Michael K. Williams ‘Livid’ ‘The Wire’ Season 2 Was About The Dockers


The actor recalls confronting David Simon over the narrative change, although he now admits that “he knew what he was doing, and eventually I would see the bigger picture”.

‘The Wire’ is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, with critics and fans praising David Simon’s journalism-influenced portrayal of the many broken institutions hit by traffic. Baltimore drug dealer. But while it’s easy to appreciate the show’s epic scale and interlocking storylines in hindsight, the people who made the show weren’t always sure it would turn out so well.

In an excerpt from his posthumously published memoir “Scenes from My Life” (via Vulture), Michael K. Williams revealed that he didn’t entirely agree with Simon’s plan to do season 2 on the white dockers in Baltimore after spending Season 1 focusing on drug dealers in the inner city.

“When I got my first scripts for season two and saw that the script had moved on to white workers on the Baltimore docks, I was livid,” Williams wrote. “Probably with a little chip on my shoulder, I looked for David Simon, who had more than enough on his plate.”

Williams explained that he fears Simon’s plan for season 2 will ruin one of his favorite parts of the show: its focus on diversity and honest portrayal of black life in Baltimore.

“To his credit, he listened to me,” Williams said. “We had a conversation, and I told him what I thought – about this being a black experience show that brought black actors to the fore and now it seemed that he was changing all that.”

Williams recalled that Simon understood her concerns, but ultimately stuck to her original vision for the show.

“‘You know, Michael,'” Williams recalled, telling Simon. “’I understand, but you have to trust me. If I start season two by going back to the low buildings, it’s going to make your world feel very small. ‘”

In the end, however, Williams came along. The actor said that once he started watching later seasons and saw the shift in narrative focus again, he understood Simon’s sprawling vision for what it really was.

“Of course he knew what he was doing, and eventually I would see the big picture: how the circumstances of Omar’s world, his allies, his enemies and his victims, were linked – in some parallel ways – to the rest of city institutions,” he said. “But I would be lying if I said I got it straight away. It only happened when I started watching Season 3.”

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