'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4 Finale: Well Wrapped
November 25th, 2013 8:28am EST
The Boardwalk Empire season 4 finale tied all the jangling ends tonight, with an episode that left one memorable character dead, and, against all odds, Nucky's family still intact.
Eli tells Nucky he has no family, as Nucky almost maybe was about to kill Eli. But the arrival of Nucky's nephew Willie not only stays Nucky's hand, but in so doing proves that Nucky does have a family. Nucky's not going to kill his own brother in front of his brother's son, Nucky's nephew. It was a memorable scene.
And so was the way it turned out the Eli did the killing tonight, to wit, that Federal guy who pushed Eli just a little too hard one time too many. That was about as fine a knock-down fight scene as we've seen on television and in this fine series, and what a nice move it is, with all kinds of possibilities for next season, sending Eli to work with Al in Chicago.
Al clearly had Torrio shot up - a few years earlier than in historical reality, but that's ok. Torrio did in fact bequeath his outfit to Al, where in reality it was Al or O'Banion's people who tried to take Torrio out. It will be good to see Al finally in charge, where he deserves to be.
Narcisse also gets what he deserves - not the bullet that Richard on Nucky's orders intended, but the boot heal of J. Edgar in his face. J. Edgar Hoover, raving about Marcus Garvey, and likely believing at least in part how Eli's Fed came to be killed, will be good to see on hand and in increasing power next season, too.
But we won't see Richard. His was the bullet that killed not Narcisse but Chalky's innocent daughter, and the cosmos pays Richard back in kind, with a bullet that turns out to be fatal in the shooting that ensues. And so, sadly, Richard never does make it back home, to his new wife and adopted son, but he never really made it back from the Great War and what it did to him, anyway. As he sits against the dock by the water and dies, another chapter closes in this fine drama, and I'm already looking forward to next year's installment.
See also Boardwalk Empire 4.1: Sneak Preview Review ... Boardwalk Empire 4.2: Sneak Preview Review ... Boardwalk Empire 4.2: J. Edgar ...Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview Review 4.3: Honey, Sunny ...Boardwalk Empire 4.3: Nucky, Sunshine, and Heroin ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview Review 4.4: Downfalls ... Boardwalk Empire 4.4: Bullies and Betrayals ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.5: The Gift of Rage ... Boardwalk 4.5: Two Deaths ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.6: Good Lovin' ... Boardwalk Empire 4.6: Sally and Margaret ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.7: Beds, Promotions, Surprises ... Boardwalk Empire 4.7: Family and History ... Boardwalk Empire Sneak Preview 4.8: The Blues ... Boardwalk Empire 4.8: Knives in the Back ... Boardwalk Empire 4.9: The Imbecile ... Boardwalk Empire 4.10 Sneak Preview Review: Unholy Alliances ... Boardwalk Empire 4.10: Family Treachery ... Boardwalk Empire 4.11: Nucky on the Beach
And see also Boardwalk Empire 3.1: Happy News Year 1923 ... Boardwalk Empire 3.2: Gasoline and the White Rock Girl ... Boardwalk Empire 3.3: The Showgirl and The Psycho ... Boardwalk Empire 3.5: "10 L'Chaim" ... Boardwalk Empire 3.7: Deadly Gillian ... Boardwalk Empire 3.8: Andrew Mellon ... Boardwalk Empire 3.9: Impaired Nucky
And see also Boardwalk Empire 2.1: Politics in an Age Before YouTube ... Boardwalk Empire 2.2: The Woman Behind the Throne ... Boardwalk Empire 2.3: Frankenstein and Victrola ... Boardwalk Empire 2.4: Nearly Flagrante Delicto ... Boardwalk Empire 2.5: Richard's Story ... Boardwalk Empire 2.6: Owen and Other Bad News for Nucky ... Boardwalk Empire 2.7: Shot in the Hand ...Boardwalk Empire 2.8: Pups with Fangs ... Boardwalk Empire 2.9: Ireland, Radio, Polio ...Boardwalk Empire 2.10: Double Shot ... Boardwalk Empire 2.11: Gillian and Jimmy ... Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Finale: Stunner!
And see also Boardwalk Emipre on HBO ... Boardwalk Empire 1.2: Lines and Centers Power ...Boardwalk Empire 1.10: Arnold Rothstein, Media Theorist ... Season One Finale of Boardwalk Empire
Paul Levinson's books ... Paul Levinson's music
Photo Credits: HBO