Originally Posted by archiguy
Walt is evolving into someone else. You still see glimpses of his underlying decency and humanity, like any scene with Walter Jr. or his telling Jesse that he was good at something after all, knowing how much Jesse needed to hear it.
Ah, but I'm cynical! How cynical? Read on...
I don't believe you can "evolve" into a different person. I think Walt is the same self-centered jackass he's always been. He's the same guy who screamed at Gretchen and looked like he was going to kill her with a butter knife in a fancy restaurant after she brought up how he messed up his own life. Over twenty years later and he's still
boiling with anger over this supposed injustice.
He still believes first and foremost in protecting his family, whether he's part of it or not.
I don't agree at all. He's done nothing to protect his family. He got into cooking meth because he felt he deserved to die rich. Now he believes he deserves to live rich.
He thinks he owns his family as if he's earned them. Like Don Draper, he thinks they're just things that successful men need like a house with a pool and a crappy SUV. Remember when he had his two minute monologue to Skyler about the money and she stood there gobsmacked without saying a thing? I loved how later he said what a great "talk" they had when she literally didn't say one single word! Because Walt only listens to himself.
Do you think he's a great father? Remember Walt Jr. barfing his guts out into the pool. Great parenting there, Walt. Nice to see how much you love your son. Hank has been more of a father to him.
His bringing the unpredictable Jesse back into the fold will save his wife's sister and his DEA antagonist from financial ruin while probably exposing him to more danger.
No, he hired Jesse so he wouldn't use the Heisenberg "get out of jail free" card and to get rid of the irritatingly smart and competent Gale. Walt is worried about getting caught, nothing more.
I think it's a fascinating portrait of a decent man's decent into a world with different rules and the internal conflicts and compromises that occur along the way.
And making the exact
same mistakes that he made before he descended into this unfamiliar world. He may have been a well-behaved law abiding man but internally he was not decent. He was a time bomb waiting to go off.
One dimensional? Really?
Absolutely one dimensional. Nothing that Walt has done from the second season on has surprised me. If anything his laughable predictability has been his charm. He can even angrily accuse Gus of using a "ploy" to get him cooking for him... and here he is cooking for Gus. I've owned pets that are more unpredictable.
What he does now doesn't interest me that much. How he became this man is totally fascinating to me. That's where Mad Men has been succeeding with Don Draper. Draper is also mostly one dimensional but through flashbacks into his childhood, we've gained more understanding of how he became the man he is.
Eddie Olmos has said his role in 'Battlestar Galactica' was the greatest part he ever got to play, or likely ever will. I'm sure Bryan Cranston feels the same way about 'Breaking Bad'.
I thought exactly the same thing after I saw the first season. It's great when actors finally find a role that is just perfect for them. I bet he can't wait to read the next script to see what Walt will be doing.