one more time that you did this for the family –” “I did it for me.” Hey guys, it’s Susannah and Debra here. Thank you so much for watching. If you’re new here, please subscribe, tell all your friends, and please consider clicking the bells so you get notifications for all of our new
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100 Comments

  • Reply The Take March 31, 2018 at 3:01 pm

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  • Reply chong brown August 18, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    i always thought skyler was bright and beautiful. think as hard as you can you’ll never come up with a better wife for walt.

  • Reply Jovan M August 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Man is the dominant one, has been since the beginning of time. He provides and defends, women love and care.
    Balanced, as all things should be.

  • Reply F4ARY August 18, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    walking bad

  • Reply F4ARY August 18, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    basically it's all about "you hate her because she's a woman". Yea miss me with that fucking shit

  • Reply Mario August 18, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I agree with the idea that Skyler was an annoying wife, but she always stood behind her husband. She lived the life he gave her, as boring as it was. Then he went out there and became a drug dealer and people piss on her while she is being perfectly normal under the circumstances, and remaining responsible despite the horrible circumstances he brought upon her. Masterfully written, really!

  • Reply kompetenzpartner August 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    yes! so much yes! thank you fo this!

  • Reply Chaz Mercedes August 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Okay… But what about I.F.T.?

  • Reply Chaz Mercedes August 18, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I did not like how this video NEVER mentioned Skyler fucking Ted. I personally believe that's what set the chaos in motion. Literally in the Netflix description for the episode "I.F.T." it says her affair is causing chaos.

  • Reply Mina Monet August 18, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    If Skyler was conventionally attractive, like if looked like Barbie doll (similar to how Marie looked like a Teresa doll) she would definitely not get as much hate as she did from the fans. There's a chance she would even be looked at as some alternate version of Elle from 'Legally Blonde' if that were the case.

  • Reply Wendy French August 19, 2019 at 6:16 am

    I liked her before the nose job

  • Reply neumannben17 August 19, 2019 at 8:07 am

    I

    Fucked

    Ted

  • Reply thewilderbritt August 19, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I was always sympathetic of her. She's strong and so intelligent.

  • Reply D A V VE T E R A N VE T E R A N August 19, 2019 at 11:22 am

    unsubbed you suck

  • Reply Bill Vang August 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    na i just dont like her.

  • Reply Jay Saenz August 19, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Marrying Skyler was Walter's biggest mistake…his family was his cage. In season 1 I don't think that these 2 people were in love… actually… it's weird that I we got more flashbacks about Gretchen and Walt than about Skyler and Walt… Gretchen was Walter's true love. Skyler is the the rock that pushed him down. Deep down Walter hates Skyler.

  • Reply Jay Saenz August 19, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Skyler and Marie are 2 examples of toxic feminity… controlling, manipulating, lying, selfish…but you never address that. When it comes to male characters you quickly point out their flaws as toxic masculinity…but with women…they are always the innocent victims regardless of their actions. I hate double standards.

  • Reply lyrica musica August 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    This video is a feminist trash.

  • Reply Monochrome August 19, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    After seeing her picture at 14:13 the only thing I can think is that she would be a good Joker from Flashpoint (aka Martha Kane or Bruce Wayne's Mother) where bruce died instead of is parents his father becomes Batman while his mother became the Joker. Albeit I don't know how that would work if it was either a movie or a quick one-off but still, if the shoe fits.

  • Reply jevon39 August 20, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Um…she f#@ Ted

  • Reply jevon39 August 20, 2019 at 12:12 am

    You are the writer who is masterfully manipulating people

  • Reply Bad Lemon Cranko August 20, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I don't get why people hate her.

  • Reply Geralt of Rivia August 20, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I didn't have a opinion on her in seasons 1 and 2
    I hated her in season 3 and I loved her in seasons 4 and 5

  • Reply John DeVeaux August 20, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    How do you not mention her affair? Because none of this stuff in your video, and I love your videos, is the reason why I hated skylar. Her dominance of Walt was Walt’s fault he let that happen. But her affair was unforgivable. That made her just as hatable as Walt to me. From that point on I was done with her. And I’m pretty sure that when most other people were done with her too.

  • Reply Cross Tran August 20, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I watched Breaking Bad the second time just a few weeks past and I started to like Skyler White and Jessie Pinkman. As before that I also watched Game of Thrones again the 4th time and I also started to like Cersei Lannister. For those TV shows that are as detailly spectacular as GoT and Breaking Bad, every character has their own side of the tale and own character development, I think that is how people need to look at a TV show before starting to like bad characters, not villains but bad characters.

  • Reply Ariel Cheyenne August 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    This video is why I'm about to go binge "Breaking Bad!" I like to wait for all the hype to die and then watch the "box set" 😉
    The Take is a recent discovery and I'm officially a fan, thank you for your insight!

  • Reply Colette de la Creme August 20, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Skyler is the perfect, responsible, sensible, level headed wife. I wish I had a wife just like her. I didn't even know people hated her until someone told me it was a thing. I would get so mad every time one of the stupid men fucked up all her hard work. If you're struggling financially in your sad human life, you're definitely going to do things like know which credit card to not use and save money on fake bacon, or anything else. That's just REAL, and plenty of people RIGHT NOW are living that life. That said, of course I want to see Walt murder the fuck out of all kinds of shitty people. Why? Because I have zero illusions that I'm a "good" person. But, like any smart or lazy murderer, I let someone else do the murdering FOR me, and if it's fake murdering, that's even better because then I can really enjoy it and not even have to feel guilty afterwards. God, the murders on this show have been SO satisfying. What's a girl to do?

  • Reply Omar Ali August 21, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I hated skylar because she didn’t mind taking the money as long as their was no danger involved. Every time she came back around it was the safest point. We blame Walt for using his family as an excuse to cook, by the why don’t we blame skylar for using her family as a way to disrupt us from viewing her as who she could really be? She took blood money as long the blood wasn’t on there when she took it, used it to escape her own jail time from booking at beneke (which had nothing to do with Walt) and used to pay off hanks bills (hank could’ve gotten shot up and would’ve probably ended up taking down Tuco even without Walt being there) she blamed Walt for everything but without Walt’s money Walt would’ve been dead from cancer and she would’ve been arrested.

  • Reply Droemar August 21, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Right around the time Breaking Bad was getting big, my father was arrested for possession of child porn. He got five years, tanked his career, lost his wife, destroyed his family relationships, lost all of his savings, and upended his entire life.
    Why?
    My father said that my mother, who had survived breast cancer and gotten a double mastectomy, was to blame because it had made her unattractive. So it was her fault, y'see. There's nothing you can't blame on a woman.
    So Walter White's whole deal had utterly no glamour for me. I realize it's a popular narrative for white guys especially to be able to call the shots and be authoritative, and that the masculine dream is not domestic family life. Skyler is representative of that domestic life, and therefore she became a lightning rod for misogony.
    There was nothing you couldn't blame on her. She was a bitch, a shitty wife, she cheated on Walt, etc. etc. as if there were anything that somehow mitigated Walt's decisions to utterly fucking destroy his family in the first place.
    Life's pretty convenient when you have somebody to blame isn't it?

  • Reply TwistyMouse 6659 August 21, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Shes a karen its a fucking karen

  • Reply Blaster Games August 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Skyler ''suffering'' ( cuz of walter actions ) is goddamn exaggerate
    Same stupidity is to say Walter is some kind of devil, I mean he is not a sait but hey devil a big word for this character.

    Skyler:
    First seasons maniac of control
    Last seasons panic issues, unstable…

    This video started perfect, but towards the end sucked hard.
    notice some feminist bullshit in it.

  • Reply svdd sosa August 22, 2019 at 4:19 am

    In life you have street niggas/females and civilians. Skyler wanted to be a civilian. She’s only hated cuz of the “ i want to love the main character” dick rider shit. She’s a good charcter no matter how much the majority wants to deny it.

    Some people want to be illegal and some people want to legal.

    Thats that.

  • Reply Kai_Mul August 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    tbh I hated her from the very start she never seemed to listen to Walt and actually take his thoughts into account. This is obvious from the very beginning when Walt says that he isn't sure about having the cancer treatment and she starts more or less forcing him and guilt-tripping him into having it. Like if the man wants to die peacefully and not go through the trauma that is chemotherapy then let him. Towards the end sure I do feel more sympathetic towards her but she still never really actually listens to Walt. In my opinion at least.

  • Reply Nilly Nush August 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    the fact that this bitch took her pregnant self over to jesse's (a drug dealer) house in season 1 put her straight into the garbage. What the hell are you doing trying to confront someone while pregnant you dummy.

  • Reply TheVerucAssault August 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    I empathized with Skylar and think Lori from the Walking Dead is a far worse female character.

  • Reply Perfumaphilia August 22, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Of course I felt empathy for Skyler, and know she didn't deserve what happened to her and her family. But as a character, I just found her to be incredibly annoying for reasons I can't entirely put my finger on. Also, I thought she should have shown Walt a little more compassion and understanding in the beginning when he was distancing himself from the family. There were times when she acted like a total bitch without any reason and I often didn't feel the genuine love of a wife coming from her (maybe that was Anna Gunn's acting, but it was probably how the character was written).

    At the end of the day, Breaking Bad is a very male-centered show and Walt is the ultimate anti-hero. It centers on the dissolution of a man's life, and the ways men deal with pain, desperation, regret, powerlessness, and being stripped of their identity and utility. It's no surprise that Skyler couldn't put herself in his shoes.

  • Reply Alicia Nieto August 22, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Long story short, especially in the beginning. If you are a woman, you can´t win.

  • Reply Caligula's Love Boat August 22, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Skyler's a vain hypocrite with venomous instincts. She's a classic example of the toxic control freak. Her egotism was just as big, if not bigger than Walt's, leading her to dominate him at the outset of the series and serve as the main source of his low self-esteem. She ignores Walt's deep personal crisis because all she cares about is that her control of the household is maintained. Later on you can see her begin to relish the newfound power of Walt's drug business, as it returns to her the ego she lost when her husband liberated himself from her control.
    Your feminist bias has led you to rationalize away her ugly character traits by papering over them with excuses, or even outright ignoring them. Case in point: you don't even mention her infamous affair with Ted at all, let alone that she did it almost entirely out of malice. This crucial detail demonstrates that, much like Walt, her priority was never what was best for her family, but rather her ego and lust for control.

  • Reply Kokoa 404 August 22, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Bullshit, i hated skyler because she was always cold, never sweet with Walter in his birthday, not even when he was just a normal science teacher, she cheated on him (weird, you never mentioned that) despite him having cancer and being on the verge of death, and even told him to die already, yes obviously walter wasn't a great husband i think every character in the serie deserves some hate, but i felt inclined to hate skyler not because she was a "strong woman" but because she was a horrible person with walter and walter slowly became a bad husband too but damn, skyler was like that since the very beginning

  • Reply N Cybr August 22, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    People who hate Skylar's character and wish she never appeared in the series, have completely missed the point of the entire show. She has a character arc that is very important, if not as important as Walt's .

  • Reply Contrapunctus XV August 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    After starting a re-watch I can say that Skyler unlikeableness starts already in E01. And it's not about "proper man/woman", it's basically about what image Skyler has of Walt. She views him as an invalid that's in her care, anything he does that's against her will she expressively dislikes. In E05 is a good example of how she only shows Walt affection after he comply's with her will of treatment although Walt, Hank and Marie all think otherwise. Their relationship from the start is a classic example of a woman with need for control and a man not bothered if he's trampled over. When Walter challenges her dominance in the household she obviously take note. The hate for Skyler is most likely from a point of respect, few people want a relationship where one of the partners is behaving like the others parent.

    Then there are people like Elliot who enjoys being the submissive part of the relationship and likes being treated like a kid (Again E05 Elliots birthday party…). Walt and Skyler should never have gotten married.

  • Reply Michelle Foucault August 23, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    When it comes to ideology, people identify with power and in turn hate those that are perceived as ordinary or weak. However, the reality is most of us would probably react like Skyler if we found out that our partner or spouse was doing the awful things Walter was doing.

  • Reply blurryperson August 23, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    It seems kind of convenient the whole saga with Benneke was left out. That was completely on her. She went out of her way to launder for him because she wanted his attention way before she knew about Walt's activities

  • Reply Emma Emerson August 23, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    What… I never liked Walt's character. No sympathy for drug dealers… I thought the wife character was spot on, except she should have reported him to her brother in law.. Now this was not Stockholm syndrome… Not entirely… So what her children found out about their dad… What about other children being abused when adults are high around them, due to Walt's actions. It goes deeper than the Me to reach self actualization… She had her own selfishness.. By wanting her son not to know… But we are all flawed. Great series….. I watch twice.. They were all so convincing… Even Skyler weight gain from the stress.. Which they could have addressed…

  • Reply Emma Emerson August 23, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Ty for this video..

  • Reply seafood August 23, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Skyler is innocent you dinguses

  • Reply Brkz August 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    naaaa fuck skyler

  • Reply Matthew Newman August 24, 2019 at 12:53 am

    you are overthinking. shes simply annoying.

  • Reply vipertact August 24, 2019 at 5:04 am

    First time I watched BB I thought Skyler was reacting as a normal person would to their spouse doing shady things behind their back.
    Never got why people hated on her so bad.

  • Reply Buggy Fool August 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I hated the character but the actor who played her did a great job

  • Reply Dick Hippo August 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Na you looked too deep it’s just rbf

  • Reply Leonardo cook August 24, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    She was a unsupportive bitch and she cheated. If I was a cartel leader I’d have her killed. Can’t trust her not to be a whore definitely wouldn’t trust her in a drug empire. Stupid harlot WILL betray you. El cartél no perdona.

  • Reply Luke August 25, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Smoking while pregnant is a feminine sin.

    Who wrote this gay shit?

  • Reply Jordan Sullivan August 25, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Well she's a buzzkill, but she's absolutely in the right. That's what makes her such a great character — we should absolutely sympathize with her, but we don't because she's constantly getting in the way of Walt's plans to cook meth.

    Walt still sees himself fundamentally as this family man throughout almost the entire series, but Skyler is a constant reminder that that is complete BS. He likes the excitement and rush of doing psychopathic and illegal things, and we as viewers do as well, so every time he has scenes with Skyler, we see the disconnect between what Walt thinks he cares about, and what he actually cares about. idk it's a tricky one.

  • Reply Andrea Tock August 25, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Of course Breaking Bad is one of the greatest shows ever made, but god, I hated Walt so much!!!

  • Reply corhydron111 August 25, 2019 at 11:32 am

    And he tries to rape her in like episode 7? Why do people pretend not to see it for that?

  • Reply Bobdunga August 25, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Man the hate for Skylar was so unwarranted

  • Reply ZAMZ August 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I dislike her and feel bad for her at the same time. An actress that can make a viewer feel that way is amazing at her job for sure (:

  • Reply Piyakhe Bison II August 25, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    This was cool!! Great writing and acting! Awesomeness!!

  • Reply Amber Snow August 25, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I loved Skylar. Walter was the one who really pisses me off

  • Reply Mordecai August 25, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I never managed to get into this show, after I watched this i think probably in large part because of this. I remember my comment on the first scene where we see the family having a meal was: oh so they are all kinda assholes, great!
    Skyler while impatient and sometimes annoying, in the end is always trying and keeping everything together while her husband is too immature to handle things.
    How ever in the first few episodes I did watch, they didnt manage to get me on Walters side, so the show just seemed annoying to me.

  • Reply Siân August 25, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I could never get into this show. The Americans was brilliant though.

  • Reply Jrod TDK August 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    She’s like Chichi from Dragon Ball Z

  • Reply actionman935 August 25, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Skyler loved the abuse! ;- b

  • Reply RockSmith1988 August 25, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    You should do a video about Debbie Gallagher I absolutely loathe her.

  • Reply Maggie Ponce August 26, 2019 at 12:35 am

    It's incredibly unfair that it being such a natural progression for a tough woman in an impossible situation, she's so hated.
    This is a society which prizes narcissism as something charming and strong, until people suffer the consequences and change their minds about it all.

  • Reply Redneck Lisa August 26, 2019 at 1:28 am

    I couldn't stand her through the whole movie. The part where her and her sister fighting when she was trying to take away Holly, all that screaming, literall;y made me scream out loud.

  • Reply MEME Lord August 26, 2019 at 2:00 am

    i have just finished watching ss 2 and im just indifferent to her, i dont like or hate her, at some point i see this woman is miserable.
    guess i will change my opinion after other seasons ? maybe

  • Reply Donnie Darko August 26, 2019 at 2:48 am

    She went along for the ride. Not innocent. Not virtuous.

  • Reply TECHNICS TECHNISHION August 26, 2019 at 11:08 am

    She’s hot

  • Reply Charlie C August 26, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I genuinely think that most of the vitriol levied at Skyler was because she looks skeletal. Which sucks because she looks like a real person rather than 'L.A. Lady #3467'.

  • Reply Kristien Whitneyjohns August 26, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I think its telling that the only examples of walt treating Skylar badly all come from the later end of the final season..

  • Reply Kristien Whitneyjohns August 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    "The things skylar mostly nags walt about is finding money for his trratment"
    You mean that treatment that he didnt want? That treatment that everyone supported him in not wanting? That treatment she forced white to have by emotionally manipulating and abusing him?
    You mean that treatment?

  • Reply Kristien Whitneyjohns August 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    The problem with skylar is that she was just such a horrible person. Not evil. Just really horrible and nasty

  • Reply 1717Dave August 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Breaking Bad is one of the shows where no character is on a moral pedestal; each character has done something morally reprehensible, and have paid the price for it, and Skylar is no exception. 
    A lot of her hate, especially in the later seasons, borders on victim blaming, which seems like the simplest way of navigating a serious situation that's anything, but simple. It's easy to excuse the actions of an abuser, especially someone as sympathetic as Walt, and condemn the victim for not doing something that should be obvious, and at worst, saying she deserves the abuse because of it. And now, anything she does will be viewed through the lens of someone incapable of being anything but a nuisance, condemning those who are lost to never return. Skylar is not my favorite character, yet I still wished life would cut her a break for once, both in and outside the show.

  • Reply Ash August 26, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    The reason people hated Skylar was because they failed to recognize the relationship she and Walter always had. She was a dominating personality who "wore the pants". This didn't sit well with many male audience members. She reacted poorly for her husband's change in personality. She was a type 1 personality who went disliked the change and worse failed to accommodate to the change in Walt's personality ( him being a type 2 personality). We saw it even before she knew about him as a meth chemist.
    For better or worse we all ESPECIALLY women are creatures of ego. Men need it but women even more so. What the creators of this video fail recognize is that Skylar failed to stroke Walter's ego even when he stroked hers. She failed to be there for him when he needed it most ( cancer patients are extremely depressed, they need more love and support than newly borns). 

    She made him feel inadequate in a classical role as provider and husband, but she ultimately paid the price and then some. She failed to see why his ego wouldn't allow him to take money from former partners, even more so she was pissed he refused her because she failed to see past just putting out the fire to what caused it. The creators of this video failed to see that what she was originally in their marriage wasn't a strong wife, but a dominating one. That made him push her away even farther, made her an obstacle for him to cross rather than a life line in a time of need. The money made he brought in kept her from calling the cops initially, because it pleased her, it met her goals of helping their differently abled son and fetus in the long run. That decision cost her everything. She too was caught up with ego. It's not just the men, but her ego was much less obvious when she became a prisoner in her own home. It led her to control the one thing she could; her body- so she slept with another man because she felt it freed her even for a little bit.

    Walter on the other hand felt "alive" when cooking meth. Why? Because he got the ego boost he had been looking for years ( "this is art"). He felt appreciated he felt loved and he felt like he was fulfilling the obligation of a classical male role. He failed to see his wrongs because of the euphoria he got from feeling appreciated and the ego boost, much like holding on to partner who is great at sex and you fail to see they aren't good for you initially. These are things typically seen after finding someone you love. That is telling. More so it is damning for Skylar because it reveals he didn't receive that at home with her. A person with cancer should never have to feel unloved, unappreciated, and like they let their loved ones down by simply getting cancer ( all feelings Walter felt). But Skylar as a partner never helped relieve any of those issues instead put on a brave face and tried to just get through it ( like eating those veggie Bacons strips; holding their nose and eating it like an obligation rather than an honor). That is why I personally hated the character of Skylar.

  • Reply jessesam August 27, 2019 at 2:28 am

    most of skylers dislike is form her cheating ……thats something hardly anyone is going to over look…… if she didnt cheat then people would cut her some slack….

  • Reply Ralph Joseph RJM August 27, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I watched breaking bad just this year and I actually liked Skyler except when she chooses to destroy herself rather than doing something about the situation.
    I didn't know a lot people hated her. I read the comments and it doesn't seem like many people don't like Skyler.

    I think this video is over-reacting about the peoples hate on her. Any character in any movie have haters who would say comments such as what Skyler just had.
    Could it be that this video is just a tool to push the idea that men hate women?
    Aren't they trying to imply that whatever Skyler did, people still hated her (when a lot of people in the comments doesn't seem to be saying the same experience they had when they watched her.)

    Honestly, Marie is the more dislikable character I might say.

  • Reply Robert Grimley August 27, 2019 at 6:09 am

    One thing you purposely forgot was Skyler had and was having an affair. Now I do admit that Walter is a bad guy but all she had to do was leave, that's right, leave, take some money and leave. When she got somewhere safe (?) she informs the authorities and goes into protection. Of course that would make for a short and lousy series. Don't paint her as a saint, she wasn't, but she sure didn't have to go down the road she did. You calling people misogynists is on you because she was controlling not strong as a lot of women are when they get married. If she was so strong how did she fall so fast and so low? I have no problems with Anna Gunn's portrayal because I felt it added so much more flavor to the series. The character made some very bad decisions and blamed everyone else just like Walter.

  • Reply Ghost St Patrick August 27, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Am I the only one thats thinks skyler can suck the soul out of a dick?

  • Reply Yeet Army August 27, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I like skyler

  • Reply daniel corrales August 28, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I hated Walter waaaaaay more then skyler not gonna lie

  • Reply B August 28, 2019 at 3:52 am

    When I first watched the show I was annoyed at Skyler, then grew to like her as Walt went bad… now that I am rewatching it, I still find her annoying but way less so… she’s too controlling but because she genuinely cares for Walt

  • Reply Bitz Leonard August 28, 2019 at 8:36 am

    is there anyone feels that Skylar looks like Lisa Sparxxx??? A MILF porn star who held the guinness record of fucking over 900 man in a single day

  • Reply Vance Wallace August 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Pretty fucked up how much these asshole's language mirrors that of Trump's when talking about women.

  • Reply fuck2016 August 28, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Skylar was just so unlikable I’m not sorry

  • Reply Fortress Europa August 28, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Oh shut the fuck up.

  • Reply NikkiRen August 28, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I did not care for Skyler for most of the show. Anna acted wonderfully. Skyler was intelligent and cunning in her own way, they just made us love Walt more. She was a great mom though. Who I Truly hated- that damned Lori Grimes. Gawd that woman was Worthless!!! Garbage mom, garbage wife. She could have learned a lot from Skyler 😎

  • Reply Gracie Pearson Poulter August 28, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Skyler was perfect.
    She could have turned Walt in and ran away with the kids. She could have broke bad completely herself.
    Instead, she wearily tread that line between good and evil for a very long time, sometimes breaking her down mentally to the point she couldn't get out of bed. And she truly did it for her family – whereas we know Walt didn't do everything for his family. He did it for him.
    Skyler was the entire foundation of the family. And if you still hate Skyler, watch Better Call Saul and start saying 'FUCK CHUCK' instead, losers. Any sane wife would do what Skyler did.

  • Reply Michael Wright August 28, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    The movie coming out is gonna be great.

  • Reply Atomic TV August 29, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Anna Gunn is a great actor but holy fuck I hated Skyler so much

  • Reply Max Spechter August 29, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Some people may dislike Skyler, but why Anna Gunn, she's so talented and gorgeous

  • Reply Thibault Gimel August 29, 2019 at 3:04 am

    insert Hank's laugh

  • Reply Sofija Jaglicic August 29, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Skyler is a brilliant character. She's not responsible for anything – Walter's shortcomings are his fault. Gunn's performance in the final seasons is breathtaking. (Marie is way worse)

  • Reply Connor Bower August 29, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I didn't hate Skyler until she screwed Ted and gave him all of Walter's money.

  • Reply Edi GG August 29, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I disklike Skylar because the actress is unreallistically unnattractive. Anna Gunn as a waitress was the woman that Walt sacrificed a billion dollar business in Gray matter is unbelievable.

  • Reply harry P August 29, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Didn't like her at all at any point throughout the entire show.

  • Reply warmassunnedcat August 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    or was it the fact that a generation of people grew up watching Cranston play Hal Wilkerson in Malcolm in the middle. Cranston basically played Walter White as Hal and everybody loved Hal. Also Walter and Hal were every-man lovable losers. Nothing to do with feminist Psycho bable people just wanted Walter/Hal to win for once. On the point of hating actors, well they are just idiots nothing more. Personally i thought the actors were great very believable.

  • Reply mkbits August 29, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I hated Skylar too. But also knew that loving Walt was completely twisted and evil on my part. Lol. Everything she did and said was justified when Walt admitted in the final episode why he made meth. The happy ending would have happened had Walt not been so crazy and kept the memento from Gale. She did so much to get their life back on track. Walt really did destroy their lives. Anna Gunn did an amazing job. The seen when Walt kidnaps Holly and makes that call… that was when I saw the love they had for each other. Anna knew Walt was a lost cause. Walt abdicated her. Such a great show. 😭

  • Reply r8nd0m Basketeer August 29, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    She just has this quality about her. The way her face is shaped….. Idk

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