Norman Wilson
The Wire Norman Wilson
First appearance "Boys of Summer" (episode 4.01)
Last appearance "-30-" (episode 5.10)
Reason/Cause End of season
Occupation Carcetti Administration Aide
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 50s
Spouse Unnamed Wife
Children None
Relatives None
Episode Count 23 episodes
Portrayed by Reg E. Cathey

Norman Wilson is a member of Carcetti Administrative Aide portrayed by Reg E. Cathey.


Wilson is a professional political operative and works closely with ambitious politician Tommy Carcetti. The character first appeared in the show's fourth season and Cathey is part of the starring cast for the fourth and fifth seasons.

Wilson is a professional political operative. He was previously a night editor at The Baltimore Sun and was much loved by his reporters. He has a professional, savvy and honest presence. He grew up in Catonsville, a southwestern Baltimore County suburb of Baltimore.

Season FourEdit

Wilson serves as councilman Tommy Carcetti's deputy campaign manager in his run for mayor of Baltimore, under campaign manager Theresa D'Agostino. Wilson is practical minded and organized, essential qualities because he is tasked with keeping Carcetti on a strict schedule. Wilson was once a night editor for the Baltimore Sun and has many connections amongst the city's media. He is an honest voice in Carcetti's campaign and is often the sounding board for Carcetti's worries about race in Baltimore politics, admitting (perhaps jokingly) that he will most likely vote for one of his black opponents. When poll results do not go in Carcetti's favor he loses interest in the campaign believing that it is impossible to win. Wilson is left to keep his candidate on track despite his pessimism.

After Carcetti wins the primary and subsequent election, D'Agostino moves on, but Wilson continues to serve as his right hand man, accompanying the newly elected mayor everywhere he goes. At the end of the season, Wilson becomes disillusioned with Carcetti, who puts his own ambition above the needs of the city. He talks with Clarence Royce's former advisor, Coleman Parker, and muses about managing the campaign of another up and coming politician on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Season FiveEdit

Despite his misgivings Wilson remains on Carcetti's staff for the next year and watches the Mayor struggle with the budget crisis while still planning his run for Governor. Carcetti is aware of Wilson's feelings about his decision but still seeks his counsel. When commissioner Ervin Burrell delivers altered crime rate statistics Carcetti seizes his chance to fire him. Carcetti hopes to eventually replace Burrell with Cedric Daniels but worries if Nerese Campbell and the politically influential councilors will accept Daniels. Carcetti instructs Wilson to leak the story to test the waters. Wilson contacts Gus Haynes, a friend from his previous career as a newspaper reporter, and gives him the details along with a photograph of Daniels.

When the truth of the "homeless killer" is revealed, Wilson expresses a forlorn wish that he was still a journalist "so I could write on this mess. It's too fucking good."

Eventually, Carcetti wins the gubernatorial election and becomes governor with the machinations of Steintorf, and Norman's future with Carcetti is left ambiguous.


Tommy Carcetti - Clarence Royce - Clay Davis - Norman Wilson - Tony Gray - Michael Steinorf - Nerese Campbell - Odell Watkins - Marla Daniels - Theresa D'Agostino - Coleman Parker - Damien Levelle Price

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