The oranges in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather are widely discussed for their subtle symbolism. Every time an orange shows up in the films, someone dies. It was smart and different … and much like the Godfather movies, Hollywood just didn’t know when to end it.
One of Lost’s most infuriating mysteries was when they told us one character had died, but wouldn’t reveal who he was for most of a season. Who could it possibly be?! First episode, we see the image above.
On Breaking Bad, oranges land on Skyler’s boss, Ted, after he slips and falls to his near death.
Even everybody’s favorite show before Breaking Bad came along had a blatant orange death reference. When Omar bites the dust in The Wire, what can be seen sitting prominently in the foreground? Orange … soda, actually. But points for subverting such an overused trope.
Introverted Feeling: “A man’s got to have a code” is the quote most associated with Omar, and for good reason. He has a strong Fi sense of right and wrong. He has no problem hurting or killing drug dealers but refuses to hurt people who aren’t “in the game” and becomes hurt and offended when he accused of killing a regular citizen. He’s very comfortable with himself- his sexuality, his profession, and his place in the world. Omar regularly abandons logical pursuits to go on personal crusades, especially after someone he cares for is killed. He becomes fixated on destroying first the Barksdales and then Marlo after they wrong him, ignoring other, easier targets. Omar is ruled by his emotions but they are deep and personal and he rarely shares them with anyone.
Extraverted Intuition: Omar is a creative thinker, regularly speaks in terms of abstract concepts, and easily makes intuitive connections. He frequently speaks in metaphors (such as “How can you expect to run with the wolves if you spend all day sparring with the puppies” and most famously “You come at the king, you best not miss”) and when testifying in court against Bird he quickly and astutely makes the intuitive connection between himself and the defense lawyer (“I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It’s all in the game though right?”). His heist plans are creative and unique, usually involving costumes and disguises, and he rarely uses the same plan twice. Omar easily embraces new ideas and possibilities, as when he steals Prop Joe’s main shipment and then sells it back to him at a mark-up price. As a child Omar used to read and enjoy books about Greek myths, implying he had a more active imagination and interest in the broader intellectual world than most of his peers.
Introverted Sensing: While Omar lives by his own rules and refuses to play anyone’s game but his own he does have definite respect for his past and certain traditions, like the Sunday Truce. He still takes his grandmother to church every Sunday and he tends to only really trust people with whom he has had a long-term friendship with, like Blind Butchie. He whistles the same tune (“Farmer in the Dell’) every time he shows up to rob somebody or even when he is walking down the street. He shows strong, sentimental attachments to things like his shotgun and trenchcoat, and he enjoys reminiscing with Bunk about their shared pasts in high school. On two separate occasions Omar leaves Baltimore but both times he ultimately comes back, in large part because he doesn’t want to stray too far from his familiar environment. Omar is also very comfortable sitting back, waiting, watching, and observing before leaping into action. He holds a mean grudge, and nurses resentments for a long time.
Extraverted Thinking: Omar is comfortable leading his small crew, and giving clear, objective orders. He likes his heists planned out, and he tends to diagram his plans in the sand and meticulously organize every aspect before he attacks. When he is upset he becomes harsh and biting to the people around him and will start planning how to address his pain. In general, Omar is a smart guy and good, logical thinker but it is always in subordination to his personal mission, whatever that may be.
Note: Omar is tough to type, mostly because he breaks so many INFP stereotypes. After all, how many INFPs run around shooting people with shotguns? The Fi dominance is obvious but on the surface is comfort with his environment and general singlemindedness in attacking drug dealers looks like ISFP Se-Ni. However, the evidence points much more towards Ne-Si, with Omar’s uniqueness being attributed to his unique environment. He has too much of an attention to the past, and his mission and priorities shift too often for him to be an ISFP. His singlemindedness comes from strong Fi values and a well-developed Te at getting shit done, not from Ni, and his physical prowess is learned from Si, not natural like Se. Plus, as one of the Wire’s more broadly philisophical characters, it is hard to ignore the Ne.