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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Revelations: Why Does Walter White Love Wine So Much?

"There is power in the blood..."

Seriously...that's what this post is going to be about. I think the answer to the question is pretty important. Don't believe me...? Here are splattering of sources that are slightly more sacrosanct that my usual schizophrenic syntax.
You thought meth was bad, and corresponded with sin and corruption? Child's play; in the universe of Breaking Bad, boozums break the deepest.

Even when sober, Walt often acts like a belligerent asshole. 
The previous supercut, edited masterfully by NY Mag's Vulture, makes me wonder why we haven't seen Walt wearing a "wife beater" before...

He even comes across like someone being pulled over for a DUI, though someone with a buzz wouldn't be as big as bastard as someone bugged by bad faith...

What seems to be the officer, problem?

You do pick up on some good libations; it's a family affair...  
...until it's not; merry libations lead to nasty vibrations.

Even something as light as beer has him make "sterling decisions..."

 One of the many rock-bottoms in White's life of pushing limits to the excess

There are many examples of Walt's favorite and most self-destructive liquid refreshement, wine, but I think this single icon encapsulates the score quite nicely...
Heisen-Walt at the end of 4x05 "Shotgun" looks like he is ready to make sweet tongue love to the rim of Hank and Marie's fancy wine glass. You devil, you!
 Skylar loves wine too. Jesse likes juice and water.

So....why is wine an even more viscous signifier of White's vicious streak? More than the tequila, scotch, or beers. More than his own product, meth, which he never touches.

Gilligan would never tell, so let's use some secondary gospel.
  •  And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon[f] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name (Revelation 14: 8-11)
....Ooooooh, this likely unravels the meaning of the show's maniacal dipsomania...kind of sobers ya up from all the free wheelin' fun we were having...

What does this mean for those in Walt's world of inebriated inertia? Well, as the someone that has direct experience with the effects of literal alcoholism on family and community, I think--everybody knows by now--they're fucked...
  • And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs" (Revelation 14:18-19)
  • "Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it (Isiah 5:14)
There's only one clip I can think of that responds to these wine and brimstone revelations....

Let's turn attentions to the "lighter side;" there's a craft beer coming out inspired by Walter White, Drink up!

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