The Wire co-creator and showrunner David Simon has once again ruled out a Season 6 revival.
Speaking at The Wire‘s Paley Fest reunion this week, Simon quashed notion of a comeback stressing that “the end had to be the end,” per EW:
“Stories work if they have a beginning, a middle and an end. We really did plan the end. The end had to be the end. Sustaining the franchise is the great disease of American television.”
Simon went into more detail on the challenge the series faced in growing its audience and the plans that never came to pass, per Variety:
“You know, television has more of a shelf life than it used to, so… because this was five seasons, [HBO] had to have a certain amount of faith in it. But the last couple seasons were kinda hairy. They were looking at it like, ‘Look, you’ve got all the critical notices on this, why are we trying to snatch something more? We don’t seem to be building an audience. That’s also what the show was about: bad short-term decisions affecting the long run. We were considering a season on the topic of immigration, it was debated in the writers’ room, but it’s like, by the time we do the research, learn the Spanish, the train’s already rolling along and you can’t stop it. We were just begging HBO to give us another season.”
Critically acclaimed but low-rated, The Wire ran for five seasons between 2002-2008.