Thursday, March 6, 2008

You asked for it

I said I wasn't going to do any predictions for the finale. I made it clear that I am not so literarily inclined to guessing. I don't have Bulfinch's mythology memorized or Polti's Thirty Six Dramatic Situations on notecards. But Adam asked for it. Although terrible at this parlor game, I will give it a try. What will happen in episode 60?

Media story- Gus's contract will be bought out due to his increased friction with the bosses. And especially to bury any indications that Templeton fabricated his stories. Templeton will win the Pulitzer. The newspaper misses the whole McNulty and Templeton lying about the serial killers bit...

Cop-shop: The whole McNulty lying about the serial killers bit- obviously explodes internally. This can't happen at a worse time politically. Daniels is about to be promoted, Carcetti is on his way up, Rawls still hates McNulty but thinks he may have a chance at remaining the chief if its quiet. Some serious things are threatened, including Beadie's position in harbor patrol if McNulty doesn't go quietly. He does go... as in commits suicide. I mean, let's be serious, the bust he's sacrificed his career for is meaningless, his family has deserted him (both of them), everything he touches gets hurt- pretty depressing stuff. So he hangs himself on a doorknob. Or throws himself under a train. Cop funeral comes and goes- with a powerful speech by The Bunk. The day afterwards a rookie takes McNulty's desk, and he's basically forgotten. Lester is put on "the boat." Oh yeah, Pearlman occasionally sells grand jury information to lawyers- It's Baltimore, baby, no one gets out clean.

Marlo trial, etc- Marlo gets out on the illegal wiretap. After Levy comes to them alleging said wiretap, the state decides to drop charges rather than expose the serial killer fake plot. The Greek gets nervous that Marlo has gotten out easily and thinks he is turned. Without his muscle to save him, Marlo is killed by the Greek's people.

4 Kids- I think we saw the last of Namond last episode, he's proven successful, maybe we see him win another award or a scholarship to college (even though he's a little far away I think). Micheal lies low for most of the episode, but does end up connecting with Cheese as an enforcer. Dukie shoots up in the barn with the arabbers. He later gets caught by the police with some dope and sent to boys village. Unable to contact his parents, they try to get Prez to be his guardian, but Prez can't take on that responsibility and Dukie is lost within the system/addicted to drugs. Randy commits a crime and is put in jail somewhere in the episode or maybe the montage. In the montage we see what the point of their story is- 1 in 4 makes it out, 1 in 4 becomes a drug dealer, 1 in 4 becomes addicted to drugs/dies, 1 in 4 is in prison.

Political- A lot of people want Carcetti to be governor. He ducks the serial killer issue, plays up his "gains" in education. Tells the people that he's tough on crime. Basically it's a new day in Baltimore. The Montage features his victory celebrations and a high ranking DNC official telling him that if he plays his cards right, he might be looking at a vice presidency offer, or better.

Ok, some of this was more tongue in cheek, but I don't think I went out on any limbs here or made outrageous suggestions. I've tried to follow the general arc of the seasons' outcomes and various character's hubris. So I think all of this could happen and remain true to the show's themes. But I have a feeling that Simon will go in an unexpected direction (he always does). Now, wise and worldly readers, what do you think will happen in the last episode of the wire EVER? Will I look back at this post on Sunday evening and chuckle?

1 comment:

Adam said...

Every single critic praises the wire because of its "realism" and connection to the street, especially when referencing characters like marlo, the kids, and even carcetti in terms of "real politics". But I was just reading a david simon interview and he likened the wire to some of the great greek plays like oedipus and antigone, especially when it comes to characters like omar and mcnulty. He even said (paraphrasing here) that it was a Greek tragedy painted across a modern American city.

so my question to you pete: Do you see the wire as a realistic presentation of an inner American city or as a Greek tragedy?