Last week after episode nine, the conversation around the show turned into comparing you guys to a classic series that also got snubbed by the Emmys: The Wire. Now there’s a Snowfall versus The Wire debate happening. Where do you land on that?
I land where our number one on the call sheet, Damson Idris, lands. He put a video out before the season and said, “Listen, this is where the comparisons stop. When this show airs, I’m telling you, it’s going to be the best show on TV and we don’t want no comparison. There are no comparisons.” And we mean that for The Wire as well.
The Wire is a classic show, but there is no comparison between The Wire and Snowfall or anything else on TV. We should appreciate The Wire for what it is and what it was. And we have this show that’s going on right now and I would implore everyone to take a look at Snowfall. They’re two different shows and two different eras and they both deserve their flowers without comparison.
What did you think of the finale? I think fans are going to hate it because they’re going to be like, “I don’t want to know about freaking Alton. He’s a freaking snake.”
I’m glad you brought that up, because last week I tweeted, “Fuck Teddy,” and a fan asked me “Who you rooting for?” in response to the Alton situation. And it just struck me how the writing on the show is so good that you can lose perspective on who you really should be rooting for, because Alton is a snake but generally, what he’s doing is the right thing.
Yo, the biggest shock to us as a cast is that usually the morally-centered characters are the most hated on this show. Every time, we go, “Wow. What does it take?” What does it really take for our audience to truly turn on us? And I think that’s part of what makes the show really special. It even makes me go back and watch some crime or gangster films and go, “Why do I like these characters so much?”
Alton, for all intents and purposes, is trying to save his community. It shows how it wasn’t just black people in those neighborhoods. There were all types of communities that were in Compton and Inglewood, and middle-class families that watched their communities totally become ravished with drugs and the crime that ensued afterwards. And for a guy that’s running a shelter, that’s taking care of crack-addicted people or people affected by homelessness because of it and then getting the message out—people can’t stand them. People want to see them die and that is the part of this where I go, “You know what? This is truly entertaining but I hope the message isn’t missed.” I hope. And I think our audience is smart enough to get both, but they are definitely being entertained by us slaying the “good guy.”
I think no matter where you fall on that, you don’t want to see Franklin sink to a low of choosing Teddy over his father. I think it’s going to go over well.
Yeah. I mean, I really don’t know. Put it like this. I think they’re going to be happy when Alton dies. And I’m not going to act like some of them might want Cissy gone too. Even when I was punching him, I was like, “I don’t know how this is going to go,” because usually, the fans are like, “Kill him. Kill Jerome. Kill him.” The work that Damson is doing [as Franklin], it really gives us the opportunity to support him very well because he leads with such a quiet charisma and a calculating brain that I think it sets up [everyone else]. The relationship between him and Teddy this year was exceptional because they both realized that there was a time limit. There was a clock on their heads and even knowing that, this is where they end up. Yeah. Season five, brother.