'Wire' Obits

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Last Sunday David Simon managed to wrap up the fate of Baltimore’s corner hoppers, dead-eyed killers, scrappy investigators, and sheisty politicos with a surprisingly elegant, upbeat, and dare I say, satisfying finale for the five season run of HBO’s The Wire. Though, especially in the season’s early going, the tacked on element of the Baltimore Sun’s reporting came off as personal axe-grinding, and what’s worse – the manner in which McNulty and Lester Freamon (of all people) suddenly and fervently got into the business of case-fixing, tossing out every procedural roadblock that had foiled them in the past four seasons, was quite shark-jumpy, to say the least. That being said, the far few too many people who rode out The Wire’s run from start to finish were treated to one of the best close out episodes in recent memory, especially in contrast to the blackouts, cancellations, and unfinished business that HBO’s recent series have suffered in the past couple years.

Each shot in the closing montage of The Wire’s series finale, tagged and bagged (Vulture)

— “The Wire arrived, six years ago, to little fanfare and modest expectation. It demanded from viewers a delicate, patient consideration and a ridiculous degree of attention to detail. It wasn’t for everyone. We proved that rather quickly.” – A final thank you to Wire fans from show creator David Simon. (via TV Squad)

— Now that they’re all among the dearly departed, which is the greatest TV drama ever – The Wire, The Sopranos, or (tough choice but I choose…) Deadwood? – The House Next Door (via This Savage Art)

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