Who would you rather hang out with, Bunk or McNulty? Who's tougher, Omar or Stringer Bell? And why doesn't Prop Joe get more respect?
If you were a ever a fan of HBO's now legendary TV series The Wire, these are the kind of questions over which you might have a very strong opinion. Even four years after it ended, the show about life on the streets and in the precincts, schools, and newsrooms of Baltimore, Maryland, has a dedicated fan base, willing to discuss the show's every detail with an almost unhealthy obsession.
HBO aired the final episode of The Wire on this date in 2008. In commemoration - or perhaps just as an excuse to talk about The Wire a bit more - the editors of Grantland have been running a March Madness-style elimination bracket to choose the best character in the show's history.
Although partisans have expressed concern when their favourite picks have been cut from the contest, the final four are no big surprise: Jimmy McNulty, Omar Little, Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell. Who will prevail?
You'll have to keep an eye on the Grantland Facebook page to find out (or to add your own vote), but we do already know the opinion of at least one person: the President of the United States of America. Barack Obama has stated that Omar Little - a guy who robs drug dealers in Baltimore's toughest neighbourhoods - is his favourite character from the show, and we had the chance to reveal that preference to Michael K. Williams, the actor who played Omar, when he was George's guest last year:
Who stands a chance of topping a guy backed by the leader of the free world? Don't count out Stringer Bell, the gangster with ambitions beyond the crime world, who has his own fair share of supporters. You can catch Idris Elba, the actor who played Stringer, in the red chair on March 28, when he'll talk to George about the impact the character has had on his life - and his upcoming role as Nelson Mandela in a new biopic.
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