The Wire

Season 3 Episode 11

Middle Ground

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 2004 on HBO

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

out of 10
221 votes
  • **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.

    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!
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