The final season of HBO's dramatic tour de force The Wire is coming to a close. This next episode will be the last and Sunday's installment was truly bittersweet. Michael, the young assassin recruited from the local junior high school and played to perfection by Tristan Wilds, was responsible for the death of one of the series' most memorable characters.
Spoilers and analysis after the jump.
This week Michael shot Snoop.
This happened as Snoop was driving Michael into what would have been an ambush and his death. Marlo Stanfield ordered Michael's death after the police seized millions of dollars worth of heroin, arrested the principals of his drug gang, and, a murder warrant was served on Chris—Marlo's top enforcer—for the murder of Michael's stepfather(?). Michael never "snitched" to the police, and, suspected Snoop was about to kill him. "Why? What did I do?" he asked as he placed the gun to Snoop's head.
Snoop's answer was defiant. "'Cause you hold yourself apart, are too quiet and ask too many questions, like 'why people have to get shot of they didn't do anything wrong.' You don't just do what you're told. You can never be one of us."
That answer explains why Snoop—the hardcore killer who willingly and needlessly murdered so many innocent people—was killed and Michael walked away.
Snoop was never one of our favorite characters, but, she did make history as television's first unapologetic, black, butch, cross-dressing lesbian. The Wire presented many more gay characters than all of the broadcast networks combined—these were mostly black gay characters, which was remarkable—and after Omar's death last week only Detective Kima Greggs remains the last black LGBT character on the series.
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