How ‘Breaking Bad’ Used Swimming Pools to Wash Away Any Character’s Chance of Attaining Happiness

Why Breaking Bad is Full of Swimming Pools

In an extremely insightful video essay, Debra Minoff and Susannah McCullough of The Take take a deep dive into how swimming pools were used in the sublime series Breaking Bad to show how the greed and corruption of extermaterialism drowned out and washed away any chance for any character to attain any sort of happiness at any time.

In Breaking Bad, why do terrible things keep happening around the swimming pools? Today let’s take a look at the secret symbolism of the pool and find out how this all-American fixture has been offering us a secret window into the story – and characters like Walter White and Gus Fring – all along

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.