In this season of The Wire, we saw recurring themes from throughout the series. A large recurring theme we see is corruption in politics. After learning the serial killer was a hoax, Carcetti quietly withholds the information from the public to help him achieve his goal of becoming governor. Carcetti knows that if the public finds out his chances of becoming governor wouldn’t happen. Additionally, Carcetti bashed the governor for neglecting the homeless, so if the public discovers that the homeless murders were a lie, then Carcetti looks even more uninformed and unfit for governor in the eyes of voters. With all of this weighing on his mind and a spot as governor on the line, Carcetti withholds the information from the public for his good. Fortunately for Carcetti, his actions get him elected governor. This situation brings to light the question of what moral lines individuals in politics will cross to climb the ranks and if those decisions are worth the risk. For people like Carcetti we observe their dishonorable actions pay off in the long run but for people like Burrell their choices to act immorally leave them with nothing.
We see that in today’s politics, deception. It is difficult to move up without doing something suspicious. However, this does not just pertain to politics. We saw this with the Barksdale clan in previous seasons. Stringer ordered a hit on D’Angelo while he was in prison to protect his spot as a higher up in a major drug organization. Without ordering the murder on D’Angelo, the whole clan could have been busted if D’Angelo decided to talk. This operation proved that things needed to get done to protect your place on the totem pole, no matter how suspicious the jobs can be. This is also shown more recently as the series comes to an end, after everyone gets locked up, Snoop tells Michael that he is needed for “serious business.” It is not until after Michael sees Snoop talking to the person he was supposed to kill that it was a set-up to kill him instead. Michael was the target because he was seen talking to the police, and they wanted him dead because they believed that he was the one that snitched despite Michael telling snoop that he wasn’t the one. Michael was smart enough and didn’t fall into the trap.
All in all, we consistently peeped drug circles and politicians do shady things to protect their position in their own organizations. David Simon uses to The Wire to continue to show how the world functions.