Becoming Scott Templeton
From "-30-," 5.10 The Wire.
“A lie ain’t a side of a story. It’s just a lie.”
– Terry Hanning (5.08)
f you want to know one of the most hated characters
of The Wire, look no further than Scott Templeton.
No, it is not Marlo Stanfield or Felicia “Snoop”
Pearson with their contributions to countless, violent
murders, nor is it Thomas "Herc" Hauk, whose tip to
Maurice Levy ultimately keeps Marlo out of prison, but
this dubious honor falls to Templeton and his
willingness to fabricate and embellish stories for the
sake of personal recognition. It is hard to watch a
character manipulate and lie to everyone around him
without any consequences, but is that what makes
Templeton, specifically, the target of all this hatred?
Jimmy McNulty fabricates just as many details in the