Here are some thoughts about Breaking Bad; I might explode if I do not share them in some form, so bear with me. These are only slightly more coherent than last time.
1. Earlier in my viewing of the series, I honestly thought that at some point in the near future, Walter White would no longer be the protagonist.
You know how in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the protagonist switches midway through the movie from Marion to Norman Bates? How the camera begins to show events play out from his point of view, and we find ourselves wanting Marion’s car to sink in the quicksand of his backyard?
I fully expected that sort of shift to happen here: perhaps just as subtle, and with more time taken for the storyline to fully resettle, but all the same, I expected it.
I did not believe people like Jesse and Skyler were turning into protagonists simply because of how much more sympathetic their stories were: I believed that because I thought — hoped, really, for the sake of my own sanity and emotional well-being — that the show would refocus from Walter White as the protagonist (antihero, I suppose, but we’ll get to that in a moment), to Walter White as the villain of someone else’s story.
2. But Walter White is the protagonist, which means I do root for him in a way: I am invested in his story. He is the central, unifying entity of Breaking Bad.
However, at this point I mostly watch the series because I want to know how he dies. I want his lies to come crashing down, I want Jesse and Skyler and everyone to know everything, and I want this little man ruined.
3. See, I hate using the term “antihero” to describe Walter, because dictionary definitions do not encompass the truth of how a term is used. “Antihero” has immediate connotations of charm. Alex Delarge, of A Clockwork Orange, is an antihero: he rapes and he kills, and somehow still finds a way for his readers and viewers to like him. Same goes for Spider Jerusalem. In general, antiheroes rarely inspire fully-deserved hate the way that Walter White does. Antiheroes may not technically require morals, limits, or any modicum of likability to fit their label, and yet that’s what we’ve come to expect from them: Walter has none of the above.
4. Unless something drastically changes with my lovely Skyler White, I’m not sure I will ever understand the hatred Breaking Bad fans reserve for her. I invite you to read this post I made just a few hours ago if you care to look at a few more thoughts (mind you, they’re not particularly well-written, and I posted them rather spur-of-the-moment): http://thesilverlorgnette.tumblr.com/post/69315776992/if-i-was-slightly-puzzled-before-now-after-the