To Snitch, Or Not To Snitch It’s all in The
Game, Yo
Christian Miller
hrough the five seasons of The Wire, many
characters face decisions that ultimately
determine their fate in Baltimore. Early on in the
series, D’Angelo Barksdale struggles to identify with
his role in the family business of drug trafficking and
searches for his place in society as he is consumed by
the horrors of “The Game.” In Season Two, Frank
Sobatka constantly grapples with his own morality as
he continues to allow shipments on his docks
“disappear,” knowing that the contents of the
containers are illegal. Baltimore Mayor Thomas
“Tommy” Carcetti, in his attempt to reform city politics,
has to choose between living up to his campaign
promises and advancing his own career as he eyes the
Maryland State House. And, Detective Jimmy McNulty
elects to create a serial killer out of thin air in Season
Five, believing it to be the only way to gain the
resources necessary for doing real police work. But,
the critical decision that appears most frequently
through the five seasons of HBO’s critically acclaimed
series is whether or not to “snitch.” In the streets of
crime-infested Baltimore, snitching, or cooperating with
and providing information to the police, is The Game’s
biggest sin. In Season Four of The Wire, it becomes
clear that snitching or deciding not to snitch are both
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