Colorizing Walter White’s Decay. Infographic
There are a lot of patterns that emerge, so much so that each character has an identifying color.
After Walt’s cancer diagnosis, his colors become stronger, and eventually go black. When the cancer returns or when he’s defeated, the drab khaki returns. The closer he gets to Gus, and the stronger his ties to blue meth, the more blue shows up in his barcode.
Skyler starts out blue, but turns dark once she starts to figure out Walt’s secret. Her timeline turns deep blue, almost purple, as her flirtation with Ted grows, and then it turns green once she discovers Walt’s stash of money. The more complicit she becomes in Walt’s criminal activity, the blacker her timeline gets to the point that it’s pitch black in season 4.
Hank begins orange, with tints of yellow and peach. But when he suffers through the turtle bomb, his colors turn brown- often deep brown. Then after fighting off the cousins (and the subsequent drab/pastel colors of recovery and depression), he slowly gains his color back after he re-involves himself with the Heisenberg case.
Jesse’s angry (and occasionally deadly) color is red, while his drug recovery tones are more drab and subdued. Just like Skyler, the more Jesse is affected by Walt’s influence, the darker and more black his timeline becomes. He also wears a lot of mixed clothing- primarily black, gray, or white, with wild red or yellow patterns, suggesting moral conflict.
Walter, Jr. is very much a supporting character whose color choices often reflect whichever parent he relates to most at the time. When Marie is in the hospital coping with Hank’s injuries, Walter, Jr. wears purple, seemingly in support. When he helps Hank or is around Hank, his colors are complementary. It’s unfortunately not reflected in the timeline, but Junior wears a lot striped or multi-colored shirts, often bearing both Walter and Skyler’s colors. It’s a sign of Walter, Jr. being stuck in the middle between the two as they hash out their differences.
What makes Marie noteworthy isn’t that she wears all purple, all the time. Rather, it’s the very rare occasions when she’s not wearing purple that practically scream at the viewer. For instance, she wears black when her kleptomania flares up. She wears black again when she’s in protective custody of the DEA after the threat on Hank’s life at the end of season 4. And then finally, she turns yellow just before Hank makes his massive discovery at the end of season 5.
It’s fascinating stuff, and it’s clearly the result of a fierce attention to detail by Vince Gilligan and all of the incredible crew that make this show. Enjoy the final eight episodes, everyone. And keep an eye on those colors.
Notes: As I mentioned, there were a lot of flannels and mixed colors. In that case, I opted for the strongest color or the color that most seemed to signify what the show’s creators were trying to convey.
There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?”
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human.
Therapy animals save lives.
These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury.
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!
But why does it have to be a white male?
Oh look, what a surprise. Can you not just accept that not everything is about the colour of someone’s skin? Jeez.
I can’t fucking believe some childish little shit had the NERVE to comment ‘why does it have to be a white male’. Get a fucking grip. Stop derailing posts with bullshit.
This is why breed specific legislation gets me so upset. In Denver, Cincinnati, and Miami there are bans on owning pitbulls (who are no more violent than other breeds). In Denver, a former Marine was told he either had to move out of Denver, give away his service dog, or it euthanize simply because it was a pitbull. These dogs go through extensive training to help those in need, and people have the audacity to make laws banning breeds because of a false stigma associated with them.
I just stayed up till 3 a.m.talking for over 3.5 hours with one of the girls on my floor and we just decided to live together next year. I’m so excited to have such a great roommate. I already know it’s going to be great. We’re going through a lot of the same stuff and it’s so easy to talk to her. Plus, I get the bottom bed!
I didn’t get all my studying done, but at least I have a roommate now!
I ate two meals today and I’m pretty proud of myself for that.
Also, I might skip my last day of classes tomorrow to pet some dogs. I think puppies may be more important than Calculus and Differential Equations.