Rereading “Hamlet” for the umpteenth time, this time for AP Lit. Actually, it’s legitimately my favorite Shakespeare play; I memorized Hamlet’s entire third soliloquy the summer after eighth grade because, you know, I’m me. AND IT IS JUST WORDED SO GORGEOUSLY.
But, of course, everyone dies by the end. Kudos, William. Kudos.
Pretty sure R&G have fewer than 100 lines between them, and look what happened to them…
I saw a production of Hamlet in which Fortinbras orders Horatio to be shot in the head in the very last moment of the show.
It was pretty fucked up.
There was blood spray.
Oh wow, that’s … impressive, and horrible. And I want this.
That’s… actually as close to a happy end as Horatio will ever get, I think.
It’s also terrible and heartbreaking and terrible in about half a million different ways, but oh dear sweet lord, gimme. I need this. I need this a lot.
What You Crave vs What You Need
- Chocolate: Raw nuts/seeds.
- Oily/Fatty Snacks: Kale, leafy greens.
- Soda/Carbonated Drinks: Actual, literal bubbles.
- Chips/Salty Food: Topsoil.
- Cookies: Freudian psychology.
- Sweet Tea: A strong Southern gentleman to take care of you.
- Pasta/Carbs: Pasta/Carbs.
- Ice: The sweet release of death.
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.