The riot was the culmination of everything Mike did wrong throughout the season. As a self-proclaimed advocate for inmates, Mike’s real job is to maintain the status quo, a cog in the wheel of an irreparably broken system. He runs around negotiating with the heads of the warring factions to keep the violence inside the prison from reaching a peak. Although Mike claims to have no faction, he ultimately does what’s best for his tribe — the cops he grew up with.
The decision to recruit different factions of the prisoner population to kill a drug addict and child killer was one that Mike made very cautiously, knowing that this Faustian bargain would blow up in front of him. people, but he did it because that’s what the police wanted. As the inmates begin to collect their debts, Mike calls on warden Ed Simmons (James Jordan) to take a heavy hand on the inmates to remind them of their place in the food chain. However, it was the leader of the Black group that Simmons targeted most harshly, reinforcing that the systemic racism that existed outside the prison was being amplified on the inside.
Bunny (Tobi Bamtefa) warns Mike that the way they treat P-Dog (Pha’rez Lass) will “wake up the monster”, but Mike’s reaction is simply, “At least the monster is fine.” in the cage.” Bunny is speaking metaphorically, to the “beast” as generations of rage and oppression, but to Mike it’s a person.
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