Skylar White's Color Scheme in Season 5 of Breaking Bad

  • Episode 1: Live Free Or Die

    Episode 1: Live Free Or Die
    Throughout the final season (5) of Breaking Bad, we see Skylar White dressed in two main color schemes: black and neutral/white. In our first image of Skylar for the season, we see her dressed in black. Skylar is talking on the phone with Walt about the death of Gus Fring. Her black attire is symbolic of the death that is occuring around her.
  • Episode 1: Live Free Or Die

    Episode 1: Live Free Or Die
    Again we see Skylar dressed in black, although this time is it more representative of fear. Skylar specifically tells Walt in this scene that she is afraid of him.
  • Episode 1: Live Free Or Die

    Episode 1: Live Free Or Die
    More black, but this time we get even more dimension to the color scheme. Black is symbolic of Skylar's criminal behavior with Ted Beneke's finances and Walt's business.
  • Episode 1: Live Free Or Die

    Episode 1: Live Free Or Die
    Skylar is in black as she goes to visit Ted in the hospital. He's not dead, but Skylar wears black to represent the criminal behavior, death, and destruction that surround her.
  • Episode 3: Hazard Pay

    Episode 3: Hazard Pay
    We don't see much of Skylar in episode 2 of season 5, but she returns in Hazard Pay (ep. 3) in the same black attire as before. In the image shown here, Walt is moving back into the house. Her black clothing is representative of fear, especially of Walt and his returning close proximity, which makes her fear for her children's safety.
  • Episode 3: Hazard Pay

    Episode 3: Hazard Pay
    Here's another image of Skylar in black from episode 3. She sits across from her sister - a contrast because Marie is dressed in all white. In this scene Skylar has a mental breakdown and the fear, anxiety, and darkness within her come to light.
  • Episode 4: Fifty-One

    Episode 4: Fifty-One
    Episode 4 is a crucial one in looking at Skylar's color scheme. For example, in the scene here, Skylar is in black while her son and her husband are dressed in red attire. While the red is symbolic of both vitality/life and blood/murder, black shows where Skylar is mentally.
  • Episode 4: Fifty-One

    Episode 4: Fifty-One
    Also in episode 4 we see Skylar wearing neutral tones for the first time of the season, which is a pattern that will continue until the end of the series.
  • Episode 4: Fifty-One

    Episode 4: Fifty-One
    It's Walt's 51st birthday in this episode, so when we see Skylar again wearing neutral tones, it's a reminder of her wish to conform back into society and become a normal family again. Skylar has also become a washed-out version of herself. She has no "color" left in her.
  • Episode 4: Fifty-One

    Episode 4: Fifty-One
    Here we see Skylar wearing blue for one of the only times in the season. The blue represents Walt's meth, but Skylar also wears white to represent the innocence that she longs for.
  • Episode 4: Fifty-One

    Episode 4: Fifty-One
    Here's the same scene, but it's also important to notice that Skylar is wearing white to match her actions. She walks into the pool as an attempt to cleanse herself of her past, although it doesn't work (she's still wearing blue underneath the surface of the water).
  • Episode 4: Fifty-One

    Episode 4: Fifty-One
    After the pool scene, Skylar's back in neutral tones, although this time worn over black to symbolize the darkness and fear right beneath the surface.
  • Episode 5: Dead Freight

    Episode 5: Dead Freight
    Skylar's not in much of episode 5, but when we do see her, she's back in black. "I'm not your wife, I'm your hostage," Skylar says, although that doesn't keep her from agreeing to be Walt's business "partner." The black/navy Skylar wears is again a representation of her criminal behavior in the meth business.
  • Episode 6: Buyout

    Episode 6: Buyout
    Here's Skylar wearing a bit of a purple and grey, which is a change for her this season, although this change can be attributed to Holly, who is one of Skylar's only joys in life.
  • Episode 6: Buyout

    Episode 6: Buyout
    Skylar is back to neutral tones, which is a contrast to Jesse and Walt's black attire. Skylar lets Jesse stay for dinner; she's too imprisoned to prostest Walt. Again, she has no color/no vitality.
  • Episode 8: Gliding Over All

    Episode 8: Gliding Over All
    Skylar has a dark color scheme here again, but she's wearing grey, a color we haven't seen her wear since she was with Holly. It doesn't represent any kind of change, though. Instead Skylar's grey attire is lets us know that she isn't any different than when we last saw her.
  • Episode 8: Gliding Over All

    Episode 8: Gliding Over All
    This scene in episode 8 is the only time we see Skylar dressed in green in the entire season. It's outside her typical color scheme and symbolic of money. Although Walt may be out of the meth business now, he still doesn't see anything but money.
  • Episode 8: Gliding Over All

    Episode 8: Gliding Over All
    Here we see Skylar - still out of her typical color scheme - wearing a greenish blue. She's happier here because Walt's out of the business, but her attire is a reminder that it's not over and the White family can't just move on from the past.
  • Episode 9: Blood Money

    Episode 9: Blood Money
    Skylar wears white in this scene as a symbol of her efforts to fit back into a normal life and regain innocence from the law and her husband's past.
  • Episode 10: Buried

    Episode 10: Buried
    Skylar wears neutral tones in episode 10 as a symbol of Hank's view of Skylar as being entirely innocent and even ignorant of all of Walt's criminal behavior, and her attempts to come clean.
  • Episode 11: Confessions

    Episode 11: Confessions
    In her neutral color scheme again, Skylar tries her best act to conform.
  • Episode 11: Confessions

    Episode 11: Confessions
    Again here Skylar wears white as a symbol of her desire to be innocent from the law and return to the purity of her life in the past.
  • Episode 11: Confessions

    Episode 11: Confessions
    Skylar in her neutral/white color scheme.
  • Episode 12: Rabid Dog

    Episode 12: Rabid Dog
    Although there are no changes to the symbolism behind Skylar's neutral/white color scheme, episode 12 provides more example of her quest for innocence and conformity.
  • Episode 12: Rabid Dog

    Episode 12: Rabid Dog
    Skylar wearing neutral/white to blend in.
  • Episode 13: To'hajiilee

    Episode 13: To'hajiilee
    In episode 13 it is noticable that Skylar wears white and blue. For the past few episodes, we have seen Skylar in only her neutral/white color scheme, so it is significant that there is a bit of blue in her clothing. It acts as a reminder of the family's involvement of the meth business and a "heads up" that something significant may happen in the near future.
  • Episode 14: Ozymandias

    Episode 14: Ozymandias
    This is a flashback to the first time that Walt cooks. Skylar is wearing blue to symbolize meth, but it also symbolizes purity. This is before Skylar had any knowledge of Walt's involvement in the meth business.
  • Episode 14: Ozymandias

    Episode 14: Ozymandias
    This is the same blue and white attire that Skylar was wearing in the previous episode, only this time it has more significance because the white signifies Skylar's attemps to move on and come clean, but the blue is a reminder of what tore the White family apart.
  • Episode 14: Ozymandias

    Episode 14: Ozymandias
    Here's another example of Skylar's blue and white color scheme.
  • Episode 15: Granite State

    Episode 15: Granite State
    Skylar is in neutral/white tones as she comes clean to lawyers about her family's role in the meth business. White is representative of purity, so in this scene, she is "coming clean."
  • Episode 16: Felina

    Episode 16: Felina
    This is our last image of Skylar for the entire series. We see her in neutral tones again to symbolize that she is isn't the woman that she was before. She is exhausted, she is depressed, she doesn't have as much life in her as before. She wants to conform back into society without her husband.
  • Episode 16: Felina

    Episode 16: Felina
    Here is one of the last shots of Skylar's color scheme in the series.