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***Spoiler Alert*** read ahead at your own risk.
Vince Gilligan has reportedly been surprised by how many people are still rooting for Walt. This whole final half season seems to me like Vince Gilligan’s all out effort to shake off the last of the Walt sympathizers.
First of all, it has always come naturally to me to root for the protagonist, even if he is an antihero. Were we really supposed to hope that the Feds busted Tony Soprano? When? Episode one? Then what is the point of the show? A lot of the “how could you still be rooting for Walt” feigned outrage strikes me as moral posturing. (See here for example.) It’s a TV show. Of course I don’t approve of making meth, poisoning kids or offing witnesses, but to follow the logic that we aren’t supposed to be rooting for Walt because he is a bad man we would never make fiction about anything other than positive things. While we do need more positive TV shows, spare me the “I’m supposed to hate Walt” moralizing.
Second, Walt offered all his money, 80 million dollars, to save Hank’s sorry butt, even though Hank had just arrested him and obviously could no longer stand him. He also made that phone call to take the heat off Skyler and put it all on him, presumably for the benefit of the police and Walt Jr. No one asked Jesse to be a rat. No one asked hysterical Marie (a truly hateable character) to force Skyler to tell Hank Jr. What was the point of that? And no one asked little rat Walt Jr. to call the cops. Eat some pancakes and keep your mouth shut boy. His mom clearly attacked Walt, not the other way around.
I’m defiantly on Team Walt until the end.