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We Own This City: next episode, cast, trailer and everything we know about the gritty crime drama

Jon Bernthal as Wayne Jenkins in We Own This City
Jon Bernthal as Wayne Jenkins in We Own This City (Image credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

Emmy-winning producer David Simon is back on the streets of Baltimore, taking We Own This City, a new drama that goes into detail about the real story of corruption that took place in the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force. This new limited series marks a reunion between Simon and HBO.

Fans of the HBO hit series The Wire know this isn’t Simon’s first time shining a light on crime in what is affectionately known as Charm City. Simon, also having been a former reporter (opens in new tab) for The Baltimore Sun for more than 12 years, grew quite the affinity for the city during his time there. Since his days of journalism, he has built a widely celebrated career in television telling the stories of Baltimore. He even gained two Emmys for his work on HBO’s The Corner

As admirers of Simon’s brilliance gear up for another series about the devious side of the Maryland city, they can’t but wonder if they’ll get more of The Wire or something completely new. 

Here’s what we know about We Own This City.  

When is the next We Own This City episode? 

We Own This City will officially be at the halfway mark tonight once the all-new episode airs. Fans that have found themselves invested in the crime drama will want to remember the limited series ends its run on May 30. Would-be viewers in the UK can start streaming the series on June 7, on Sky TV and NOW TV. 

You'll want to make sure you catch the latest episode as it's the final one before the series finale. "Part Five" airs on Monday, May 23, at 9 pm ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max. Here is a synopsis for the episode: 

"Suiter faces distrust of the police at a crime scene. The GTTF officers provide additional damning evidence. The Feds prepare charges."

By the way, have you checked out what we discovered was fact and fiction for We Own This City episode 4

We Own This City plot 

HBO states the following in regards to the We Own This City plot: 

"Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, We Own This City (opens in new tab) chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work."

The city of Baltimore at night

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For those not as familiar with the Gun Trace Task Force scandal, it involves nine officers employed by the Baltimore Police Department who spent three years terrorizing the city’s residents according to the Baltimore Sun (opens in new tab). As Vox (opens in new tab) describes it, the cops were supposed to be getting guns and violent criminals off the city streets. Instead, they actually committed robberies, conducted baseless searches, clocked in overtime with the city and even carried fake guns to plant in case they shot unarmed people.

The former officers in question usually targeted suspected criminals thinking their words wouldn’t carry much weight if they attempted to report this police corruption. Furthermore, the disgraced officers committed their crimes all in an effort to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We Own This City cast 

Rob Brown, Ham Mukasa, Robert Harley, Jon Bernthal in We Own This City

Rob Brown, Ham Mukasa, Robert Harley, Jon Bernthal in We Own This City (Image credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

Playing Wayne Jenkins, the ring leader of the task force at the heart of the scandal in We Own This City, is Jon Bernthal. Bernthal has made quite a name for himself playing tough, menacing characters onscreen. Fans of his work will recall he was Frank Castle in Marvel’s The Punisher and Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead. He’ll also be playing Julian Kaye, a convicted murderer, in the Showtime (opens in new tab) series American Gigolo

Joining Bernthal as a part of the We Own This City main cast are:  

  • Wunmi Mosaku as Nicole Steele
  • Jamie Hector as Sean M. Suiter
  • McKinley Belcher III as Momodu "G Money" Gondo
  • Darrell Britt-Gibson as Jemell Rayam
  • Josh Charles as Daniel Hersl
  • Dagmara Domińczyk as Erika Jensen
  • Rob Brown as Maurice Ward
  • Don Harvey as John Sieracki
  • David Corenswet as David McDougall
  • Larry Mitchell as Scott Kilpatrick
  • Ian Duff as Ahmed Jackson
  • Delaney Williams as Kevin Davis
  • Lucas Van Engen as Leo Wise

Treat Williams is also slated to appear as a guest star on the show.

It’s worth noting that the director of We Own This City is Reinaldo Marcus Green. Green has recently garnered a lot of attention for directing King Richard.  

We Own This City trailer 

The We Own This City trailer serves as a harsh reminder that sometimes the line between hero and villain can be razor-thin.  

HBO was also kind enough to release an official teaser. 

How to watch We Own This City  

We Own This City is an HBO original and will air live directly on the cable network. Those without traditional cable/satellite television are able to watch the series live on TV streaming services like Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, provided they have subscribed to HBO. 

Would-be viewers can also catch We Own This City on HBO Max. Subscribers to HBO get free access to HBO Max, but you can also sign up for it as a stand-alone streaming service for either $9.99 per month (with ads) or $14.99 per month (ad-free). We Own This City episodes will be available on HBO Max as soon as they air on traditional HBO. 

For UK viewers, the series will arrive on Sky and NOW beginning on June 7. 

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.