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HBO Delivers Prequels to The Wire

In preparation for ending The Wire this winter, HBO is telling us more about how the show began. A series of prequels showing the characters earlier in life have hit the Internet, and they'll also be available On Demand starting Dec. 15.

Like the Big Love back stories from earlier this year, these prequels don't reveal anything about specific plot lines. Instead, they're just little glimpses into how the characters came to be who they are. One of the three shows Prop Joe as a kid practicing his political skills in the schoolyard; another shows Bunk and McNulty getting hammered together during McNulty's first day in homicide. But my favorite is the one with young Omar, a chilling clip that combines a surprising amount of compassion with his already well-honed gangster side.

To check out the prequels, just


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Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
Thanks for sharing, Buzz! While most of the characters are interesting, Omar is by far my favorite. I find him fascinating primarily because he has this very strict moral code which he holds himself up to (remem his distinction of "citizens" while on the stand?), yet he's also a murderer and thief. He's clearly a product of the game and makes me wonder what might have been had he, like so many others, had different experiences and opportunities.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks, Buzz. These clips are great. Looking forward to next season's The Wire already!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I love The Wire! It is a great show and i will be sad when they end it.
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