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In Breaking Bad, it is seen in a mass sense that Marie has the entire home decorated in as much purple as possible:

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What is the significance with this colour in connection to her behaviour or even in relation to Hank's personality?

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Hank has a man cave, where he took Walt to drink scotch after the slaughter of all Mike's men in the prison. Like any man anywhere, what care does he have, what color a wife makes a Living Room? –  wbogacz Apr 20 '13 at 16:55
Good observation TylerShads! –  KeyBrd Basher Apr 22 '13 at 6:22
slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/08/12/… This article covers the symbolism behind all of the characters' colors. –  user6226 Sep 25 '13 at 2:08
Observed it in season 3, specially her kitchen/bedroom, purple utensils/furniture looked weird to me. Going to ask the same question even took a screenshot of her kitchen scene but you already have asked it +1. –  Ankit Sharma Oct 13 '13 at 11:04

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You are indeed right that Marie appears to have an obsession with purple, which is very clear in the earlier seasons (she's always wearing something purple) and as you've shown in your screencap her home is very much covered in purple furnishings.

The origins of this obsession are covered in an interview with Betsy Brandt (the actress who plays Marie) by AV Club:

In the beginning, my character… I didn’t have a lot of text, so I didn’t have a lot to go on, so I went with what I had. We were all assigned a color—mine was purple—and I said, “Well if her color is purple, then I think she just loves purple. She is really, really into purple.” She’s that kind of person. She doesn’t do anything half-assed. And Vince said, “Great!” And now everybody’s color has changed except for mine. I’m like, “How come everybody else’s color is changing, and mine’s not?” And [costume designer] Kathleen Detoro said, “Vince likes you in purple.” [Laughs.] So I’ve kept the purple, but then they’ve added in yellow, and this season I’ve had maybe one or two things that were black.

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In Thailand the color purple means widow and mourning. Season 5 makes all sense know the meaning of the color purple. I don't want to spoil the episode but I think you understand. I think it is a great touch of symbolism by the directors.

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Thanks... maybe you should add a spoiler warning or something... –  Coomie Sep 26 '13 at 5:43

I think that she wears purple as she feels more secure with her clothing and home surroundings being purple. When she gets depressed and upset in the final series she mainly wears the colour black.

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Haven't seen or heard this anywhere but I've always speculated the purple was a visual metaphor for blood and the meth. Blood (red) and meth (blue) are two main themes in the show, blue + red = purple but maybe I'm adding more brilliance then was intended

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Okay, but how do those themes relate to Marie and her behaviour? –  Crow T Robot Sep 3 at 5:55

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