The cast of The Wire had a whole lot of fun during Thursday’s reunion panel at New York’s Paley Center for Media.
Show co-creator David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, cast members Michael Kenneth Williams, Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, and Jamie Hector took the stage, while surprise guests and cast members Tristan Wilds, J.D. Williams, Bob Wisdom, and Michelle Paress took seats in the audience. The show’s Brits, Dominic West and Idris Elba, were both unable to make the panel, but popped their heads in (quite literally) with video messages. HitFix TV critic Alan Sepinwall moderated the event.
The panel delved into a variety of topics Wire obsessives were frothing at the mouth to discuss, including the show’s low ratings and high acclaim—which frustrated the cast and crew—and the show’s increasingly perilous livelihood every season. The talk also covered whether Simon is interested in continuing the series, which beloved character wasn’t supposed to make it past the first season, and Williams’ initial reluctance at the focus on the dock workers in season two. Here are a few things that EW heard and saw throughout the night.