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LAist Interview: The Wire's Tristan Wilds

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Sunday marks the return of HBO's The Wire. To get you ready for the premiere of the fifth and final season of a show that TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Slate and the San Francisco Chronicle have all called "The best on television" LAist has lined up interviews with three members of the show's incredible cast. Be sure to check back tomorrow and Friday.

Our series begins with Tristan Wilds, who we were introduced to in last season as young Michael Lee, one of the four middle-school students who were the focus of season four. Michael alongside friends Namond Brice, Randy Wagstaff and Duquan "Dukie" Weems were caught in the middle of Baltimore's dysfunctional school system and dangerous drug war. Regarded by many as The Wire's best season, last season watched the daily life of these four youngsters in the gritty Baltimore streets.

What can we expect from Michael this season? I think last season your rise or should I say fall was my favorite story line and cannot wait to see what the new season brings.
This season you will see that Michael is still just a kid. Despite what you think, he really isn't just a brainwashed killer.

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Speaking of last season, what do you think it was about that season that brought in so many new viewers?
It was the kids, I am not just saying because I was in it. Seeing the kids in this hostile environment like that really had an effect on the viewers. It isn't something you get to see on TV every night. For so many people and so many kids, their life isn’t as hard as this life we portray. Last season you got to see why kids turn to selling drugs, you got to see the outcome of these kids' lives and why they ended up taking the path they took.