The Wire, which aired on HBO for five seasons between 2002 and 2008, is one of the most widely acclaimed television series of all time. Though it never attracted huge volumes of viewers, its deep and compelling narrative of the city of Baltimore is second to none.
Each season of the show added a new dimension to the overarching plot, introducing new characters from new walks of life to share the screen with established players. The first simply focused on the ongoing battle between law enforcement and street criminals, with the second adding dockworkers to the mix, followed subsequently by politicians, schoolchildren and journalists.
Each group was explored in considerable detail, and no punches were pulled by series creator David Simon and his writers in their depiction of the hardships faced by each either through bureaucracy or the changing socioeconomic environment.
It could be argued that the series could've continued for longer if the shortened fifth season had panned out differently rather than wrapping up the numerous plot threads. Over the following pages, five of these will be examined, with focus on how they were briefly explored already and how they could've been worked into what has gone down in history as one of the most well-crafted stories of all time.