The last episode of The Wire actually did a pretty good job of showing where most of the cast were going to wind up – but not all of them.
Jimmy McNulty is unemployed, and although he’s not too bad a house-husband, he desperately needs to find something more. Bunny Colvin has been trying to set him up with his contacts at the university, but McNulty just isn’t ready yet to admit to himself that being a cop is behind him.
Lester Freamon, on the other hand, is doing well. He did accept Colvin’s help, and is becoming a popular lecturer. Still supporting himself – and Shardene – with the sales of his dollhouse furniture, he’s also working on his first book, a non-fiction account of his years on the force.
Marlo Stanfield‘s return to the streets did not work out well for him. His attempt to force his way back into the drug trade ended with his death. Shot in the face, his corpse was never even identified.
Maurice Levy and his right hand man, Thomas Hauk, continue to prosper. Levy serves as legal counsel to remaining members of the New Day Co-Op, chiefly Slim Charles – whom he finds more willing to listen to advice than many of his prior clients.
Tommy Carcetti, fresh from a two term stint as Governor of Maryland, is quietly laying the groundwork for a planned run at the Presidency in 2016. It galls him greatly that his success or failure will depend more on the current President than on himself for at least three more years, but he hids it well.
Spiros Vondas and the Greek are still out there, coldly, efficiently and amorally making fortunes on a weekly basis.
Dennis ‘Cutty’ Wise is still running his gym, and will be marrying his former nurse in the spring.
Gus Haynes remains loyal to institution – rather than the management – of the Baltimore Sun. But he’s working on his memoir too – and sooner or later, the Huffington Post will make an offer good enough to woo him away.
Brother Mouzone remains one of the most dangerous men in America, and occasionally (and extremely covertly) aids Michael Lee, in whom, like many others, he sees a potential new Omar.
Kenard survived his first trip to juvie, albeit with fewer teeth. The experience has made him more sly, and thus, more dangerous. He now runs a corner for the New Day Co-Op, where his obvious ambition is considered either humourous or worrying by his superiors.
Leandor Sydnor has not yet beaten McNulty’s record for insubordination, but he’s widely tipped to as his career progresses. He is both a thorn in the side of Jay Landsman and a source of great amusement to the sergeant.
Finally, and most importantly:
Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins is still clean, and has been dating Dee-Dee – one of his fellow reformed addicts – for a couple of years now.