Walter Fucking White

Warning: plenty of fucks readily given.

Are people so desperate for happy endings in this messed up time that we’re cheering for a serial murderer to find happiness and solidarity with his serial killing girlfriend?

And then there’s the desire to see a serial murderer and drug kingpin get away with it, destroy all his enemies and continue being a bad-ass.

Despite the latter not really being a happy ending to most, it is to those attached to these characters.

People are upset about the season ending of Dexter because they want happy endings. We’re desperate for a happy ending. Suicide rates have gone up since the recession began and people feel like there’s no happy ending to all of this. They know their lives are going to be tougher and less plentiful than their parents’ or their grandparents and it’s become desperation to see a happy ending. Somewhere. Anywhere. In any way possible.

Walter White’s is the story of the downtrodden middle class who decides to buck the destiny he’s forced into by society and its ethical deficits and instead of lying down, he bucks the process and says “fuck you” to what society expects of him.

In this latest episode, you see the proprietors of this social ethic, this supposed order, the guys who fucked him over first and foremost when they left him out of the business they were starting, talking about how insignificant he was in the creation of that company. They downplay his (actually significant) work in its creation to save face now that he’s known as a drug kingpin. They had fucked him over earlier on in the show, and now they’re doing it all over again. Yeah, the opportunity to make something of himself was stolen from him before, but now they’re completely dismissing what little legacy they afforded him in the beginning.

Walter White is every person sick and tired of working hard for something and then getting fucked over by their lot in life – or the lot others decide for them. He worked hard, was going to start a business, got fucked over by an advantageous creep who made millions off his work, and then got laid off from his teaching job because of budget cuts (which, knowing where he’s from means the budget cuts were necessary for tax cuts which would benefit that creep who fucked him over). And then he has cancer, something that would require more money to cure than he will ever make in his life if he was stuck with low income jobs.

Instead of laying down, he ripped society a new one by turning it into a drug addict. And quite frankly, this is why people love Walter White. They’re not cheering an anti-hero or a drug kingpin, they’re cheering for themselves and their fantasy of saying “fuck you” to a society that has forgotten them.

People are unhappy with the world they live in. They’re increasingly unhappy with the world they live in.

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