The Wire

Season 3 Episode 11

Middle Ground

3
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 2004 on HBO
9.6
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"We ain't gotta dream no more, man." - Stringer Bell

The wire begins to yield information about the Barksdale organization, though finding links to the top proves elusive. Stringer and Avon reminisce on how far they've come, with each harboring plans for the future. Tipped by Burrell, Carcetti sees Amsterdam for himself and weighs the benefits against the political reality--an assessment that mirrors Mayor Royce's own struggle with his advisers. Cutty hits upon an unusual benefactor for his boxing gym and continues to reach out to the corner boys. McNulty and D'Agostino find each other again, while at work, McNulty finds the way to a key piece of the puzzle in an unlikely place. Awaiting his fate, Colvin works behind the scenes to shape the outcome of Amsterdam, while protecting his men from possible repercussions. With Johnny in the wind, Bubbles considers a new partner, while Omar and Brother Mouzone encounter each other suddenly.moreless

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  • **Spoiler Alert** Yeah, "very special episode" usually means someone dies, and this one is no different. It is a testament to the integrity of this series that they are not afraid to kill off a main character- and not just for shock effect, but for plot.moreless

    9.7
    Ok, let me get this out of the way- R.I.P., Stringer! One of the most compelling screen gangsters in recent memory is no more. One of the most inriguing things about Bell was the complexity of his dream, and his very real yearning to leave the street ways of Avon behind him. But it was not to be; the actions he took during his relentless climb to legitimacy came back to haunt him. Ironically, it was his partner, Avon, who ended up dropping a dime on him even as he himself dropped a dime on Avon. As engrossing as the close of Bell's story arc was, it was not all this episode had to offer- not by a long shot. This series routinely packs so much into an episode that it feels like way more than an hour. Classic installment- not to be missed!moreless
  • Stringer Bell - The finest episode from the Best show on television.

    9.9
    Possibly the best episode yet of clearly the best show on TV. [***SPOILER***] It's the mark of an excellent show that it's willing to kill off one of its two main characters before the series finale. Stringer Bell is one of the most appealing, real, flesh-and blood villains I've ever seen in a television series. He's an excellent actor, and I hope to see much more of him. The Avon Barsdale / String Bell relationship is one of the most mature, intriguing, and well developed in the history of television. Why more people aren't watching this show is beyond me.moreless
Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Bunk Moreland

Wood Harris

Wood Harris

Avon Barksdale

John Doman

John Doman

Bill Rawls

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Bunny Colvin (Episodes 26-, recurring previously)

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Cedric Daniels

Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Ronnie Pearlman

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane

Off. Sullivan

Guest Star

Dameion Leslie

Dameion Leslie

 

Guest Star

Joilet Harris

Joilet Harris

Caroline Massey

Guest Star

Anwan Glover

Anwan Glover

Slim Charles

Recurring Role

Brandy Burre

Brandy Burre

Terri D'Agostino

Recurring Role

Leo Fitzpatrick

Leo Fitzpatrick

Johnny

Recurring Role

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