The King’s gonna be missed.

So sad that Michael K Williams was found dead yesterday due to a suspected drug overdose.

Michael K Williams in The Wire, HBO

I binged the entire series of The Wire in a week with Jason during this lockdown. I hadn’t watched it before and always read that it’s one of the best TV shows of all time. So when I started watching it, it was with some skepticism that it could live up to all the hype and it absolutely did.

I started rewatching the whole series as I was watching it, and listened to hours of podcast discussions about the show with so much pleasure and I’m pretty sure I talked everyone’s ear off about the show.

It really isn’t fair to compare the series to Breaking Bad or Sopranos. Those were focused more on their main characters, what’s going on in their minds, the challenges they faced or overcame. The Wire was mind-blowing in the way it managed to show us the universe its characters were in.

At the end of the series, it felt like we knew the Game and Baltimore City. The series managed to do it with characters that weren’t one dimensional and had arcs that just felt realistic. Even though they had little screen time, the actors managed to make us feel vested in them and stir up our feelings, and Micheal K Williams is obviously one of them. Obama approved, OK?

Can’t imagine I would have loved the show as much without Omar Little whistling “Farmer in the Dell”, the courtroom scene, and his sheer presence or quotes.

“You come at the king, you best not miss.”

Omar Little

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