Treme's Finale Is About the Characters, Not New Orleans


From the beginning, Treme co-creator and executive producer Eric Overmyer has insisted that HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans drama is a different animal from The Wire.


And Overmyer says Sunday's 80-minute finale (10/9c on HBO) proves the point again. While Overmyer's co-creator David Simon often ended seasons of The Wire with big thematic statements, Overmyer says their approach with Treme was to remain solely focused on the characters.


"We're learning things about these characters as we go," Overmyer says. "We had some notions about these characters to begin with, but they've all changed and evolved as we've discovered how the show works. I think at the end of the season, the characters end where they end at that moment in time. Some people are thinking about leaving, some are more determined than ever to stay. It's just human stuff - it's about these characters and not about New Orleans as the whole."


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