Originally Posted by 19braves77
I watched a little bit more of the Season 2 tonight and I think this series has only had two bad subplots so far: Skylar's affair and Marie's stealing illness.
Skylar's affair was a vital aspect to giving Ted money, as her feelings for Ted were intertwined with being willing to help him cook the books. I think it was an important subplot in this subtext.
Marie's thievery, in my opinion, was just a way for the writer's to stack up Skylar's struggle with everyone around her losing their moral compass. It sort of forced her to accept Walt's 'profession' a bit more because she couldn't stand on moral ground with her sister being a thief and her boss cooking the books. I agree that this wasn't all that enjoyable an angle, but I do think it served a real purpose.
It's amazing watching from the second season onward a second and third time at how many clues were left by the writers to foreshadow events.
For instance: in the episode before season four's "End Times," when Walt is sitting by the pool playing roulette by spinning the gun on the table beside him, he looks to his right at the Lily of the Valley plant. That's when he concocts the idea to make Brock sick with it. Of course, no one could have known that was what he was looking at or why.
A few episodes earlier, they also foreshadowed Ted's slip as he was in the kitchen when Skylar came over and he almost tripped over the rug. They zoom in as he makes it a point to use his foot to straighten the rug.
I'm now thinking that due to these clues, they might go all the way with Walt breaking bad. Vince has been vocal about the Scarface influences on the show and it's worth noting that when Walt is watching the last scene in Scarface with junior right before Tony is killed on his rampage, he says "everyone gets killed in these movies."' Coupled with Mike's observation that Walt was a ticking time bomb, it may have been another hint, especially given the appearance of the automatic weapon in the season five flash forward. I am actually hoping for Hank to look the other way and Walt to live on, but it seems doubtful at this point.