I’ll just say it: Walter White is the most complex character ever to exist on TV. You don’t know whether to be afraid of him or to root for it. There were times when you hated him and times when you loved him. Breaking Bad was one addictive TV show and it left many people sobbing after it ended. Still, like any good book or movie, it left us thinking about Walter, his actions and the reasons behind them. Let’s see what the things we love about Walter White are, but also those we hate about him. Know that if you haven’t seen the last season or the last episodes, there will be spoilers in this article, so SPOILER ALERT!
10. Hate: His Clothes
We know that the clothes are part of his allure, the wonderful mix between drug lord and high school chemistry teacher, but that doesn’t mean that we have to like them. That’s the great thing about Walter, he could walk down the street and nobody would think twice to even look at him and the reason for that is his awful clothes.
9. Love: His Hat
The moment Walter put on his hat he transformed from a geek to a badass. He transformed from Walter White, chemistry teacher to Heisenberg, drug manufacturer. You too can get a piece of Heisenberg by buying the exact hat model that he wore during the series. It’s from American brand Goorin Bros. – a company founded in 1895.
8. Hate: He is the One Who Knocks
The line I am the one who knocks in reply to his wife, Skyler’s question about what they would do in case some bad guys would knock at their door before entering to harm them is absolutely amazing. It’s the essence of Walter White and what he’s becoming. He is a bad guy, he’s someone to be feared and he’s damn proud of that!
7. Love: Chemistry is Fun
Walter makes chemistry look like fun, even though years of high school taught us better than that. Watching the first few episodes of Breaking Bad will make you want to browse your old high school chemistry books and see if there’s anything in there you might understand and connect to the show (because you sure won’t learn how to cook meth from a school book).
6. Hate: Spoiler Alert: Killing Mike
When Walter killed Mike I jumped from my chair swearing! When he killed Mike we understood how out of control he really was, how little he cared about others and how desperate he was to survive. Killing Mike was the drop that spilled the cup. We were rooting for Mike to retire to some wonderful place in the sun and then Walter ruined that for us!
5. Love: He Cared About His Family
You’ve got to give it to him, in his own twisted way, Walter White cared about his family, even though in the end we see that he actually did what he did because he liked it. He left all of his money to his son, a stubborn and meaningless choice. He loved Skyler…
4. Hate: He Destroyed His Family
He loved Skyler… but he loved himself more and in the end that’s what destroyed his family: his love for himself. Spoiler alert: Before Hank was murdered, be showed some real feelings there, he tried to prevent him from being killed, he knew that Hank’s death would destroy his family. He didn’t care so much about Hank dying, he cared more about what that would do to his family.
3. Love: What He Did to Gustavo Fring
One of the things we love about Walter White is what he did to Gustavo Fring. Although in the beginning Gus was a pretty awesome dude, we started hating him towards the end. The more Walter hated him, the more hate grew in us too. Let’s admit it, Gustavo Fring walking out of the room of that nursing home after the bomb went off – that has to be one of the most awesome scene in television.
2. Hate: What He Did to Jane Margolis
That moment during the second season when Walter chooses not to intervene while Jesse’s girl, Jane was choking on her own vomit – that is when it first dawns on you how evil he is becoming. Jane was blackmailing him and Walter got his justice. It was a relief when he admitted to that to Jesse in the last season.
1. Love: His Persistence
Let’s all stand up and give Walter White a round of applause for being the most resilient man on television: he beat cancer, he stood against drug lords and won, he was pretty hard to kill. The last moments of the final episode, Felina, when (spoiler alert) Walter realizes he is shot and that he will die are some of the most touching in the entire series. He caresses his tanks and tools as if they were his beloved family. Walter White was alive.
Do you agree with our things we love about Walter White? Would you like to add more? Did you enjoy the last episode, Felina? Any thoughts you’d like to share?