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I just finished watching Season 3. What an amazing show! I was very lukewarm on it in the first season but I grew to like the show a lot.

I have some questions though. No spoilers for later seasons please.

  1. Why did Carcetti approach Burrell with help in the first episode? As a city councilman (before he had intentions of running for mayor) what political advantage does he get by helping out Burrell?
  2. If I understand correctly, Carcetti initially assumed that Mayor Royce would come out publicly against Colvin's experiment, which is why he approached Colvin hoping he could get the other side of the story for his own political gain. But he found out later that Royce was going to support the experiment, which is why he took the opposite view and ended being publicly against Hamsterdam. Am I misunderstanding this -- why exactly didn't Carcetti come out in public support of Hamsterdam?
  3. I understand Brother Mouzone learned from Omar that Stringer was ultimately responsible for his getting shot. But it's Avon who gave Mouzone and Omar Stringer's location, and Avon knew that the duo was going to murder Stringer, as it was he who had set them against him. Did I miss a scene where an exchange happens between Avon and Mouzone? Did Mouzone threaten Avon in any way? I don't remember any such scene.

EDIT: Thanks for the replies guys! I have one more question: The whole thing about how they got a Wire up on the burners completely went over my head. Can anyone give a summary of what happened and how exactly they got a Wire up on Stringer's cell phone? Since Stringer was also changing SIM cards constantly, how were they able to identify one single number as Stringer's, even for a short time?

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I searched the sub and saw a post where someone said Breanne and Stringer aren't there to support Avon as they were in season 1 but I don't want to comment on a post over a year old.

Breanne is clearly sitting there but who is Avon looking for? He had to know what happened to String. You can be locked up but you're still going to know about a high profile murder of a friend. Marlo shows up but that seems like a surprise so who is Avon looking for?

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“I mean he had this one ho pullin guns out her pussy, unc! The shit was unseemly, man.”

One of the funnier sets of lines in the entire series delivered perfectly by our man Method Man.

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damn... he's a monster

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Watching White Fang on Netflix with my kids and the sled dog runner asks the Marshall how many dogs they have. Marshall responds "6 since we lost Bunk and Jimmy to the wolves."

No way Bunk and Jimmy gonna fall to no wolves. They put wolves in prison.

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He plays Bubbles sponsor. He's a country singer, and was the song writer for the season 5 theme song.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Earle

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'If you try to circumvent the system - even if it's to do good - it will likely be at cost to yourself'

That's basically how I see McNulty. He arguably did things for the greater good and for the right reasons, but since he was always bending the rules of the system to make those things happen he inevitably pissed people off and caused problems, which always came back to bite him one way or another.

Agree, disagree? Thoughts?

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Howdy y’all, proud to be apart of this sub. After conservatively 10+ rewatches of the show, I finally had my ah ha moment.

I can’t remember what triggered it, but the Korean corner store tied everyone together, especially minor characters in the plot, AIRTIGHT!!

1)Randy says the Koreans are still charging him more than list price on candy. 2) Cuddy gets shot outside the store, tying in Michael as well. 3) Omar gets shot in the store, ties in gangster little man, *Kenard, that fronts on Naymond (name escapes me)

Anyways, I can’t believe the writing in the show to consistently tie all the seasons together. Thank you for the show, and thank you all for being such big fans. No better show.

P.S. If I find more tie ins I will finally learn how to edit and update.

Edit: Kenard

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I know 34,552 subscribers (what r/TheWire has as I type this) isn't huge comparatively speaking (GoT has 1.3M, r/BreakingBad 434K, r/thewalkingdead 520K), but it seems to be pretty high when you compare it against shows that were popular before Reddit became big, especially when you consider that The Wire wasn't very popular during its original run.

For instance, r/thesopranos has 22,351 subscribers despite Sopranos being far more popular and award-winning show, and really the only other show that gets regularly mentioned with The Wire as best show in TV history. Deadwood, which is usually mentioned in the same breath as The Wire for being an under-appreciated-during-its-own-life drama, has just 2,838 subs. Other acclaimed dramas I can think of: r/theshield 1.1K, r/sixfeetunder 2.2K, r/thewestwing 13.4K, r/ershow 179. NYPD Blue doesn't even have a subreddit as far as I can tell.

Even compared to past sci-fi shows, Wire's 34K is pretty good. r/bsg, the other past show subreddit I read, has just 21K. r/xfiles, despite having new seasons, has barely more with 35.2K. Though r/firefly, despite just having 1 season and 1 movie, seems to be the king of cult classic shows with 91.7K subscribers.

Obviously I'm biased since The Wire is my favorite show and so r/thewire's content will be inherently appealing to me. Just think it's pretty neat that a slow-burn of a show -- and one that is unavoidably tied to its era because of its theme of surveillance tech -- has an active Internet discussion community.

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Anyone else get chills with the outro theme, The Fall by Blake Leyh.

As someone who loves the Sopranos almost as much as The Wire, I enjoy a well selected end classic song that's different for each episode, and The Sopranos had some perfect choices that fit the mood each time.

But with The Wire, having no other music in the show other than what the characters are hearing in the background, having a classic rock or left-field song come out of nowhere at the end might be too jarring.

Instead they created a tune that somehow just captures every emotion associated with this magnificent show.

It's somehow achingly sad and nostalgic, yet with a hint of street steel and even wit. It's unassuming, but epic at the same time.

It fits every ending scene like a glove.

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Considering how they reacted to her being shot, I can't even imagine how it would have affected the rest of the characters. I bet at least a couple of the main characters would have resigned.

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Since David Simon likes to use real life inspiration s for his characters, are the Greeks based on a real life syndicate that smuggled drugs into Baltimore? Reason I ask is because I was watching the Real Avon Barksdale documentary on YouTube that reenacts Barksdale meeting with a Greek type to discuss drug importation.

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I realise this won’t get much attention as I can’t suss out how to add a picture, but it’s been 13 years since I saw the wire and I still don’t know what UTZ crab chips taste like dammit, they any good?

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When they were scoping out Hampsterdam. Was this a messup? Could it have been his last name? Or was it just Omar being funny?

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Having a rewatch, and think I missed something related to this scene in S4.

When Carcetti goes to offer condolances to the loved one of the dead witness, the lady seems not to know what he's talking about. Carcetti realises this and stops talking to her.

What was going on there?

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Having a quick rewatch, barely two eps into S1, but these two couples are a strange mirror to one another.

Never seen the comparison made before but I'm deeply unoriginal so it must have been observed countless times.

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