Another shock on 'The Wire' as the HBO series nears its conclusion

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Omar never saw it coming. Neither did the actor who plays him, Michael K. Williams. Full Story
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James Smith

Baltimore, MD

#1 Feb 24, 2008
WTF Man, way to spoil a great series for the rest of us. Not all of us have HBO! A good spoiler ahead warning was warranted! What poor journalism!
Bec

Abingdon, MD

#2 Feb 24, 2008
You could have put up a spoiler alert! I read this before the show aired...
Rob

Abingdon, MD

#3 Feb 24, 2008
and thanks for putting this on the website before the episode had even aired.
marie

United States

#4 Feb 24, 2008
I've been watching The Wire since the begining. I love it so much that I don't ever want it to end. It is the best series I ever stayed glued to watch every Sunday. I hate to see it end.
omarfan

Williamsburg, VA

#5 Feb 24, 2008
For those looking for more Michael K. Williams, I rented "Gone Baby Gone" this weekend and he's got a minor part as a Boston cop. The people I was watching the movie thought I was out of my d*mn mind when I jumped up from the coach and yelled "That's Omar!". I'm looking forward to his upcoming projects. Long live "The Wire"!
Nick

AOL

#7 Feb 25, 2008
For the dumbass complaining abou it being a spoiler...it says it right the title...SPOILER. Learn to read.
Muriel

Bethesda, MD

#8 Feb 25, 2008
I'm SO DEVASTATED!!!
When I saw Omar get shot, first I was in complete shock. I had to stop for a second to absorb it... I was like, did that REALLY happen? No, it can't be!!!
But, then when I came to, I just wanted to kick that stupid little kid. I can't believe that Omar is gone!
I really am devastated. I know he is just a character, but he was my favorite character on TV. He was super hero, homeless guy, thief, and most loyal friend all wrapped up into one.
I'll hang around until the end of the season, but it won't be much fun watching TV anymore.
I can't wait to see what Michael Williams will be in next. I'll be the first in line.
TS Columbia MD

Woodstock, MD

#10 Feb 25, 2008
I agree Muriel. Why would someone post that?!?! Not everyone has OnDemand or had time to watch it like those couch potatoes in front of the TV counting down to midnight with their chips and soda because they have nothing else better to do.
chris

Rockville, MD

#11 Feb 25, 2008
"Why would someone post that?"
Because they are a**holes.
Ted Kraycik

Baltimore, MD

#12 Feb 25, 2008
Are you kidding me???
The Sun posted this to their site out of pure SPITE.

After all, they get absolutely CHAR-BROILED every week on for their inept reporting skills, laziness and overall disregard for reporting the truth.

Is it any wonder that they want to try and spoil this.

NO EXCUSE for Rwillz. Just an Idiot. Nothing to report there.
Michelle

Wilmington, DE

#13 Feb 25, 2008
I read spoilers that clued me in to Omar's demise- apprehension gripped me, I avoided watching the early episode- knowing that it was probably correct and that Omar would fall at the hands of a child- I agonized. A character of this magnitude deserves more, I thought. More.
In remaining true to it's soul- The Wire has delivered a powerful kick to the gut. I get it.
No victory for the man with the code- I wish it wasn't so. Thank you M K Williams, thank you for the life you gave to Omar Little.
gbconfused

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#14 Feb 25, 2008
Omar was the scales that maintained the balance and rules of the game. Granted, Omar was slipping with the rage he had for Marlo and the leg injury. Omar was supposed to take cover, heal, make up for Butches' killing and then balance the scales of the game. Of course, this is not the wire way. Omar will be missed and for me, his death ruin the rest of the season for me. Another great show that is missed by too many folks.
Humbly

Baltimore, MD

#15 Feb 25, 2008
Omar is missed of course, best character in the series.
But his exit makes sense to me, no showdown, no great gunbattle, just a single shot from a child and Omar is gone. Violence is like this.

One thing has me puzzled.
At the very end of the episode, there is a scene in the morgue. An attendant unzips a body bag and there is Omar inside. The attendant checks the tag and looks confused and then switchs the tag on Omars body bag with the tag on the body next to his.

Why?
brstevens

Baltimore, MD

#16 Feb 25, 2008
Humbly wrote:
At the very end of the episode, there is a scene in the morgue. An attendant unzips a body bag and there is Omar inside. The attendant checks the tag and looks confused and then switchs the tag on Omars body bag with the tag on the body next to his.
Why?
To all of us watching the show and invested in the character, we thought he was a superhero; a modern-day Robin Hood. That scene showed that he was, in fact, another indigent, no friends or family having banger who got beat by "the game."

He was so anonymous and unimportant in the grand scheme they couldn't even keep his tag straight in the morgue. Or bother to mention his demise in the paper.

“MY EYES ARE OPEN”

Since: May 07

Land of the O's

#17 Feb 25, 2008
brstevens wrote:
<quoted text>
To all of us watching the show and invested in the character, we thought he was a superhero; a modern-day Robin Hood. That scene showed that he was, in fact, another indigent, no friends or family having banger who got beat by "the game."
He was so anonymous and unimportant in the grand scheme they couldn't even keep his tag straight in the morgue. Or bother to mention his demise in the paper.
stone cold truth! I wish children could get the message you just put fourth. it is our only hope that kids realize that our purpose in life is to leave a legacy...if you chose to live like Omar you will waste you life. No one remembers the hood heros in the way that there memories are often romantacized on TV and in rap albums. Once the road side memorials are cleared away ...the memories soon pass as well.
Rwillz

Keller, TX

#18 Feb 25, 2008
Nick wrote:
For the dumbass complaining abou it being a spoiler...it says it right the title...SPOILER. Learn to read.
Well u did not have to read it they had it poster and I thought I put it in the on demand sec I'm new to this sorry no need to cry about have them delete it next sun dont read what I post
Rwillz

Keller, TX

#19 Feb 25, 2008
DONT READ IF NO ON DEMAND I DONT WANT TO BE BLAMED FOR UR CRYING also for everyone that got mad forget u read this. They finally got marlo but it dont matter cause they tapped his cell phone as far as snoop trying to kill michel and him getting the best of her that was crazy. She told him he was smart then said how's my hair then bam he blew out her brains and dookie going to live with the homless. Michels lil bro living with his aunt in a rich hood. The girl rats out mcnulty to ida or whatever the cops busting them with like 60 keys. It was the best episode ever I swear u guys will really like it ps dont read if u dont have on demand
greg

Windsor Mill, MD

#21 Feb 25, 2008
Part of me, well most of me didn't want to see him "get got". He had to die though. Alive he would have a fate worse then death - irrelevance. Can you imagine Omar on the corner singing his woes and useta beens? At least now he's a legend, part of the Baltimore mythology.

As a metaphor he was the last of a breed - a thief with honor. He represented a code.
bmorepride

Baltimore, MD

#22 Feb 25, 2008
I have always been fascinated by the Wire because it hits close to home. Some past and current dealers have been well protrayed in the 5 seasons. But, also, our current governor and the police dept that allowed the current state of Baltimore has been well protrayed too. I was reminded by my nephew who was in the game that Omar Little was the son of a guy I grew up with. I have no idea if the role he played in the Wire was accurate to the real person but week after week hearing the name of the Barksdale, Sylvano, Bodie, etc gave me more people I could identify with and the life we grew up with. Fortunately, I was not in the game but still have to aware of who is because there is no telling when the game will come to you even though you are not apart of it. And that is the real story of the Wire, all of the innocent and collateral people affected by the greed of the game. From the City Hall to the State Senate to the Police dept to the newspapers to the docks of Baltimore. On the morgue scene, the subtle message was that as great as Omar was against Barksdale and Stanfield, in the end when he died, he was no different than the homeless man that was laying beside him. Check out the newspaper scene when deciding to put a murder or a fire in the 30 inches. What is going to be interesting is to see how McNulty gets out of the mess he has created and how it affects the arrest and prosecution of the Stanfield gang.
wmh2393

Tallahassee, FL

#23 Feb 25, 2008
The character of Omar was a classic, and very impressivly portrayed, Shakespearean tragic hero. He had survived a lot. He had made his money, gotten out of the game and moved on with his life leaving Baltimore streets behind. But in the end, it was his loyalty to friends - that compassion - combined with the cruel acts of Marlo & his crew that drew him back in once Butchy was killed. It was at that point you knew no one could get out of it, no matter how hard they tried, and that eventually the streets would claim them.

As a viewer I found myself rooting for Omar, for him to get his vengeance against Marlo. When I saw him go down, I too was left with a void. I kept asking myself, "Did that really just happen?" I told my wife "I can't believe it" like four times right after it happened! I was shocked and disappointed at the same time, knowing that Omar won't get his revenge. It left an unfulfilling feeling in me. I even felt angry at Kenard!

I have to say, Micheal Williams did a phenomenal job as Omar Little. He should be recognized amongst his peers and commended. Unfortunately, I don't know that will ever happen as The Wire has mostly flown under the radar.

I've watched The Wire since Season 2 and for the first time in a long time I am truly going to miss a television series.

But, "thank you" to The Wire creator, cast and crew for bringing such a wonderful experience to so many fans.

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