“I want out.” – Nucky Thompson
There comes a time in every kingpin’s life when he (or she) wants out. That time is now for Nucky.
After staking his claim on the boardwalk and ousting Gyp Rosetti, his life has become the proverbial island. Margaret left him. He suspects a skunk in his basement, with all clues pointing towards his brother, Eli. Chalky’s on the lamb. And Dr. Narcisse and Masseria are ostensibly muscling old Nuck into an uncompromising position.
Once again Nucky wants the “picture perfect” home life, with a wife to come home and talk to and kids – or rather nephew, Willie – to pass on his legacy. Sadly, a wise godfather named Michael Corleone once said, “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.”
So sorry, Nuck. There’s no escape for you from this road you’ve chosen.
Tonight’s season finale of Boardwalk Empire closes out what may be the best season of the series to date. Since the season 4 premiere, the creative team has kept the intensity high without jumping the shark. There hasn’t been any wild new villains or crazy plot twists. Just several story arcs coming to fruition.
Al Capone is primed to take his position as the king of Chicago. He’s just got one man in his way way – Johnny Torrio.
Nelson Van Alden is finally stepping up, both at home and on the job. He’s had the most dynamic changes of any character on Boardwalk Empire. This season was his huzzah moment. Who didn’t love when he threw the money up in the air over his wife’s bed and then revealed the truth about his identity? Van Alden has finally broken the shackles of repression that he’s been wearing since season one. It’s going to be exciting to see where his character goes when Al Capone truly takes over.
Dr. Narcisse has to die. Can I get a co-sign? Not only does this guy beat women, but he’s got one of the most annoying voices on the show. Every time he says “heroin” it sounds like he’s doing a poor imitation of Casper the friendly ghost haunting a house.
Chalky is is getting ready to add some new members to his team, but we’re interested to see how his relationship with Nucky changes. Chalky still believes that Nucky betrayed him.
It’s a little disheartening to see Eli get strung along by Agent Knox. He had finally won his way back into the good graces of Nucky, only to take a fall to save his son from jail. While Agent Knox is a good foil for Nucky, you have to wonder if something else will happen with Knox’s case. He’s definitely not too happy with Hoover stealing all the glory. So, I wonder if Knox’s end game may surprise us.
And, this brings us back to Nucky. With Richard Harrow back in the loop, Nucky’s got the best damned gunslinger Atlantic City or Harlem have ever scene on his side. So fingers crossed for an awesome show from Harrow, mowing down Narcisse and Masseria’s men.
But where does that leave Thompson family relations? Nucky has already hinted that the empire will go to Eli, when he retires. Is it feasible for Eli to pull off some magic and outfox Agent Knox, getting the family back on track? Let’s all hope so. Betraying Nucky would truly severe whatever bond remains between Eli and his son. It would also be the final strike against Eli, after his failed partnership with Jimmy Darmody.