Gunn’s performance was not that of an action heroine or a television genius, and it was not meant to be. Skyler carries the weight of Walt’s actions. Plenty of people hated her for it, Walt sometimes included. But Gunn’s performance pushed both Walt and the people who wanted to see him as a hero to increasingly contrived and ludicrous justifications for treating Skyler like she was a worse person than Walt.
Gunn’s drawn face in the last two seasons of “Breaking Bad” might not have brought about the end of the anti-hero era in television. But Gunn’s performance marked the end of a time when the creators of such shows could get away with writing anti-heroes’ wives as flat, cartoonish characters, or when audiences could get away with worshiping difficult men without encountering strong opposition.
Oh yeah, that’s a good one! How would they meet, though?
…Maybe Skyler is at Saul’s office, in the waiting room. Kim comes through the door. She hasn’t seen Saul in years, and she’s apprehensive, annoyed, and disappointed in him, but kind of wants to talk to him anyway. She sits down next to Skyler to wait. She starts talking to Skyler, making some idle conversation, asking if she’s met Saul before. Kim just wants to hear something positive about him. Skyler is guarded, but she feels bad for Kim, assuming she’s in some sort of trouble, and recommends that she go find a more above-board lawyer. Kim starts talking more, opening up a bit, and ultimately they end up getting lunch together nearby after Skyler finishes up.
I imagine this is around the time of Skyler trying to get Ted to pay his taxes. It’s a lonely time in her life; she doesn’t have anyone to talk to except Marie, and even then it’s the constant burden of hiding Walt’s secret. It’s been a long time since she’s had lunch with a friend. Maybe Kim is at a similar time in her life, busy with work, maybe she’s fresh out of a failed relationship. Skyler and Kim both just need some pleasant companionship.
A few weeks later, they’re at Kim’s house, drinking wine on the couch (in copious amounts), and Skyler’s laughing, genuinely, for the first time in months, and Kim notices how pretty she looks. She puts her arm around Skyler. “Thanks,” Kim says.
“Thanks? For what?”
“Just…thanks. For coming over. This is nice.”
And Skyler feels the heat from Kim’s hand, that electric tingle, and she leans in for a hug, and suddenly their mouths meet. Skyler can’t tell Kim everything– she can’t tell her anything, really– but she finally feels the loneliness lifting. They end up making gentle, passionate love together on the couch, and afterward they wrap in a blanket and watch a movie, Skyler with her head in Kim’s lap while Kim runs her hand through her hair.