[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's series finale of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Read at your own risk.]
After five beautifully crafted seasons, the lights finally went out on HBO's Boardwalk Empire Sunday night. And as promised by creator and executive producer Terence Winter, who worked with the team that crafted the maddening and still-debated ending of The Sopranos, there was nothing ambiguous about it.
The show arguably reached its emotional climax in the penultimate episode, when Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) agreed to give up his Atlantic City empire to New York rival Charlie Luciano (Vincent Piazza) in order to save his nephew Willie. As such, the finale became a flashback-heavy exploration of Nucky's soul as he tied up loose ends with his brother Eli (Shea Whigam) and made plans to move to New York and live quietly, thanks to the cool $2 million he made manipulating the stock market with his former wife Margaret (Kelly Macdonald).
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The HBO drama's fifth season, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c, jumps forward seven years from the events at the end of Season 4. But perhaps more importantly, the time-warped, eight-episode Season 5 will be the last hurrah for Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) & Co.
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The Al Capone that Boardwalk Empire viewers have gotten to know during the show's early seasons isn't exactly the infamous gangster he's remembered as today. But that's all about to change.
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Earlier this season, Al (Stephen Graham), saw his brother Frank (Morgan Spector) gunned down by the police during a riot caused by the Capones, who were trying to rig the mayoral election in the Chicago suburb of Cicero. "Obviously, the death of Frank Capone was a pivotal event in Al's life," Boardwalk creator Terence Winter tells TVGuide.com...
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As the HBO drama enters 1924 and the Jazz Age, Atlantic City gangster Nucky (Steve Buscemi) is looking to make peace with his fellow crooks in New York whom he bloodied during last season's war with Gyp Rosetti. He's able to do so with a bag full of cash and the simple promise that he's no longer concerned with expanding his territory or operation.
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"Nucky is really keeping a much lower profile," creator Terence Winter tells TVGuide.com....