Originally Posted by rdgrimes
I'm guessing you don't support a family.
You guessed wrong.
Walt's choices were made based on his need to support his family, but obviously all the rest comes into play too. That's just human nature. He didn't make the choices because of his lot in life, he made them because he thought he was dying and his family would be left with nothing.
Have you heard of life insurance? It's great. If I die, my family will be well taken care of. They won't get $1.2 million dollars but they will get money that I know won't be seized by the Feds later and I don't even have to break the law.
If Walter opted not to pay a few bucks a month for life insurance to protect his family in case he died then that's just another classic Walter White decision that helped put his family in the situation it's in.
If that's "egocentric", so be it but it's not a bad outcome.
I'm not talking only about what he did during the timeline of show. I'm including the countless foolish life choices he made before
he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He chose not to go into business with Schwartz because he had a temper-tantrum and walked away from the negotiating table. Why he didn't bother to get a high-paying job in the chemical industry or a well-paying job teaching at a university is a mystery but I'm guessing it's because he couldn't stand being around people who are as brilliant as he is. He felt great teaching in a high school surrounded by dumb teachers and students and felt that a low salary was small price to pay for feeling like a god among his coworkers every day.
Skyler has absolutely no moral high ground here, not any more. She's helping her boss commit fraud and tax evasion and sleeping with him to boot. So clearly her own morality is based on "situation" just like Walt's.
Fraud, tax evasion and adultery. Look at it this way. Has she strangled anyone with a bike lock yet? Has she idly watched a young woman choke to death on her own vomit because her death would be convenient? Has she filled the Southwest with 40+ pounds of 99.4% pure meth so addicts can rob law-abiding people and slowly kill themselves while making her rich? A little fraud and tax evasion is peanuts compared to the pain and death Walter White has left in his wake while "providing for his family". I'm not even including the plane collision which he was indirectly responsible for.
Which is really the point of the series: we all make moral choices based on "situational factors" and then deal with the consequences later. I expect that we will soon see Skyler having to deal with the consequences of her own choices the same as Walt.
That may be the point of a Law and Order episode but I see this show as something much more complicated. I think the point of the series is that a smart man can make dumb decisions and when paying for the consequences of those decisions, can make even dumber
decisions for which there will be even more drastic consequences. Ultimately Walter White is the complete sum of his own flawed egocentric decision making and will continue down this path until he dies or gets arrested.