The Skyler White Effect
The cognitive dissonance that happens when a female character is presented by the narrative as absolutely correct in their judgment of a male character, and yet the viewers assume she’s the bitch.
god shut up everyone knows shes probably the voice of reason on the show but everyone will ALWAYS PREFER WALT AND JESSIE TO ANY CHARACTER THAT FUCKS UP THEIR LIVES
I agree that a lot of the ‘omg skylar’s a bitch’ dialogue is overly simplistic but there is something to be said that even though you can appreciate her rightful position you don’t necessarily want her to win because it will disrupt the entertaining aspect of the show, i.e. Walter and Jesse. Skylar isn’t the interesting part of the show. That’s not the point of Skylar. She just gives tiny doses of reality to the audience to put the inhumane acts Jesse and Walt commit into perspective.
Yep, Bridget is right. I’d also like to point out that Skyler knowingly and very illegally gets involved with Walt’s empire and could definitely be charged with obstruction of justice, fraud, and money laundering if all the details of the Heisenberg case come out, so it’s not as if she’s some angel.
I’ve always interpreted BrBa’s ultimate message as being that there’s evil and immorality in everyone, even the “good” people. Skyler aids and abets her husband’s drug empire, putting her children at risk as she does so. Boiling it down to “Skyler is right and Walt is wrong” does a massive disservice to the complexity of the show.