however it ends, you're good police
McNulty (Dominic West) & Colvin (Robert Wisdom) hope to be back for season 4.
The Wire's third season finale airs tonite on HBO. I can't friggin' wait.
ETA: My post-finale thoughts, or at least the ones that first come to mind:
- Wow. I thought this episode would do more to set up season four, but instead it wrapped things up like it could be the show's finale (I hope not).
- Bunny really was the fall guy. Big time. The final shot was very sad, IMO.
- McNulty walking a beat reminds me of Santangelo thanking Jimmy earlier this season for getting knocked down to a similar position, and being much happier for it. But how long will Jimmy remain content w/that job? When will that itch for real policework need to get scratched?
- Daniels gets promoted, so will he get the western command Colvin leaves behind, or will that go to Bunny's #2 who assumed control at COMSTAT? Will Daniels leave major case behind, and if so, will Lester take over the unit's command?
- Seeing Marlo in court for Avon's arraignment was an interesting touch. In the end, Marlo respected & even looked up to Avon for going to war as they did. But will Marlo eventually see the same fate?
- Tough to see Poot get snatched up, but as-per-usual Bodie manages to sneak away clean, but now he's got nobody to report to. Will he go work for Marlo? Or will Briana & Slim Charles keep the Barksdale crew together?
- Slim Charles' speech to Avon about going to war on a lie: I wonder what that was in reference to. Hmm...?
- It was nice to Amy Ryan as Bea Russell again, though the folks down at the port need to clean off their bulletin board once & a while. I doubt Frank Sobotka (R.I.P.) is still up for re-election.
- McNulty seems to be cleaning up his act, while Kima is turning into McNulty. After all, he taught her all his adulterous tricks.
- All season seemed to lead up to Carcetti's speech. It got Watkins' respect, but was it for real? Or was it just a bunch of hot air, a meaningless stab at reform, one of this season's major themes?
- If season four happens, it will probably be an entirely new case like season two was, except this time without the added distraction of having to track the all previous season's characters (the Barksdales etc) at the same time.
- The shot of all the crushed beer cans on the roof of the western: priceless.
Great stuff. For those who are interested, executive producer & series creator David Simon has answered a whole series of questions submitted by fans on the HBO message boards recently in this year's Ask The Wire.
Negro Please also weighs in with eloquent thoughts on the final episode.