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Why Skyler White Is The Worst Wife In The History of Anything

I hate Skyler White.  Hate.  Until recently, I had no idea anyone actually liked her.  I don’t know what Walt sees in her, except that she’s sort of pretty.  In a nutshell, Walter White’s wife a petty, selfish, demanding bitch who in no way practices what she preaches.  Let’s examine the facts, shall we?

When we meet Skyler, she is married to Walter White, a man roughly ten years older than she.  She was a waitress and he was…was he a teacher?  Or did he sell out his share in Grey Matter Industries because of her?  My guess is that he did—that Skyler was pregnant with Walt Jr. and he desperately needed the money.  Whether or not that’s true—we do know that while Skyler consistently complains about their finances, she has not kept a full-time job for the length of the show.  At the open, she’s a “short story writer.”  * eyeroll *  That aside, her birthday gift to Walt was a halfhearted hand job that involved no kissing and no eye contact.  Why be married at all if that’s how little passion you have for your spouse?

When Walt is diagnosed with cancer, Skyler is furious that he waited to tell her.  She doesn’t just tell him this, she grinds it into him like a smoldering cig in the arm.  She raves on and on about what she’s supposed to do, what she’s supposed to tell their son, how this affects her.  When she learns that her husband, with cancer, bought some pot—she flips out about it.  Seriously.  Flips out.  And why?  Because pot is illegal; and they are related to a DEA agent.  Never mind that Walt has cancer, or that medical marijuana is gaining in acceptance.  Never mind that Walt supports their whole family while she’s mainly in charge of complaining.  To Skyler, the illegality of pot is enough reason for her to chastise her husband, who supports her, like a child.  Ugh.

SW Suicide

During Season Two, Skyler actually has something to complain about.  Walt has a secret cell phone–which almost always means that a married man is having an affair.  Not sure why wives who refuse to have sex with their husbands are surprised when there’s an affair, but there you are.  I admit, I’d be pretty pissed about the whole fugue state lie.  But see, Skyler has already established herself as someone who is intolerant, judgmental and unyielding.  Her sister Marie is a serial shoplifter.  It’s obvious that Marie has deep seated emotional problems that she isn’t admitting.  Skyler does literally nothing to help her, raving once again that no one is thinking about Skyler’s feelings.  Marie should apologize to Skyler because Skyler was upset by Marie’s emotional problems.  Poor, poor Skyler.

As Skyler silently judges everyone she knows, she goes back to work part-time for a man whose sexual advances led her to quit the company previously.  Ted Beneke is a good-looking man who has even less respect for the rules than Walt.  Skyler and Beneke have an emotional affair.  Eventually, Skyler leaves Walt.  No, I don’t mean that she went out to get her own place, find suitable work, or do anything at all for herself.  She moves in with Hank and Marie—who Skyler is suddenly able to talk to again.

SW Affair

Eventually Walt is driven out of his own house by Skyler, who simply can’t abide any illegal activity.  She fails to communicate openly with her son, who is certainly old enough to be given some explanation for what’s going on.  Again, everything is about Skyler.  She sleeps with Ted, her boss.  Disgustingly, Mrs. White informs Walt of this as if her infidelity is some sort of punishment he deserves for daring to cause her unhappiness.  When it turns out that Ted Beneke is also a criminal and requires her help in cooking his books, Skyler suddenly and drastically changes her attitude about illegal activities and her role in them.  She helps Ted, cooks his books, and later, gives him over half a million dollars in cash—cash that she has stolen from her husband.

The next thing we know, Skyler wants total control.  She now knows all about Walt’s meth-related activities and wants to be intricately involved in every detail.  She contacts local business people and Saul Goodman without Walt’s knowledge or consent.  The woman who couldn’t shun her husband fast enough in the face of illegal behavior is now a black-mailing, money-laundering, accomplished liar.  After telling Marie and Hank the self-serving lie that Walt was a compulsive gambler—she’s affronted that Walk would actually tell the self-serving truth that she broke her marital vows with a criminal like Ted Beneke.

SW Dinner

In Season Five, one might be tempted to praise Skyler for the due diligence she displays in keeping her children safe.  But see, they aren’t any safer with Hank and Marie than they were at the White home.  Everybody in the drug world knows who Hank is, and Skyler knows that they do.  It’s really just another way for her to be punitive and controlling—and put out because she’s lost total control over her husband.  In the end, Skyler tells Walt that if he agrees to sending the children to live elsewhere, that she’ll stay and be whatever he wants her to be.  Walt accepts this.  But wait—did he ask her to be a complete bitch who drinks all the time and smokes around him?  Because that’s what she’s been doing.

Even if Skyler was a wonderful wife at the beginning of the show, telling your husband that you’re gonna sit back and wait for him to die of cancer?  That’s evil.  That’s has more evil intent than Gus Fring and Tuco Salamanca put together.  I really can’t imagine what Walter sees in her.  She’s a petty, heartless, controlling manipulator who thinks her personal feelings at a given moment matter more than anyone or anything else.

And that’s why I hate Skyler White.

–Wednes

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About Wednesday Lee Friday

Wednesday Lee Friday is a novelist and freelance writer currently living in Ann Arbor Michigan. Her fourth horror novel, The Finster Effect, is available now and features a plague of rats lending zombies the assist as they consume all life on the globe. Wednesday is a rabid fan and reviewer of quality movies and TV, a horror enthusiast, Simpsons fan, and internet get-about. She is also the managing editor of Under the Bed, a horror fiction monthly mag--part of the eFiction family.

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  • Ryan

    Agreed! I had considered Skyler a great name for a Girl, but I can’t do it because I don’t want people to think I named my kid after her.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    Same reason Joffery doesn’t really work for a boy anymore… ;-]

  • Josie

    What a gross, misogynistic article. You totally missed the point of the entire show. Congratulations.

  • gabrielle

    exactly.

  • Gabrielle

    This is ignorant and blatantly misogynistic. I have no idea what show you’re watching, but it’s not Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad.

  • Sam

    this is a fucking joke right? you do realize that walt is horribly abusive, yeah? skyler is a realistic character who is stuck with a man who has changed so much from the person she originally fell in love with. and he won’t just leave her be. she can’t get away from him and properly protect her children. she’s learning to adapt. this article is disgusting and horribly misogynistic. you should really rewatch the show and grasp it’s actual point.

  • jessepinkman

    WOW. This is just the most sexist, piece of garbage I have ever read about Skylar and that says a lot considering how insanely gross people are about her. First, you (all of us) know very little about anyone’s life pre-series so making assumptions about the why or how of them getting together is absurd. Never mind that Walt admits to sitting in her restaurant FAKING interest in something she enjoys day after day just to get a chance at her is creepy. I wonder how pushy he was with her into getting into a serious relationship then? An older man pressuring a younger woman. Skylar was an accountant until Walt assured her she didn’t need to work because he was too proud to admit he needed help financially. Then when he was diagnosed with cancer he lied to her about it, nearly died which would probably terrify a woman who was pregnant and had another child with a serious illness to look after. If Marie shoplifts because her deep rooted emotionally issues from growing up I wonder what Skylar ALSO went through. I could easily argue and destroy every point you make in this disgusting, misogynistic article of yours but I think my point is made. Walt is a drug dealing, murdering, child poisoning, sociopath. Skylar AT MOST is judgemental at times. SO OMG, SHE’S THE WORST EVER.

  • Skyler White Defense League

    You’re totally insane and a complete sexist pig. You do remember that Walt is the actual bad guy right? The actual criminal? The abusive man who puts his family into danger? Vince Gilligan himself has said that if you don’t like the wives of Breaking Bad you’re a misogynist. Congrats.

  • Cassandra7373

    Under the circumstances like well I don’t know, learning that her husband MAKES METH AND SELLS IT and the fact that Walt has created so much danger for the family and her kids I would say that Skylar’s behavior is perfectly acceptable. Walt is out of control and in case you haven’t been paying attention he is a complete asshole to everyone. Why are you attacking Skylar SHE DOESN’T HAVE THE INSIDE INFO THAT US VIEWERS DO. Try to see things from her perspective. Do you really expect her to be a loving wife doting on her husbands every need no matter what? Do you want to to mindlessly and silently go along with anything Walt wants?! Guess what she is a PERSON with a PERSONALITY and a will of her own much like every other single woman in the world. Do you want her to be a pathetic Bella Swan or a badass Cercei Lannister (she actually really reminds me of Cercei in a good way) I feel like you would hate Game of Thrones since *gasp* woman actually have personalities and a will of their own. Crazy right? This article is so stupid.

  • skylerwhiteyo

    Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, has outright said he believes Skyler White to be the hero of show like. You missed the whole point you missed all of the points. Not to mention how disgusting, ridiculous and hilarious all the things you cited as your reasons for hating Skyler are. This article is the actual worst.

  • jane k

    I was going to comment, but this one says everything I wanted to, so I will just second this.

    (also, I would point out to the writer of this article that Vince Gilligan thinks this reading of Skyler is inherently sexist, so it’s not just random internet commenters who think you’re wildly misreading this show.)

  • Gina

    This article is all kinds of deplorable, and clearly the author does not recognize that Skylar isn’t just a wife but a person, married to someone who abuses her greatly. Honestly just your phrasing which says she is the “worst wife” as if that’s all she is is extremely gross and removes all her agency. You’re entitled to your opinion, but not in the way you presented it. Not because Skylar was not the perfect doting wife who put up with her husbands abuse and lying with a smile on her face.

  • Alex B.

    wow, this article disgusts me. you’ve clearly missed the point of the show. Skylar’s behavior is acceptable because of the shit she’s gone through. So congratulations on being a misogynist.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    Aw, that can only mean that you didn’t take the time to read last season’s Game of Thrones reviews. Shame, that.

  • http://www.geekbinge.com/ Matthew Legarreta

    I actually like Skyler, but your guys arguments here are not helping anything. What phrase exactly points to misogyny? Please, enlighten me.

    Hating a strong female character doesn’t automatically make you a hater of all women. That’s like saying that, if you hate Hank, you hate all bald men. There’s logical reasons to dislike the character of Skyler—I may disagree with interpretations of certain things here, but in no way shape or form is this article misogynistic. Stop grasping at straws and actually provide a better argument.

  • Teresa Floyd

    Frankly I think that Breaking Bad, as much as I enjoy the show, is a horrible place to look for female characters. They are all written as flat stereotypes who can be described in just a few words and all seem to exist only in relation to their spouses and/or children: Walt’s Wife, Jesse’s Girlfriend, Jesse’s Mother. Jesse’s Dead Aunt. Hank’s Wife. Their relationships almost serve as names.

    So if relation to a partner is the way to look at them, then Skyler White is the unsupportive partner to Walt White and rather neglectful mother to their children, one of whom has a disability (I love his character, by the way).

    This is not to say that all wives must always support their husbands, but it sure is nice in the real world when people can feel that their spouses have their backs and are likely to give good counsel.

    Walt appears to have given up his share in a very lucrative business because of his wife. Then his concern for his family led him into an illegal activity. I get the feeling that he had very good reasons to not be honest and upright with his wife. I think he would have met anger and scorn the moment he told her his diagnosis.

    I do believe there is misogyny about, but I think it lies in the horrible way the women are written to start with.

  • http://www.geekbinge.com/ @JeremySollie

    I wasn’t going to comment on this, but following on the onslaught of comments that merely say “this article is bad” or “this article is misogynistic,” I figured I would try a more level-headed, point-by-point approach.

    To start off, you begin the article in the second paragraph by making an assumption that Skyler is the reason Walt sold his share in Gray Matter. That’s a very odd assumption to make given that it’s been shown numerous times that Walt’s problems with Gray Matter come from his problems with Gretchen and Elliot, possibly that Gretchen was beginning a relationship with Elliot. But I’ll move on to the real meat on the bones.

    Skyler has never kept a full-time job but complains about finances? She offers to get a job as soon as she finds out about Walt’s cancer, but (correct me if I’m wrong people who’ve seen season 1 more recently than I) I think that Walt tells her not to out of pride and creates the Elliot/Gretchen lie. So she gets one is season three, but shortly upon working there finds out there is some shady bookkeeping happening. And instead of continuing to work at a place she knows is doing illegal business, which could possibly bring investigation in to her family and drug lord husband, she briefly helps out and then stops working there (I’m also pretty sure that happens in the scene where she breaks things off with Ted, but once again, correct me if I’m wrong people who’ve seen season 3 more recently than I). But Skyler is good at her job, which we see repeatedly, and when she starts running the car wash at the end of season four, we see that she does a great job there as well. And she is continuing to work there as we enter the new season.

    Skyler is upset and wants an apology from Marie because Skyler was almost arrested for shoplifting at the store. Regardless of deepseated emotional issues (or maybe Marie just likes to steal?), that’s enough to arbor a grudge against someone, especially after they try to act like it never happened. When she moves in with them following her affair with Ted, it’s not because “she can suddenly talk to them again,” it’s because that happened two seasons ago and people move on.

    Skyler having an affair with Ted is maybe something you can chastise her for, even though it’s going against her awful, awful husband. But saying she suddenly decides to be against illegal activity with the books is crazy, because you just said she went on and on about Walt smoking marijuana (not true, he non-chalantly told a massive lie to his wife).

    I do notice you leave out the arc at the start of season two where Walt leaves home one night, kidnapped by Crazy-8, and returns home saying he’s in a fugue state, as well as the whole ‘second cell phone’ and multiple nights he’s away from home, away from his wife and family. You also leave out that Walt has killed almost twenty people now, including blowing up two buildings, poisoning a child, letting a girl choke to death on her vomit, and that he cooks crystal meth and for a long time kept a gun in his infant daughter’s nursery. But Skyler wanting that person dead, even though he’s her husband, makes her the worst person on the show? (You don’t say this, but when you say she’s worse than Gus Fring and Hector Salamanca, the former who possibly orders a hit on a child at the end of season three and the latter who kills a man in cold blood in the flashback from season four, it means that she is.) This whole time she’s been trying to keep the family together, not telling Jr. because she wants him to retain whatever dignity he has for his father, negotiating ways for Walt to co-exist and still see his family despite the fact that he’s a murdering maniac. When she tells him she’s waiting for the cancer to come back, I almost cheered at the TV. Because it was Skyler finally turning the tables on the man who brought all of these problems on to her shoulders (some she handled well, some she didn’t) and that, as we see hinted at the start of season five is possibly raping her. (Watch the ends of the first two season five episodes.)

    Skyler is a bad person because she has realistic, human flaws but Walt is just Walt because at least he’s providing for his family when you get past cooking meth, telling his elderly neighbor to go into his house to distract the two hired killers, running over two drug dealers, letting a girl choke to death, poisoning a child, blowing up a nursing home, putting a drug-addicted partner back into cooking crystal meth repeatedly, hiding a gun in his infant daughter’s nursery, etc? I guess we’ll just have to disagree on this one.

    (And note that even though I wrote this, I’m not angry or anything. I just vehemently disagree with this article. Maybe I’ll write something in the future that you’ll feel similar about.)

    Team Skyler

    [edit:] And I don’t really think it’s misogyny, rather a complete misreading of a character, but the accusations are probably comes from the ‘stand by your man no matter what’ slant of the piece, and that a lot of the “Skyler is a bad person,” stuff comes from “Skyler is a bad wife,” as if those two are inherently related. I don’t think this piece is misogynist, though.

  • Karen

    First of all, the subtext of this article is “Skyler White is a bad wife and therefore a bad person”. Walt is also a shitty husband and yet, do you think that there would be ever be an article about a male character with the premise “X is a bad husband and therefore a bad person/bad character”? It’s a sexist premise that a woman is a good or bad person/character based on whether or not she is a good wife (or mother). A woman’s worth should not be based on what kind of wife she is.

    But if you want more specifics about WHY this article is sexist, let me help you out. First of all “bitch” is a sexist slur. And the fact that the writer of this piece uses it when talking about Skyler is not doing much to persuade me that her hatred of Skyler isn’t deeply rooted in misogyny. But let me break some of this down for you (C&P’d from my tumblr where I initially reacted to this article).

    “When we meet Skyler, she is married to Walter White, a man roughly
    ten years older than she. She was a waitress and he was…was he a
    teacher? Or did he sell out his share in Grey Matter Industries because
    of her? My guess is that he did—that Skyler was pregnant with Walt Jr.
    and he desperately needed the money.”

    Cute. Making up some head canon implying that Skyler ~trapped~ Walt in the relationship. Typical sexist shit.

    “Not sure why wives who refuse to have sex with their husbands are surprised when there’s an affair, but there you are.”

    Right. Because husbands own their wives bodies and if they don’t want
    to have sex with their husbands, then the husbands are totally
    justified in having an affair!

    “She sleeps with Ted, her boss. Disgustingly, Mrs. White informs Walt
    of this as if her infidelity is some sort of punishment he deserves for
    daring to cause her unhappiness. When it turns out that Ted Beneke is
    also a criminal and requires her help in cooking his books, Skyler
    suddenly and drastically changes her attitude about illegal activities
    and her role in them. She helps Ted, cooks his books, and later, gives
    him over half a million dollars in cash—cash that she has stolen from
    her husband.”

    Let’s break this down. Skyler sleeps with Ted to prove to Walt that
    he doesn’t own her completely. He can force his way back into their home
    against her will, but he can’t control what she does with her own body.
    And wow, the reason that Skyler gave the money to Ted WAS TO SAVE
    WALT’S OWN ASS. If the IRS investigated Ted, they’d start looking into
    her own finances which, surprise! Are super shady because of Walt’s
    involvement in the drug business.

    “Even if Skyler was a wonderful wife at the beginning of the show,
    telling your husband that you’re gonna sit back and wait for him to die
    of cancer? That’s evil.”

    Nope. Sorry. It’s not evil for the victim of abuse to wish that her
    abuser would die. AND YES. The abuse isn’t physical, but if you don’t
    think that Walt is emotionally abusive to Skyler then you are just
    ignorant.

    Does this make things clearer for you? This article is a sexist piece of garbage that shows that the writer has limited critical thinking skills and completely misses the point of the show.

  • Leanne

    I can’t believe i’m the only person that actually 100% agrees with your article. She is a very selfish woman at times, and one of the only times she isn’t is when she believes Walt to be a danger to her children, and wants them to be somewhere safer. (Just not around him) I find her character annoying more than anything. She harps on to Walt about his lies and his wrong doings.. she also does awful things. She has an affair, she agreed to cook Ted’s books, and then she perverts the course of justice to ensure Ted doesn’t go to prison because she doesn’t want it to come out that she was involved. It doesn’t take her long to get over what she has done to Ted either. She accepted what Walt does and then tries to work along side him. She wasn’t forced into doing so, she offered to be a part of it. I think the key thing to remember is that Walt originally started cooking Meth because he got Cancer and was frightened that his family wouldn’t be provided for. He wanted money and it seemed the perfect solution. He got in over his head and yes, it changed him.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    The fugue state is indeed mentioned above. I do say that Skyler has valid things to complain about. But instead of moving out and starting her own life, she stayed around as if she had no choice. Even when she supposedly fears for her and her children’s lives–she doesn’t take them and leave. She had signed divorce papers, she never filed them. I’ve seen nothing to indicate that this is based on some deep love she feels for Walt. She literally has a pallet full of money and can leave any time she wants. She doesn’t.

    I was fascinated to learn what a misogynist I am though. I wish I’d known before all those planned parenthood escort gigs. I could have saved myself a couple of arrests.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    I think you’re looking at this all wrong. It’s a TERRIBLY hateful article. The ONLY right thing to do here is to pass it around to everyone you know–so they all know how AWFUL I am. People who use name-calling instead of reasoned disagreement are very clever and should be coming here in droves to share their love for Skyler White.

    I’m sure if Vince Gilligan were here, he’d be calling me a pig too.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    Wait, so there’s never been an article about a man who is a bad husband and therefore a bad person? Interesting…I could have sworn I’ve read that about Tony Soprano, Don Corleone, Nucky Thompson, Rick Grimes, and yes, Walter White. That isn’t the topic of the article. The topic of the article was Why I Hate Skyler White.

    By the way, “I think X and if you don’t, you’re Y” is an amazing argument. Should serve you well if you ever enter politics.

  • Karen

    Nah, he’d just call you a misogynist.

  • Karen

    You REALLY don’t understand anything about emotional abuse, do you?

    Because this is reading like “women in abusive situations should be able to just leave! It’s their fault for staying in those bad relationships!”

  • Karen

    Also I’m trying REALLY hard to follow your logic. You can’t have
    sexist opinions because you volunteered as a Planned Parenthood
    escort????

  • Karen

    I’m not saying that there’s never been an article, but they don’t get the same kind of time and attention that articles about female characters being bad wives or mothers do.

    But this is veering off topic anyway. My point is that the premise of your article seems to be “Skyler is a bad wife and therefore she is a bad character” which is gross because it is defining her value as a person/character based on how good of a wife she is. Aka her value is based on her relationship to a man instead of evaluating her on her own merits.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    Well first of all, I wasn’t talking to you. But to Jeremy, I was saying that it’s unlikely that a “blatant misogynist” would volunteer at Planned Parenthood. If helping women has become a misogynist pastime, this will be the first I’ve heard of it.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    You’re great at assuming things that were neither stated nor implied. Is that what you do for a living (when you’re not in wimmins/womyns studies class, I mean)?

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    This was you, right? “do you think that there would be ever be an article about a male character with the premise “X is a bad husband and therefore a bad person/bad character”?”

    Because it does sound like you’re saying exactly that.

    I’m not sure how the way we treat other people has no bearing on the kind of person we are. That sounds like crazy talk to me. But I never said she was a “bad character.” She’s a great character, in that she inspires seething hatred in me. I evaluated her based on her actions and how they pertain to others. I also said she was a shitty sister, employee, and parent in addition to being a shitty wife. You’re looking for a reason to be outraged, clearly. Glad I could help, and please tell your friends/classmates!

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    That’s telling me! I’m sure Mr G engages in calling everyone names if they don’t agree with him. That’s what smart, creative types do, right?

  • Karen

    I was just referring to Vince Gilligan’s statement in this interview: http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/vince-gilligan-on-breaking-bad.html

    “And with the risk of painting with too broad a brush, I think the people
    who have these issues with the wives being too bitchy on Breaking Bad are misogynists, plain and simple.”

  • Karen

    This comment isn’t really doing much to convince me that you’re not sexist.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    I deeply apologize if I’ve somehow given you the impression that I’m trying to convince you of something. I have no idea who you are, so why would I care? Again, I was talking to Jeremy.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    That does explain why every pissed off commenter keeps using the same word. Sounds like they all just learned it recently. Good for them! At least they didn’t call me a “Festizio.”

  • Karen

    So you accept you’re sexist, then?

    Good. Admitting you have a problem is the first step!

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    Really? Even for internet comments, that was lame.

  • http://www.geekbinge.com/ @JeremySollie

    I devoted a paragraph in my comment to saying I don’t think the piece is misogynist.

  • Wednesday Lee Friday

    I got that, man. We cool. I just found it weird that someone kept inserting themselves into the conversation to say “You’re not convincing me.” It was never supposed to be a debate, just an OpEd.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s be real, being a “bad wife” to Walter White probably makes you a great person.

  • plzidgaf

    JESUS what a disgusting article. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  • http://www.geekbinge.com/ Matthew Legarreta

    In what way does this article present Walter as a saint. They can both be terrible people.

  • Andrea

    “We’ve been at events and had all our actors up onstage, and people ask
    Anna Gunn, “Why is your character such a bitch?” And with the risk of
    painting with too broad a brush, I think the people who have these
    issues with the wives being too bitchy on Breaking Bad are misogynists,
    plain and simple. I like Skyler a little less now that she’s succumbed
    to Walt’s machinations, but in the early days she was the voice of
    morality on the show. She was the one telling him, “You can’t cook
    crystal meth.” She’s got a tough job being married to this asshole. And
    this, by the way, is why I should avoid the Internet at all costs.
    People are griping about Skyler White being too much of a killjoy to her
    meth-cooking, murdering husband? She’s telling him not to be a murderer
    and a guy who cooks drugs for kids. How could you have a problem with
    that?” – Vince Gilligan

  • Verascity

    No, you missed the point. The point is that those articles are about men who are bad people and also happen to be bad husbands. When a wife is a bad wife, though, that’s what *makes* her a bad person.

  • Verascity

    “The abuse isn’t physical, but if you don’t
    think that Walt is emotionally abusive to Skyler then you are just
    ignorant.”

    I mean, he also pretty much rapes her in season five, or at least it’s heavily implied that he does. He also tries it in season two. I don’t know why so many people forget that.

  • Verascity

    “She offers to get a job as soon as she finds out about Walt’s cancer,
    but (correct me if I’m wrong people who’ve seen season 1 more recently
    than I) I think that Walt tells her not to out of pride and creates the
    Elliot/Gretchen lie.”

    You’re correct. Let’s also just, you know, mention again that this show is about a guy who had the option of having his cancer treatment completely funded and decided to cook crystal meth instead, after having already murdered two people and having his entire family threatened.

  • skylerwhiteyo

    Days later this article is still bothering me. I guess I’d like to clear up a little something for the author, if that’s okay. Regarding Walt and Skyler’s relationship; why they’re still together, and what they saw in each other in the beginning (Besides the fact that Skyler’s “sort of pretty” (she’s way gorgeous imo but anyway)).

    Both Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn, who know these characters certainly better than any of us, believe that the cement of Walt and Skyler’s relationship is that they are intellectual equals. SO take from that what you will I’m out

    Oh and if you’d like to read an article about why Skyler White is the BEST char on this show, here you go: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/08/09/skyler_on_breaking_bad_final_episodes_skyler_white_is_the_show_s_best_character.html

  • k23mt

    You’re missing out on a wonderfully developed 3-dimensional character!

    Skyler is flawed, but also a stable wife and mother who is stronger and more capable than she thinks she is. She is not someone I personally “like” all that much, but I don’t understand the hatred some seem to have for character that is often victimized in a show full of murderous sociopaths.

    I’m not going to put a label on the whole of a total stranger’s existence based on their opinion of one TV character…….only suggest that I think people are crying “misogyny” because they find it baffling to compare saying unkind words to your abuser and not always knowing the right choice to the sorts of atrocities other characters (mostly male) commit like they’re just taking a piss. The character in question here is female, and many people are used to dealing with perspectives that unfairly skewer women, while blowing off seriously horrendous acts of men as “boys will be boys.” It’s an easy button to push, especially with this particular show, and this particular character.

    I don’t understand the perspective that Skyler is truly controlling. Rewatching the beginning of the series, she was a bit overbearing, and the confronting Jesse thing was a bit much–but she doesn’t actually have any real power over Walt. She only has as much power as he allows her to. He subjugates himself. I noticed a contrast in the way Hank deals with Marie and Skyler’s nagging……he does what he is going to do, regardless, without going to the lengths of abuse Walt eventually goes to. Skyler isn’t able to stop him when he starts cooking meth…….she is forced into a position of damage control. Walt was making foolish mistakes that were going to get them all in deep shit, and she played sort of a voice of reason, like, “If you’re going to do this, at least be smart about it.”

    Perhaps she should have just left, but if you try and look at things from her perspective, she had no way of knowing this was going to snowball like it did…….for all she knew, it was just a phase that she should try and ride out. Once that choice was made, there was no going back on it, as Walt simply had too much power over her. Walt always had more power than her, he just didn’t realize it. He seemed to first realize it in the scene where he gets that big sarcastic smile and politely asks her to crawl out of his ass, lol……she just kind of stood there open-mouthed……that small gesture was enough to call off her nagging.

    At no point does Skyler ever have total control in their relationship, nor does she seem to seek it. Walt is the character seeking total control, and should have learned by now none of us ever really gets that, and chasing power just causes suffering. Skyler simply stands up for herself and her kids as best she can. I wouldn’t expect anyone to make 100% perfect decisions being thrown into the situation she was.

    As far as her working or not, we don’t really have enough information on the balance of responsibility in their relationship to make an accurate call on whether she contributes equally or not. They do have children, and raising them is definitely a job in itself. Their house usually looks nice, perhaps that’s all her. And she did get a job.

    With Ted, lol. I don’t support adultery…….but we are all human, and might be surprised at the choices we would make ourselves when emotionally pushed as far as this character had been when this happened. What I got from it, was that she was wanting to fill in the growing emotional void she felt in her crumbling marriage, but found herself playing pretty much the same role……damage control for a sloppy criminal. That was very interesting to me, made me kinda curious about her backstory, why she’s attracted to that sort of man. Again, not saying adultery is ok, but people do make mistakes in times of emotional stress, and she appears to at least understand that was a mistake.

    As far as her and Walt’s sex life together, we don’t really have the information to blame one or the other. Couples get into sexual ruts, it’s the rule, not the exception. In the beginning he was a bit passionless, she was a bit uptight. It would have served them well to solve that problem a more creative and fun way, lol, but I didn’t see a reason to draw a conclusion that it was a “blame” situation. I found the scenes later on where she was cringing as he forced affection on her without even caring about her discomfort quite disturbing, and more noteworthy.

    Overall, I like that Skyler is flawed and believable. So many shows are full of poorly-developed sex-obsessed tropes that I find it refreshing to explore the perspective of a very average woman who has moments of strength and weakness. Not all women are feminist heroes, not all characters need to be, either.

  • k23mt

    Hm, I find the female characters well-developed, particularly for such a testosterone-driven show. There are no feminist heroes here, lol……but none are meant to be, and not all women are. Skyler and Marie are well-meaning, but neurotic. I found both of them laughably irritating at first, and enjoyed their presence because I “know” these women, lol. They have some great conversations together…….I love when Skyler just starts repeating “shut up, shut up, SHUT UP….!” Oh, I know that feeling……someone who is trying to be helpful, but is just grating for reasons they can’t understand, and make you feel like you’re going to just snap.
    Marie and Hank’s dynamic is interesting, too…….people who mentally live on completely different planets, but find common ground in simple loyalty, and desire to do the “right” thing.
    Jane was an artist, and a romantic who really seemed to care for Jesse. She knew Walt was no good to him, and was just manipulating him, but didn’t have a firm enough handle on her addictive behavior to pull off her plan.
    Jesse’s mother and aunt had dismissed him from their lives, so there was really no reason to go into their characters, that would be a tangent.
    Lydia is a completely selfish, entitled basket case who is so delusional she somehow thinks she “doesn’t count” as a criminal, even though she totally is (referencing her shock that Mike had actually considered killing HER, as if she’s on some other level, lol). Not likeable, but has a personality.

  • Lore

    Can someone explain how the author can be a sexist pig and misogynist when the writer is a woman?

  • Abe

    Very interesting topic of Skyler. Honestly i hate her character. I mean she does act like a bitch…. I also find it interesting how morals are a big factor in this show. What is good and what is bad. I’m on season 4 episode 5 but I find it interesting that Walt is doing everything for his family whether it is morality and legally wrong. If you get into the character the most “sinful” part of himself is his pride. Its his pride that led him to this road and I believe will also be his downfall. Yes he cooks meth killed people but that was all for his pride and family without them knowing for the first 2 season. I’m not saying we should all go out and cook meth and kill people but if you were in a desperate situation where you don’t know whether your family will be financially stable wouldn’t you do anything for them. To me walt is a character that is providing for his family in a desperate way out of his love for his family and his pride. He doesn’t see things in black and white. All he sees is his family and whether its bad or good he will anything to provide for his family.
    Skyler however is a bit different. She sees thing in black and white. She holds her morality on the “good” side. She is good and caring and will follow the rules. She loves her kids and would do anything for them as long as the kids doesnt know what she is doing is wrong. But she also is very emotional and can act like a “bitch”. She acts on her emotions and when she doesnt have her way she fucks ted and admits to walt about it. Now that is fucked up. She didn’t do it to protect her family, she didnt do it because she is falling in love with ted but she did it to upset walt. For me that is fucked up. Yeah I can understand what she did but she could of told walt she was going to have an affair before she did and send walt a message that way. And if he still doesn’t get it then well go ahead and fuck ted because obviously he doesnt give a crap. Just my opinion on why skyler is so hated.

  • handsolo83

    Anybody who randomly goes “full caps” in the middle of sentences strikes me as potentially unstable, and not someone I would want to have a passionate debate with. You win.

  • handsolo83

    I think the reason there are so many “OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU SAID THAT” responses is because people like “The Skyler White Defense League” search the internet all day for anybody with a different opinion than them and proceed to inform them of the error of their ways in as elegant a fashion as possible.

    I personally think that this was a very well thought out and well-written article. What it boils down to, for me, is this:

    You are Skyler White. I am a viewer looking into you and Walt’s life. What are my expectations?

    A. Get on board and be supportive, or
    B. Voice your oppositions, attempt to get your husband to change his ways until it’s become apparent that he’s not ever going to change for you, or
    C. Take the kids and skip town under darkness of night because you honestly don’t know what else to do and are present enough in the relationship to know that your husband is not going to change his ways.

    Anything other than that and I am going to be terribly annoyed at having to put up with your character week after week. The continual whining and bitching… please, just stop it. Get on board or get out.

    The reason that there are no “Jesse is the worst character on the show” articles is because when Jesse realizes that he’s in over his head, or he just doesn’t want to put up with Walt’s shit anymore and Walt won’t listen to him, he’s out. Boom. Done. (Of course, Jesse always comes back, but at least he doesn’t just keep tugging on Walt’s coat and whining in every scene.)

  • James McCormick

    So many things wrong with this it’s hard to know where to begin. The article incessantly makes assumptions about the reasons for Skyler’s actions and they are inevitably the most negative, and also inconsistent with the facts. As a good example I’ll focus on one extraordinary series of statements: “She fails to communicate openly with her son, who is certainly old
    enough to be given some explanation for what’s going on. Again,
    everything is about Skyler. She sleeps with Ted, her boss.
    Disgustingly, Mrs. White informs Walt of this as if her infidelity is
    some sort of punishment he deserves for daring to cause her
    unhappiness.

    First, she ‘fails to communicate openly with her son….’ to protect her son from the truth about the father he idolizes. More to the point she absolutely eats it on his behalf. She allows herself to appear to be the ‘bitch mom’ who is apparently punishing her husband for no justifiable reason to protect her son from knowing the truth about Walt Sr. In short, she allows Walt to maintain the fiction that he is wronged, and wronged BY HER, to protect Walt Jr. For a parent, that is the very definition of SELFLESSNESS. And Walt Sr., the self-centered, hypocritical, egotistical bastard he is, allows this perception to continue and even fosters it.

    She sleeps with Ted after she has found out the Walt is a meth dealer and she has requested a divorce and kicked him out of the house, quite rightly. They are separated; good for her to ‘get some’. It’s quite ironic that this writer and so many other commentors find Skyler’s sex life, as an essentially single woman, offensive, but rarely revisit the fact that Walt is a murderer.

    Re: informing Walt of the ‘infidelity’; review the dialogue of that specific scene. In the course of one more of Walt’s pathetic attempts to pretend everything is normal, he has just said “I think honesty is good”. So Skyler calls him on this unbelievably hypocritical challenge. And Walt absolutely deserves both the ‘infidelity’ and it’s revelation in that circumstance, that once again he created.

  • James McCormick

    Speaking of things that were neither stated nor implied, “Is that what you do for a living (when you’re not in wimmins/womyns studies class….”

    I really hope that was a very weak attempt at a joke on your part.

  • skylar confused me

    I truthfully didn’t have a problems with Skylar white, even though she cheated with Ted. what I couldn’t wrap my head around was that she gave away all their money to Ted. this is a poorly written character than assumes women will act out of emotion and do strange things. It just doesn’t even seem plausible.

  • Ryan

    I find it highly unlikely that a woman could be a misogynist. I get the impression many of you on the internet don’t take the time to do anything but flame. Skyler White behaves like a spoiled child. She is no feminist.

  • qwertyuiop

    nice to see. Recommended to study on ‘Female Illuminati’

  • klepp0906

    misogynistic. you guys make me sick. Stop using the word if you don’t understand what it means LOL. delusional feminists. Go join the special forces /rolls eyes

  • klepp0906

    roflmao. sexist and realist are a huge cry from one another. Not even remotely close.

  • klepp0906

    ie: the most insightful, realistic, on point summary of her exact behavior. To the T. Im guessing your a woman of similar character (or lackthereof). Ironic how self entitled people with half a brain fail to realize everything walt has done was for his wife. Funny to me because I would do 10x what he did to protect my family and make sure they are taken care of if I were to die.
    and HE is the bad guy? bwahahaha. I forgot, she can just go spread her legs and sap someone else for $ once he keels over.

  • Dick

    How about crazy 8

  • TRUTH

    bOOO HOOOOO POOOOR MEEEEE……..USELESS