Thanks for your informative response. Not like he's dying of cancer or anything...
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WE ADMIT TO THE TRUTH,
WE ARE THE BEST AT WHAT WE DO
He did get curious with marijuana, but that was such a completely different situation compared to where he's at now. Him trying getting hooked on the blue would tie in with the Scarface foreshadowing, but he's always been about the money and building an empire so I really doubt that they'd go down that direction at this point in the show.
skylar was smoking while she was pregnant. what yall have to understand about her character is she doesnt care about the kids anymore than walt does supposedly, but she will use them to win an argument and keep her moral high ground against walt.
in all reality, walt free with all that money would be able to provide for his kids kids, so her harping down on him is just her brownnosing, self-serving higher than thou attitude manifesting in "what about the kids!?!?!"
she cant even beg walt to stop for her sake because she knows what a miserable shrew she is, so of course its about the kids.
at the end of the day, skylar will do anything to make walt suffer.
edit: marie gets a lot of hate, but she has always supported and stood by hank. when he goes thru stuff, she is there to support him in understanding and loving way skylar never could with walt because she cant get over herself.
i was only comparing them to illustrate the difference between walt and hank. hank had the support of his wife and was succesful, although clearly not cut out for all of what the job entailed. walt was constantly undermined and was a slumly teacher with intellect far greater.
when marie was a klepto hank worked with her and understood. when did skylar ever try to look at things from walts perspective? i would think as his wife its the least thing she could do before deciding that its so terrible then to only kinda sorta bad because you can now sponsor your boyfriend.
my whole thing is with a more supportive, understanding skylar, we may not have come to this point. he may have decided after three mil it was enough, but a constant factor in heisenberg's rise to power has been skylars power of holy judgement over walt.
we're talking about a dude won a nobel peace prize. if he ended up teaching high school it was under duress of a shrew wife keeping him under her thumb. i dont think he was short of opportunities, just patience listening to skylar control him.
i dont think they ever touched on the time difference between gretchen and skylar, but either way when we are introduced to them buying the house, walt is still optimistic about himself, not yet dragged down by the effect of living, wondering if every decision will meet skylars approval.
now im not solely placing blame on her, i outlined earlier what i believe to be at his core. however, i believe she has been the one tangible source of antagonsim for walt in his life. she was basically a young, dumb broad who caught an old fool who didnt know any better.
as i said, gretchen and gray matter are another issue. mainly being she, knowing of his ailing fathers situation most presumably, went on to take him to the hamptons in to show him off as her genius in front of her high falutin parents. in this situation he was being shown his inadequacies and being taken advantage of.
along comes skylar who tells him he is adequate, with the catch being that he will be adequate to be subservient and taken advantage of as well.
think back to when the show began, skylar wanted to be a fugasi novelist writing crappy books she was too ashamed to let marie read, but instead acting like she is too good an author for maries lowly eyes to lay upon her masterpieces of literature. not to mention her crap pottery she was nickel and diming online, her theft of peoples money was worse than maries kleptomania for that trash. yet thru and thru, the one constant is that skylar is best, she believes she is the best and that she knows best, but most of all, must know all as well.
edit: think about it like this. imagine walt, with a pregnant skylar in his ear selling last piece of his soul in grey matter for 5,000 because he has a baby on the way.
or walt, wanting to start up a new business, but cant take risks like that because he has a physically disabled child to think about. he better take low salary w benefits job or there will be hell to pay
i never said she was, i was being hypothetical about her making him sell, thats why after that i included another hypothetical as for how he ended up teaching high school.
i wasnt aware that he had to sell share as soon as he stopped working there, or as soon as he and gretchen broke up. i thought it was more like they took some years to develop grey matter in his absence, and only after capitalizing upon his endeavors offered him that pittance for his "share".
edit: yea she said what i said, she showed him he was inadeqaute, and subsequently took advantage leaving him devestated.
skylar being a waitress supports my idea that she was generally not that brilliant.
i never solely blamed skylar, but i acknowledge she is a source, the others being his father and grey matter.
i dont remember application labs, but as far as him being hard to work with, all i saw was him actually teaching jesse and enabling him to come up with ideas like the magnet and the heist, actually benefitting jesse and improving him.