Television is a highly visual medium, we all know that. But Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, wanted to take that to a new level. What if, colours actually correlate to the actions you see on screen? Spoilers ahead, so please watch before reading. I can’t stress enough how good this show STILL is.
Lets take Hanks wife Marie as a obvious one. She only wears purple. That was an obvious one. But it goes way deeper. Take the colour green. When Walter starts cooking meth he begins wearing green hues to represent greed, money and growth. Before he started he was a man only wearing neutrals. You could even say that because his wife Skylar only wears blue and his first meth mentor Jesse only wears yellow he becomes green via the influence of both of them.
His brother-in-law Hank is constantly seen wearing orange, which in the color wheel is the exact opposite of green. This is because Hank is a DEA agent trying to find out who is cooking and supplying all the meth and therefore Walter’s greatest nemesis. Lets get back to that purple. Purple is situated exactly between orange and blue so exactly between Skylar (her sister) and Hank (Her husband), representing her duality between her husband and sister.
But it doesn’t stop with interrelation aspect but also in relation to meth. Yellow has been associated with the production of meth (not the meth itself) by using yellow hazmat suits and carrying around yellow containers of liquid. So the closest to the meth are Jesse, Walter and Hank. Hank because he wants to get rid of it, Walter because he wants to create it and Jesse because he wants to create OR use it at times. Marie on the other hand is on the complete other side of the wheel
This chart shows us the emotions of every character by color:
Let that sit for a while, think it through, this just shows that you can make anything brilliant with the right amount of detail.
Let’s talk again soon,