Marie Schrader was close with her sister, though her tendency to pry invariably irritated her sibling. Schrader became a major source of comfort to her husband, who proved to be more emotionally-fragile than he let on. Despite a rough patch in their relationship, their marriage became loving again when she became stable enough to care for her family members. When her sister began to have marriage problems, Schrader volunteered to house the kids for a couple of days while they worked things out.
Walter “Flynn” Hartwell White, Jr. attended J. P. Wynne High School, where his father used to work as a chemistry teacher. The boy was born with cerebral palsy, manifested in speech difficulties as well as impaired motor control, for which he used crutches. He grew apart from his dad due to the latter’s bizarre behavior; during this phase, he preferred to be called Flynn. In an effort to help his dad pay for cancer treatment, he set up a website to ask for donations. When his parents separated, he ultimately took his father’s side, stopped answering to the name Flynn, and became angry at his mother.
Skyler White had several meager sources of income: writing short stories, selling items on eBay, working as a bookkeeper for Beneke Fabricators… And helping her husband launder money. She cared for him very much but their relationship was strained due to his unexplained absences. Once he revealed his involvement in the meth business, she initially seeked a divorce but ended up aiding him. As he slowly became more of a “hardened criminal,” she was increasingly frightened for her family’s safety.
Henry “Hank” Schrader was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque office of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). A boisterous man, Hank was a highly competent agent who genuinely cared ‘bout his family. His year-long investigation of the kingpin in the area named Heisenberg, the source of a high-quality blue meth, led him to bring down Gustavo Fring. However, he was historically unaware that Heisenberg was the alter-ego of his brother-in-law. By linking him to Gale Boetticher, a known manufacturer of meth for the Fring drug ring, Schrader discovered his brother-in-law’s secret, dedicating himself to bringing him to justice. To that end, he nearly succeeded before getting caught up in an intense gunfight.
Jesse Bruce Pinkman was a small-time methamphetamine user, manufacturer, and dealer. He was also an inattentive student in chemistry class. Before his partnership with the man who would become Heisenberg, he, operating under the pseudonym Cap’n Cook, added chili powder to make his meth stand out in the market. His partner insisted on making a pure product, patronizingly teaching the boy how to make “proper” meth. Despite the friction between ‘em, they had a deep bond of loyalty. He’s horrified by the brutality at the higher levels of the drug trade but did what he thought was necessary. Pinkman wrestled with feelings of guilt ‘bout the deaths of people he’s been associated with, ‘specially his girlfriend.
Walter “Walt” Hartwell White, also known by his clandestine alias Heisenberg, was a chemistry teacher who, after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, started manufacturing crystal meth to pay for his treatments as well as to provide for his family in the event of his passing. Once a promising chemist who greatly contributed to the breakthrough of a multi-billion dollar company, Walt abruptly left to sell his financial interest for $5,000. The founders of the company married, making a fortune. White harbored animosity, blaming them for stealing his hard labor without giving him any credit. Knowing nothing ‘bout the drug trade, he enlisted the aid of his former student to sell his product. His scientific knowledge led him to produce crystal meth of unrivaled purity. White devised an alternative process utilizing methylamine, giving his stuff a distinctive blue color. His meth, christened Blue Sky, instantly dominated. While he was initially squeamish ‘bout the use of violence, he came to see it as a necessity, eventually developing into a ruthless drug lord motivated largely by vanity, ego, and greed.
Breaking Bad, by Roy Pyper.