(Spoiler alert: Don't read this if you didn't see last night's "Breaking Bad.")
The creator of "Breaking Bad" says Marie Schrader might work a new color into her trademark purple color scheme this season. I'm worried it will be black.
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) seemed to dismiss the idea on Sunday's "Breaking Bad" of making his sister-in-law a widow. Asked by Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) if he might want to send her DEA husband, Hank (Dean Norris), on a "trip to Belize," Walt insisted that Hank was family, and couldn't be bumped off.
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Of course, Walt would once have been shocked at the idea of strangling someone with a bike lock, or poisoning children, or making meth. Give him time.
I'm worried about Hank — not just because he's discovered Walt's secret life, but because of something "Breaking Bad" mastermind Vince Gilligan said recently on the Nerdist podcast. He was asked about the color schemes of different characters on the show. Walt goes from neutral colors to green, then to black and blue, and beige. Skyler (Anna Gunn) tends toward blue, but gets darker as she becomes more corrupt.
Marie (Betsy Brandt) is most consistent: She almost always wears purple, though her scheme went yellow at the end of the first half of the current season, just before Hank made his discovery about Walt. Some viewers interpreted yellow to mean "caution." Slate featured a wonderfully detailed chart last week by graphic designer John LaRue, showing the color transitions of all of the characters. (Marie's is on the left.)A
"Colors were part of the master plan… It was always important to me," Gilligan said. "It's really not about the individual colors themselves. It's about the fact that they change."
"Purple seemed like a good color for Betsy, to go against her black hair. I like the idea of one character being very consistent. Although, you know. You might see a little change in her even, by the end of it all."
Oh no. He doesn't seem to be talking about the flash of yellow, since that had already happened by the time of the interview. No. I think he's talking about black. And that Hank be about to visit Mike Ehrmantraut in Belize.