Boardwalk Empire

The Final Season of Boardwalk Empire

This news dropped sometime later last week and I was very disappointed to hear it.  I have let the news marinate for several days now and my disappointment hasn’t waned.  I just want to know why stop this show so soon? Was it initially planned to be only five seasons or is there some greater reason behind it? I can’t believe that only five seasons were in the initial plan because if so why only cover the time period year to year? We have only seen the first four years of the twenties and I just don’t think that is good enough.  I know it was probably always unlikely for the show to last long enough to cover the Castellammarese War or The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre which both happened at the end of the decade.  Still, five years just isn’t good enough.  This is such an incredible show and I feel cheated for it to end so quickly.  I am happy to have another year to look forward to but it won’t be enough when it is over.  I’m going to need more Nucky, I want to see Luciano and Lansky take more steps toward power, I want to see George Mueller get more involved with the Capone’s, and that barely scratches the surface of what more I want from this show.

I’m going to hold faith that things can change before it is all said and done and hope between now and next year I see another story saying the show has been extended.  I think this is one of the best shows HBO has running now and it would be a complete and utter waste to end it.  How exactly can they justify keeping True Blood going so long only to pull the plug on this show so soon? How do others out there feel about this? I love this show and don’t want it to end, if you feel this way voice your support in a comment.

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Did Richard Harrow Die?

Since seeing the final episode of Boardwalk Empire season 4 this has been the question nagging me day and night.  I have been a big fan of Richard Harrow since he first met Jimmy Darmody in season 1.  He’s a hit man missing half his face, that’s awesome. Beyond the mere intimidation his appearance invokes he is an interesting character beyond that.  The show has invested a significant amount of time developing the character and it seems too soon to take him from us just as he has entered Nucky’s service. I always felt the show was building to an inevitable union between Richard and Nucky.  I have been very happy to see it finally happen but will be equally as disappointed if it is over so soon.

I’ll admit that the outcome didn’t look good to me.  I think what the show left us with gave us every reason to think he was dead but left the door cracked just the tinniest bit for him to come back.  We clearly see him on the verge of death but in true HBO fashion there is a seed of doubt left in the mix. I hope he hasn’t died not only because I love the character but because what happened in the final episode is no way for him to go out.  He has never failed to make a hit when he was set on doing it and his first misstep cost him and others gravely.  I don’t care for the fact that Chalky’s daughter caught the bullet meant for Dr. Narcisse, but I will be patient and see where it goes next season.

In the meantime I’d be really interested to hear what anybody else thinks about the fate of Richard Harrow.  I want more of the Tinman. He is too good a character to simply die alone under the boardwalk.  He hasn’t accomplished enough to die yet and to go out after a mistake would be a disservice to who he was and what he brought to the show.  I think that he has probably died but the fan in me hopes very much that he lives to see another day and does great things in season 5.  What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Boardwalk Empire

I am a big fan of this show and I have been watching since the beginning.  The entirety of season 3 was nothing short of incredible. This show has had its ups and downs but has come full circle in season 3. I expect big things to come in season 4.  Season 3 was action packed and powerful all throughout. Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson as finally become the ruthless badass he needs to be.  Not only did he prove in this season that he has the balls to step up to the heat but he showed us that he is the baddest of all the mobsters and isn’t afraid to prove it.  I thought Bobby Cannavale was great as the main antagonist and enjoyed his story line. This season we finally saw Al Capone come into his own and it was awesome.  Next season I think we will see Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky rise into greater power.  Obviously Joe Masseria and Arnold Rothstein will be the main antagonist of the next season and I can’t wait to see how things unfold.  If you are a fan of this show then leave me a comment and let me know what you think about it. I need some discussion on this show and know no one else that watches it.  The season 3 finale was absolutely incredible and I want desperately to talk about it.  So I want to open up discussion here for fans. What do you think will happen in season 4? What other mobsters would you like to see come into the fold? Will Bugsy Siegel’s character become more of an important part in the next season? Will they eventually go into a story line where he heads out to create Las Vegas and gets killed for it? Let me know what you think in the comments section and let this begin an open discussion on the show.