We’ve been discussing the fate of McNulty. From the path the show is taking, and from the looks of the previews, McNulty hasn’t got much of a future. He’s permanently fucked things up with Rhonda, Beadie, his ex, and his kids. His secret is out within the department and looks like it gets out into City Hall next week too. There are more homeless bodies turning up, meaning maybe, what, a copy-cat killer who got his ideas reading about McNulty’s fiction in the papers?
When all is said and done, he’s got nobody on his side, except maybe Freamon. Everybody hates him. I can’t possibly see him staying on as a cop. It’s unfathomable that he could keep his job after this, and in the real world, there might even be federal charges in line.
As other NuPaccers have noticed, his drinking hasn’t been really notable the last two weeks,
but he’s been wearing his crushing despair on his sleeve. And this is a common pattern with alcoholics. When you start to sober up and see the mess you’ve made of your life and the lives of those around you, that’s the time that you are at your lowest. That’s often the time that you choose life or death, like Bubbles trying to hang himself over Sherrod right before his bottom in rehab.
My fellow recovering dope fiend Hiromi and I are thinking a McNulty suicide watch is in order. Not sure it would work from a dramatic standpoint with only one episode left to go, but if I was McNulty’s real life friend, I’d be worried.
Predictions for the fate of the loveably arrogant gaping asshole who started this whole beautiful mess five years ago?
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