I'm trying to decide how snarky a response this calls for...
My impression is that many viewers are unfamiliar with the sight of either a woman aging past 40 while maintain a presence and expressing genuine emotion (outside of the rare badass granny), or a t.v. mom who has a single grain of back bone to her character. Which is why they react to her with confusion and hostility, finding it difficult to invest in her story, despite it being well written, well delivered, complex, and inextricable from the main plot.
It is understandable that you find her inaccessible, and unlikeable as a character when it's so rare for t.v. to ask you to engage with this category of human being, instead of seeing her as part of the background, or set up for the real characters to take action. However, that doesn't make her a bad character, or a poor performance from the actress.
What makes her a "shrew"? (aside from your predilection for antiquated sexism) Is it putting a basic sense of self preservation ahead of tending to the increasingly wanton needs and impulses of her husband? Because I feel like people are misreading... all of her motives in favor of the convenience of characterizing her as a pointlessly vindictive spoilsport. I understand that she's largely antagonistic to Walter, and his goals, but if you step outside of his personal narrative just a tiny bit, that's the only reasonable position for anyone to take.
If she's not as bad as Walt, or even just as bad but in a different way, then she's not a hypocrite. She would be a hypocrite if she was manufacturing dangerous drugs and running off to RV camping trips with a man 20 years her younger while telling Walt not, but she isn't. She loses moral ground, and has character flaws, because she is a human being.
dubsola wrote:That's a load of codswallop. I can only assume you've not tried to empathise. She has an asshole husband! Walt consistently puts her and her family at risk. He is completely dishonest.
Yeah, I'm not saying she's worse than Walt, or as morally bankrupt as he is. Walt is an idiot who jeopardizes his family
Walter's also a murderer
, and painfully