Walt: Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see?
This is the beginning of one of the most famous monologues in the entire series. Walt gets sick of Skyler’s attempts to persuade him into turning in his employer Gus Fring into the DEA, playing the “poor man with cancer who just wanted to pay the bills” card, and accepting whatever the consequences might be.
To someone who doesn’t follow the show closely, this story seems to make a lot of sense. The title of the show seems to refer to how Walter started off as a good man but slowly “broke bad” and got in over his head in the meth trade. But pay close attention and you realize that Walt has always had the potential to do bad. Cooking meth didn’t corrupt a good man, it brought out the suppressed evil in a incredibly flawed man.
When Walt asks Skyler “who is it you think you see?” he implies that she still views him as the mild-mannered chemistry teacher from before the cancer diagnosis. But Walt doesn’t view himself like that anymore, and no one who knows the real Walter White does either. Walt recreates himself as the badass “Heisenberg” to distance himself from his past of an underachieving high school teacher and assume the role of one of the baddest men in the entire southwest. This is Walt telling Skyler (and the audience as well) that she needs to stop viewing him as the man she used to know and see him for what he thinks he really is; the “great” Heisenberg.
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