Anna Gunn on Skyler's 'Desperate Hope' as 'Breaking Bad' Nears the End
Skyler White (Anna Gunn) in 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)
Things are looking pretty good for Skyler White as we enter the final eight episodes of "Breaking Bad." Well, relatively speaking. After all, her drug kingpin husband Walt is finally getting out of the business, they're sitting on a very large pile of cash, and it looks like they might just get out of this whole crazy mess with their family (and lives) intact.
"I think she has this feeling like, 'Is it possible that we can get away with this, and perhaps time will take care of this whole thing?'" says Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler on AMC's Emmy-winning drama. "It's that kind of desperate hope, even though you know underneath it that it's probably not possible for it to be okay. She so desperately wishes that none of this had ever happened. It's that sort of denial thing, like, 'We'll have a barbecue and we'll just try to be a happy, normal family again.' And that is such a deep desire in her that I think she's just happy to fool herself for a little while."
But of course, Skyler can't fool herself for much longer. At that fateful barbecue that capped the first half of Season 5, her DEA brother-in-law Hank stumbled upon a huge clue while relieving himself in the Whites' bathroom, and Walter and Skyler's whole house of cards looks like it's about to come crashing down. Hard.
With the homestretch of "Breaking Bad" kicking off this Sunday, Gunn sat down with Yahoo! TV to talk about how she felt on her last day of shooting, what Skyler is really afraid of in these final episodes, and why some "BB" fans still see Skyler as the enemy. Plus, the Emmy nominee gives us an inside perspective on a highlight from last season: Skyler's eerie plunge into the family pool in "Fifty-One."
Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in 'Breaking Bad' Season 5. (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)
"Breaking Bad" is shot in New Mexico, where the series is set, and that gave Gunn a home-court advantage; she's actually a native of the state. "I'm from Santa Fe, so I felt like I was bringing everyone to my home state. We formed a tight-knit family out there. There were a lot of poker games. I don't play poker, but I was there for a lot of poker games. [Laughs]"