Certain characters achieve a level of venom from audiences that can be surprising. Even when they aren’t the main antagonist, trying to take over the world, or even all that villainous, people loathe them…but why? Why is it that certain characters garner more hatred than others? Is it that they aren’t as clever, physically attractive, or entertaining as their more tolerated counterparts? …Sometimes, but not always. Usually there is a deeper reason behind the audience’s intense dislike. It would seem that those characters on TV, film, and in comics who really get our blood boiling are those we’ve met – in one way or another – in real life before.
So a married, middle-aged, high school chemistry teacher with a disabled teen son and infant daughter on the way is already floundering financially when he finds out he’s got cancer…what does he do? Start a meth business with a drug-addicted former student of his to ultimately become an international drug kingpin, of course. Fascinating character arch, but who on Earth would do such a thing? What kind of man would go from mild-mannered to cold-blooded in the course of about a year? A man like Walter White, apparently, which brings us to the question…what kind of man IS Walter White?