Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
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In 1897 Nucky's family tries to help the young Gillian and in 1931 his forces try to resist an ambitious Luciano.


Allen Coulter


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Buscemi ... Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald ... Margaret Thompson
Michael Shannon ... Nelson Van Alden (credit only)
Shea Whigham ... Elias 'Eli' Thompson
Stephen Graham ... Al Capone (credit only)
Vincent Piazza ... Lucky Luciano
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Chalky White (credit only)
Paul Sparks ... Mickey Doyle
Jeffrey Wright ... Valentin Narcisse (credit only)
Ben Rosenfield ... Willie Thompson
Gretchen Mol ... Gillian Darmody
Anatol Yusef ... Meyer Lansky
Marc Pickering ... Deputy Sheriff Enoch Thompson
Boris McGiver ... Sheriff Jacob Lindsay
John Ellison Conlee ... Commodore Louis Kaestner


Nucky's war with Luciano draws in Willie and Eli as Nucky tries to maintain his control in Atlantic City. Meanwhile, Maranzano's tenure as boss is nearing the end; Gillian sends a letter from the hospital; and in 1897, a young Nucky quarrels with Mabel about a runaway from Trenton and does a favor for the Commodore.

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Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

19 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs



Color | Black and White (one scene)

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


Penultimate episode of the series. See more »


The sound of a train in the background features an air horn. In the 1930s it would have been a shrill steam whistle. See more »


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20 October 2014 | by malik-onSee all my reviews

In the Sopranos, flashback were shown, but they were minimal and showed why Tony is the person he is. In Boardwalk Empire, the flashbacks are a part of the story and young Nucky is a main character, He is a struggling man who wants to help, but he knows for a fact that helping others has its limits. Enoch 'nucky' Thompson has always been shown as someone who plays an act, what you see is not who he really is, and this episode tells you who he was and why he isn't that in a brilliant way that couldn't have been done better. To tell one how and why this episode works, would be to spoil it, and in a stupid way, because, to fully embrace the episode, you would need to be someone who has been with nucky since the beginning.

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