“How Far We Done Fell”:
Bunk Moreland on The Wire
Pri Surapaneni
From "Old Cases" 1.04 The Wire
e are first introduced to William “The Bunk”
Moreland, played skillfully by Wendell
Pierce, in the pilot of The Wire as a jolly
companion to Detective James “Jimmy” McNulty.
Nevertheless, the first season is quick to prove that
Bunk deserves recognition in his own right as a
character of incredible strength and depth. Beyond his
crude comments and signature cigars, Bunk’s passion
for investigating homicide is clear throughout the series
through his tireless police work. More specifically, I
believe it is his background growing up on the Westside
of Baltimore that informs his genuine commitment to
being “good police.” Furthermore, his past provides
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