It’s not that the characters are women, it’s that their only purpose is to react negatively to what a male character does—often our lead, the guy we’re supposed to latch onto and root for. Walter White is not a hero, but he got loads of screen time in each episode to be a dick but then be a sad sack you couldn’t help but feel sorry for. Skyler was often limited to “Criticize Walt for things,” and when that’s all you get of her for a few weeks, it shapes a bias. Andrea started as a Would-be Action Girl who wasn’t allowed to do things but decided to do them anyway, because she wasn’t going to be some helpless victim. Suddenly she was attached to a major male character, and IN PLOT was not allowed to do things anymore, or have scenes that didn’t somehow really revolve around him. Her new role? To complain at him about things he was doing. While it’s almost always justified by the story or the plot (Walter is the main character, the Governor is a controlling asshat, Don Draper just sucks at marriage, etc.), it seems most female characters end up falling into this trap of nagging second fiddle who’s just there to be yet another obstacle for the lead.