LOOK AT ME!
The all-seeing eyeball separated from the pink teddy bear becomes a prominent symbolic motif throughout the series, representing guilt and facing one’s crimes; in other words the eye is telling whoever possesses it “Take a look at what you’ve done…”; in Walt’s case, it’s a constant reminder of the pains and deaths he’s caused or is bound to cause if he follows the same criminal path. The eyeball resurfaces in again in following seasons, and besides Walt now other characters get to look at it too: in 4.01 Skyler looks the eye in slight amazement as she’s probably feeling guilty of having left Walt (they reunite midway through season 4). In 3.02, one of the cousins holds the eyeball while attempting to assassinate Walt, right before being stopped by Gus. More interestingly, in 4.11 Gus tortures Hector by showing him Don Eladio’s eye charm, in a way forcing him to ‘face’ his crimes, with the menacing line, “Look at me, Hector!”:
THE ASSAILANT WITHIN
Walt’s shift in behavior accompanied by the porkpie hat hints at another theme of the episode; fearing the loved ones…as both Walt and Skyler spend the episode terrified of each other. Skyler gets a glimpse of Walt’s new look in a scene which seems like a horror flick sequence with an assailant trespassing. She’s a bit terrified of Heisenberg, essentially a stranger, standing still in the living room, distant as if hypnotized, much like Jack Torrance from Kubrick’s “The Shining”. Walt is again deafened by the beep sound like upon hearing the cancer news in the Pilot. It’s as if whenever he feels death closing in (in this case, coming from Tuco) all the sounds around him fade away.
- The camera moves along her shoulders down the hallway as Skyler approaches this ‘assailant’, mistaking him for her husband, and Walt (partly himself and partly Heisenberg, hence the combination of regular glasses and the hat) is of course startled when Skyler snaps him out of it. “Are you okay?”. The horror sequence follows, the horror eventually turns into a semi-rape scene as Walt leaves the hat (becoming himself on the surface) and forces Skyler into having sex with him. Note how he looks troubled while attempting to do so, hinting at his duality; both Walt and Heisenberg are at work here. Skyler fights back and it results in smacking her head against the fridge, leaving a green mark for Junior to notice.
- Ashamed of his not-so-atypical behavior, Walt runs into the yard and sits by the pool of ‘consequences’. (Like whenever there’s a dramatic shift in his life.) Skyler tries to calm him down: “…I know none of this is fair, but you cannot take it out on me…”, which of course becomes another recurring in throughout the series as Walt eventually forces his false sense of authority onto Skyler.
- Another instance of the lurking dread in the White residence is the final sequence when Walt, terrified of what Tuco might have planned for him runs home to check up on his family. Similarly, the camera moves along his shoulder down the hallway. This resembles the famous bathroom encounter from “The Shining” (although not chronologically). In both instances, the protagonists, Walt and Jack, find a woman in the bathtub. Of course the following horror differs greatly: