I haven’t finished the complete series (almost finishing up the fourth season).
From the beginning, I liked Jesse more than Walter. Sure, Jesse seems like he had all the best advantages in life and yet he squandered them all away just to be “cool”. But fundamentally, he seems like a good guy. A follower, to be sure. But definitely someone capable of loving and feeling. I smile every time he says “yo.”
Maybe he is learning disabled or has ADHD or just has a wild unbridled creative streak that made his adolescence rough. His parents had high expectations for him and all he ever seemed to do is disappoint. So he sought out a path where he could excel. The suburban “thug” life. But deep down, he’s still the kid that’s eager to please with his “artwork”. Never before in his life had he felt as proud as he was when successfully cooked in front of the cartel. I cheered with him.
I have really grown to dislike Walter, on the other hand. He’s a born beta male, just like Jesse is, but unlike Jesse, he thinks being Heisenberg changed this when it SO totally hadn’t. Gus won Jesse over by respecting him as a man. But even when Walter didn’t know what the hell he was doing and truly needed Jesse, he never treated him anything more than a punk kid who needed "schoolin’. Every instruction prefaced with an insult. Every attempt from Jesse to prove his mettle greeted with a wince and an exasperated sigh. At first, when Walter was still kinda “rootable”, it was kind of funny in a Bill Cosby sort of way. We’re supposed to feel sorry for Walter that he has to suffer such a fool. But after you see how Jesse is handled by Mike and Gus, he doesn’t seem like such a fool. And that makes Walter seem that much more abusive and, strangely, inferior.
I like the show. But there are aspects that make me uncomfortable in a way that “The Wire” didn’t. After doing some googling, I found I’m not the only one who has noticed certain things. I’m going to finish the series, but I doubt I’m going to revisit it like I do other shows.