One of the great moments in the third season of “Breaking Bad” came in the episode “Kafkaesque,” when Skyler White (Anna Gunn) spun a huge and very detailed lie about how she and her husband, Walt (Bryan Cranston), had the money to pay her brother-in-law Hank’s (Dean Norris) hospital bills. Her story leaves Walt with his jaw hanging open — and came as a bit of a surprise to Gunn as well.
“I didn’t know she necessarily had that in her, in terms of how elaborate and carefully constructed the lie was,” Gunn told Zap2it when we visited the “Breaking Bad” set in Albuquerque in late March. “But I think it goes to her intelligence — she was always created as a really intelligent woman. … I knew that sort of potential was in there, but I think the fact that she was so good at passing the story off is pretty interesting.”
We also talked with Gunn about the ramifications of Skyler finding out about Walt’s criminal life, and what it might mean for her now that she not only knows what’s going on but is actively taking part in trying to clean her husband’s drug money.
“It’s just pragmatism, essentially,” she says in the video clip above. “She says, ‘OK, this is what needs to be done,’ and I think it speaks to the strength in her character that she knows she’s in an awful position, but she’s not going to pity herself, she’s not going to cry about it. She’s going to do what needs to be done. …
“I think there’s certainly a lot of justification that goes on in her head, just as Walt has his justifications for the choices he’s made. For her, it’s just built into her that if her family needs help and this is the way it’s going to be, she’s going to make it work.”
“Breaking Bad’s” fourth-season premiere is at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on AMC. We’ll have more video and interviews from our time on set later in the week.