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Why People Hate Skyler White on <i>Breaking Bad</i> — 69 Comments

  1. It looks like we are in good company. Both Breaking Bad and House of Cards landed Emmy Awards. House of Cards was unusual in that it was produced by Netflix to be shown as a streaming entertainment. Cutting edge.

    Of course they had to win Emmys. Audacious spaths make good drama. I always told my ex-spath that he should write his life story because it was so interesting. He told good stories — mostly lies though! Well I guess that leaves it up to me to tell the truth.

    I used to discuss the ex-spath with one of his minions. Minion would say, “You can’t MAKE this sh*t up!” In other words: Truth is stranger than fiction.

    • Skylar, that is WHY it’s so hard to get people to understand and rally around you……short of SHOWING them every twisted contradictory email he has ever sent me……they just don’t get the impact of it.
      I’m sure they think…..oh…..she’s just ………….fill in the blank (Chicken Little).
      My second to last visit with my psychiatrist…..he finally seems to get what this has done to me. He finally seemed to get how traumatic it is for me to be a single white female, living alone and having NO idea who this person really is or what he is capable of.

    • Good about the Emmys…….Maybe more people will watch it and LEARN. But there have been shows and movies about Spaths forEVER and I didn’t have a clue.

  2. Loved reading this article. Thanks. Given that I have only just started watching it on Netflix (currently mid-way through the 3rd series), it was refreshing to get a “new” perspective on the characters. I especially liked the idea that psychopaths are happy to use sympathy/blame to justify their actions, no matter how abhorrent they may be. I can recognize a couple of people I know who have similar traits. They were initially good to socialize with, but over time, they become increasingly…draining. Always blaming others, and never taking responsibility for their own (often erratic) behavior.

  3. Anton,
    I’m glad you liked the article. Walter’s sense of entitlement and his resentment of all the people who succeeded more than he did, put him in the “narcissistic” category. Then when he begins to kill, and to take life and death into his own hands, he becomes something else. He calls himself “the danger”. He dehumanizes himself.

    My exspath called himself “something that you will never hope to meet again”. Then he corrected himself, “I mean someone.” lol. Then, I was talking to his friend, who was telling me about all the young girls my ex-spath was bragging about seducing and he told me that spath referred to the young girls as “it”. So they dehumanize themselves and they also dehumanize others.

    I didn’t get to watch the last season. Do you happen to know when it will come out on DVD?

  4. I recently re-watched breaking bad and did notice I had a pretty strong hatred for Skyler early on in the show. When I started to assess some of the reasons, I didn’t see the biggest one listed in your article, so I am curious what you thoughts are. When Walt didn’t want treatment, Skyler not only rejected his wishes but attempted to get the entire family on her side to pressure him into treatment. She seemed like she cared more about the appeal of having the perfect family than she did for her husband’s wishes. She seemed so obsessed with the need to be in constant control.

    I often thought Walt started out with good intentions and then became power hungry. It shocked me to see just how far he was willing to bend his own previous morals established. He seemed uncompromising about killing innocent kids, but then poisoned his partner’s girlfriend’s kid towards the end. He worked as a chemistry professor but really should been a partner in his friends business that was started with his original ideas and yet Walter not only accepts his position but continues to stay friends with them. Walt could have let Jesse die with him in the shooting at the end, but he saves him. His morals have clearly gone to shit at this point after he essentially watched and killed Jesse’s girlfriend, but still there seems to be something holing him from being completely devoid of all emotion.

    Anyways, I am curious to hear you thoughts on this.

  5. hi tinierkitten,
    thanks for commenting. It’s been so long since I watched the show, that it’s hard to remember exactly what I felt when Skyler was doing the intervention. I can’t remember the story line and why Walter was resisting the treatment.

    A cancer diagnosis in the family would naturally trigger feelings of helplessness in the patient as well as their family members. Walter was probably trying to take control by resisting the doctor’s recommendations and Skyler was probably also trying to feel less helpless and more powerful by trying to control the outcome. We spend most of our lives denying our mortality so we don’t have to feel powerless. When mortality gets in our face, people react by trying to take control where ever they can. Even when a person knows and understands this, it doesn’t change how they feel, so they persist in the futile attempts to control.

    Walter White’s portrayal of the anti-hero was a work of art. I felt so sorry for him no matter what he did. And since Skyler was always opposing him, I disliked her. She got the role of the “good” bad guy.

    Really, though, I was most inspired to write this article because of the Op-Ed piece that Anna Gunn wrote in the New York Times. She described how she, the actress, was personally attacked and hated, as if the drama on the show were real. I found this amazing because it reflected exactly what I had been witnessing for years: There are MANY, MANY people in our society who really can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what isn’t. They rely solely on how they feel to inform them of what’s real. So when they see some dramatic acting on television, and have the intended emotional response, they believe that they must act on their emotion, even if it’s obviously not real.

    It makes me wonder if they still believe in Santa Claus.

    But we see examples of this all the time now, with the current political climate, the “fake” news and the “alternative truth”. It’s like human beings no longer have the capacity to distinguish the most basic truths from “the truth they made up”.

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