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|“||Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family.||„|
|~ Skyler White to Walter White.|
Skyler White (née Lambert) is the tritagonist of the television series Breaking Bad and a mentioned character in its prequel Better Call Saul. She is the wife of Walter White and the mother of their two children: Walter White Jr. and Holly White.
Throughout the series, Skyler became suspicious of her husband's unsusual behaviour when he secrectly began to cook crystal meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman. She eventually learns the truth about Walter's descent into criminality and reluctantly begins to launder his money to preserve the family. As time goes on, Skyler's marriage with Walter grows increasingly estranged as she notices her husband's morality diminishing and ends up growing to fear Walter in the midst of partially getting involved with his criminal activities.
She is portrayed by Anna Gunn.
Although not as smart as her genius husband, Skyler is highly intelligent. She manages to figure out her husband's double life with the little information she had in a matter of months. Her intelligence also allows her to be cunning, shown when she faked going into labor to get out of being wrongfully detained due to unknowingly trying to return a shoplifted item.
According to series creator Vince Gilligan, "Skyler is a pragmatist who will do pretty much anything to keep her family together." This quote can pertain to how she kept Walt's secret safe in order to keep the family together, as she didn't want her son finding out his father was a criminal.
Skyler Lambert was born August 11, 1970. She studied accounting and met Walter White while she was working in a restaurant as a hostess near the Los Alamos National Laboratory (where Walter worked at the time). They married and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, buying the house in which they live in over the course of the series. They had a son named Walter Jr. who was afflicted with cerebral palsy and had an unintended baby on the way. The only member of her immediate family that is known is her younger sister Marie , who is married to a DEA agent named Hank Shrader.
Overall Skyler is a caring but dominant housewife and mother with another on the way at the start of the series. Instead of holding a job, she writes stories, sells items on eBay, and does other miscellaneous sources of revenue. She later becomes suspicious of Walter and pieces together the fact that he has become a drug manufacturer who started cooking crystal meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman. She tries to distance herself and even slept with her boss Ted Baker, but he refused to leave his family. She later agrees to launder Walt's money to keep the family together. She pushes to buy the car wash Walter used to work at in order to successfully launder the money, despite objections from their criminal attorney Saul Goodman.
Trouble soon emerges when Walter and Jesse find themselves endangered by their employer Gustavo Fring, who later threatens to kill Walter's family should he intervere with his plans to eliminate Hank for investigating onto his drug empire. Skyler believes that Walter is in danger and confronts him when he repeatively denies the fact. In response, Walter frightens Skyler by proclaiming that he is the danger. Eventually Walter succeeds in killing Gus by teaming up with his archenemy, Hector Salamanca, in an elaborate plot to trick Gus into believing that Hector has gone to the DEA to grass up his rival's criminal activities; Gus and his enforcer Tyrus Kitt would later confront Hector in a nursing home, where Hector kills the duo and himself with a suicide bomb that Walter had planted to eliminate Gus. Later on when Skyler and the family learn of the incident, she contacts Walter and asks if this was his doing.
By then, Skyler has grown to fear Walter and resolves to keep their children safe from him as much as she can. This continues as Walter continues to build his criminal empire, killing Gus' right-hand man Mike Ehrmantraut and later ordering hitman Jack Welker to have his gang murder ten of Gus' associates in prison in the process. Soon Skyler is relieved when Walter claims that he will quit his life of crime, but this backfires when Hank finally learns the truth about Walter's criminality and vows to take him down. As the situation escalates, Skyler learns about Walter's fallout with Jesse and urges her husband to eliminate his former partner - telling Walter "We've come this far... what's one more".
Eventually Walter is arrested by Hank after he and Jesse team up to lure Walter into a trap. Shortly afterwards, Hank informs Marie about Walter's arrest and she in turn tells Skyler about this. Then Skyler is forced to tell her son the truth about his father's criminality. They later go home to find Walter with a truck that contains a barrel of $11 million, whilst frantically packing for his family to go on the run. Skyler then demands to know what happened to Hank, and her fears grow when Walter ignores her and tries to get the family to pack their things.
Skyler then concludes that Hank is dead and accuses Walter of killing him; Walter denies this as he tries to explain that Hank and his partner Steven Gomez had in fact been murdered by Jack and his gang. Thereupon Skyler, finally having had enough of her husband and determined to keep her children save from him, grabs a knife and orders Walter to get out. She slashes his hand when he tries to grab the knife and a scuffle ensues. Walter overpowers Skyler, only for their son to rush to their mother's defense. Shortly afterwards, Walter Jr - having finally seen what his dad has become - turns against father by phoning the police and reporting that Walter attacked Skyler. This causes Walter to flee, but not before taking Holly with him. When Skyler realizes this, she rushes after them and is horrified when Walter drives away with Holly.
Later on that night, the police have come to Skyler and Walter Jr before Marie joins them. Soon Walter contracts them and Skyler speaks to him. They have a tense conversation on the phone when Skyler demands to know where Holly is, before Walter then berates Skyler for turning against him and telling their son the truth about his criminal activities. After denouncing his wife as a "stupid bi-ch" for what happened earlier, Walter continues to berate Skyler by stating that she knew nothing about him when he built up his criminal empire. While unsettled by Walter's behaviour on the phone call, Skyler is somewhat relieved as she realizes that Walter has just confessed to his crimes and clared her of any involvement in it; Walter, knowing that the police are with Skyler, had done this to prevent his family from being implicated in his crimes.
Soon Skyler demands to know what happened to Hank. The family, particularly Marie, are left devastated when Walter confirms Hank's death by stating "You're never gonna see Hank again". Skyler then asks Walter once more about Holly, but he hangs up after saying that he "still has gone things to do". Walter would leave Holly at a fire station along with a note of his home address; Holly would later be returned to Skyler, who is still under police investigation as her husband has become the most wanted criminal in the United States.
A few days later, Skyler is started when Jack's nephew and right-hand man Todd Alquist leads their gang to break into her house; they force Skyler into keeping quiet about their involvement in Walter's criminal activities. Walter flees Albuquerque only to come back months later to atone for his actions and to avenge Hank. While planning his final showdown with Jack and his gang, Walter visits Skyler one last time. He provides her the coordinates to the location of where Hank was murdered and buried, which in turn would fully exonerate Skyler and make her free from criminal charges. When the discussion turns to how Walter's criminal life began in the first place, Skyler believes that he is going to claim that he did it for the family and attempts to shut him down for it - only for Walter to actually admit that he ended up doing it for himself. Because of this, Skyler allows Walter to see Holly one last time before he eventually leaves them alone.
Once Walter has left, he would avenge Hank's death by murdering Jack and his gang whilst at the same time rescuing Jessie - who ends up killing Todd as well. Thereafter Walter dies and the family continues to live out of their old family home. Skyler works as a taxi dispatcher to support Walter Jr (or Flynn) and Holly. The family lives on past the man of their house and look back at his memory with pain and hatred and Skyler becomes a watered down version of herself addicted to nicotine.