Skyler: I just sold your favorite piece! The hideous crying clown.

from Breaking Bad (Ft. Moira Walley-Beckett & Rian Johnson) – Ozymandias on Rap Genius

Meaning

The crying clown is an interesting symbol. It seems clear that this clown represents more than an ugly piece of China, but it isn’t clear exactly who it is meant to represent. It obviously relates to Walt in some capacity, since director Rian Johnson admitted in an interview that he intentionally lined the shots up so that Walt would be in the same place as the clown when the scene cut back to him. And it makes sense since Walt is getting emotionally “boxed in” by the DEA, the White Supremacists, and his cancer. But it can definitely be seen as a representation of Hank as well, since he entered the show as a comic relief-type character known more for his one-liners than his emotional depth, but has become less and less outgoing as he tried to chase down Heisenberg.

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