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'Boardwalk Empire' Season Finale: A Father, Son, and Brother Plot Nucky's Destruction (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 6th 2010 10:21AM
'Boardwalk Empire' Season Finale: A Father, Son, and Brother Plot Nucky's Destruction"The past is never dead. In fact, it's not even past." Novelist William Faulkner wrote these words about the American South. But they could just as easily apply to the crumbling seaside kingdom of 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO). The show's season finale is ironically titled "A Return to Normalcy" -- but in the end ... nothing really ends.

'Boardwalk Empire' is set during the Roaring Twenties, but its ideas about politics and corruption are as current as today's headlines. Some things never change, after all. In the course of the finale, Crime boss Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi) defeats his foes, securing his position at the top of the Atlantic City criminal empire. "God bless America!" he says, right before his moment of political triumph. (Some things really never change.)

But Nucky's victory might just be an illusion. Waiting in the wings are three men who want to take him down.

The Commodore, Jimmy, and Eli all have their own grudges with Nucky. Commodore Kaestner (Dabney Coleman) is Nucky's powerful predecessor -- and he wants his old position back. Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is Nucky's protégé and the Commodore's son. He won't wait his turn and rise up through the ranks -- he's ready for Jimmy's position now. "You're going to take back Atlantic City," Jimmy's father growls, as the pair skulk in a menacing, smoke-filled room.

Even Nucky's younger brother is against him. Eli Thompson (Shea Whigham) is the sheriff serving under Nucky's control. But Eli and Nucky have a long-brewing sibling rivalry -- one that's ready to explode. When Eli enters the room where the father and son are huddled, he gives Kaestner a taciturn nod, and takes Jimmy in with a single glance. "You told him what we discussed," he says to the Commodore.

It's a statement, not a question. The topic under discussion is the destruction of Enoch Thompson. Nucky better watch out. The past has a way of catching up with you.

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