A lot of critics talk about how bleak the show is. By the end of the series, do you think there is any kind of message of hope? Is [creator] David Simon offering a solution, or is he just saying our institutions are failed? Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield): I don't think he's saying our institutions are failed. I believe he's saying there is hope through the people in the institutions. Michael K. Williams (Omar Little): I think David showed a lot of hope in the show through the characters. In Season 1, you had Michael B. Jordan's character [Wallace, a young drug seller] who was thinking about changing. In Season 2, you had [disillusioned drug crew lieutenant] D'Angelo, played by Larry Gilliard, who represented hope. Season 3, [business-oriented drug captain] Stringer Bell, played by Idris Elba, represented hope. Sohn: They all got killed! Williams: That rings very true to anyone who knows the street life. The game will not stand for reform. Reddick: David said to me once, "I don't believe that organizations can be reformed; I think individuals can." Williams: True that. Reddick: The organizations, it's weird, it's like they're alive, they have a life of their own. They want to survive. And anything within or outside that seeks to change it . . . Royo: You get snuffed out.
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