Comments here on Ray’s post got me flipping over my Marlo/Omar index cards again.
1. Marlo used to be simply stone cold, no feelings one way or the other. Remember when his crew pulled up Bubbles and Johnny for scratching up their ride? “Do it or don’t, but I got someplace to be.”
As we’ve noted, Marlo’s changed up some this season. We’ve seen some emotional response from the man. We’ve seen him act on impulse, and we’ve certainly seen some hubris. And yeah, he seemed to actually enjoy reaping the benefits of Prop Joe’s demise. Oh, and watching Chris’ kids at play. So, we can cautiously conclude he’s becoming a bit more human.
Is it too facile an observation to say that Omar is headed in the opposite direction? He’s alone now, like a wounded animal, seemingly uncaring, losing his code, becoming more heartless.
2. It can’t be a coincidence that their names are similar and both reference Mars, the god of war.
3. Marlo’s motivation in the past has fairly consistently been business, and yeah, he says Omar has to fall because he robbed Marlo and because of the heist. Also, we’ve learned someone in Marlo’s position can’t appear weak.
But it’s more, this obsession with killing Omar: Marlo won’t be taken down by a “dicksuck.” Whether it’s his own homophobia or whether being a faggot is the worst form of weakness on the streets, the point’s been made that Marlo won’t stand for being called a dicksuck or for losing a war to a faggot. Remember the conversation in the car before they took out June Bug, Michael asking why Marlo cared so much about people talking shit about him, especially when he knew himself it wasn’t true?
I find it especially ironic since Omar cannot be threatened in the same manner. Marlo has an Achilles heel that Omar doesn’t. Call Marlo a faggot and he’s got to kill you. Call Omar a faggot and he’d just say, “Indeed.”
Damned right he’s a faggot. He’s Dicksuck Prime, bitch.
(No, I don’t really have index cards on this stuff. If I did, I’d do a much better job of posting. )