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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Season Two Finale: Jimmy Gets Christopher'd

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 12th 2011 4:00PM
Atlantic City's tangled web of betrayal, political scheming and murder came full circle in 'Boardwalk Empire's' shocking Season Two finale. After a season of trying to take down Nucky Thompson, Jimmy Darmody finally realized how foolish he'd been to move against his former mentor, but it was too late. Even after Darmody helped make his election fraud charges disappear, Nucky repaid him with two shots to the head, an abrupt end of the line for one of the show's most compelling characters.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV presents the final Season Two installment of our 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 10: Jimmy Pays His Debts

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 28th 2011 12:00PM
Jimmy Darmody may possess the keys to Atlantic City, but in 'Georgia Peaches,' he found out the hard way that Nucky Thompson's old job isn't so easy after all. With his latest shipment of whiskey collecting dust in a distillery after Nucky flooded the town with Irish stock, Jimmy's partners and creditors rapidly lost patience with 'Boardwalk''s prodigal son, and his wife Angela payed a dire price for his hubris.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 8: Nucky's Playing Chess, Not Checkers

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 14th 2011 6:00PM
After losing his closest allies and surviving both a political coup and an honest-to-god assassination attempt, Nucky Thompson finally walked away from his post as Atlantic City's Treasurer in 'Two Boats and a Lifeguard.' But don't count him out yet: the resignation was merely a chess move, made so he can live and scheme another day. Darmody & co. may be rejoicing at their new opportunity to dominate Atlantic City's liquor trade, but you can bet they haven't seen the last of Nucky.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our weekly 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 7: Give Nucky Thompson a Hand

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 7th 2011 5:20PM
The conspirators trying to make a move on Nucky Thompson had spent countless hours, and nearly half this season of 'Boardwalk Empire' meticulously plotting their political coup. But in 'Peg of Old,' they lost their patience to see it through, and hastily moved on to assassination.

But luck smiled down on Nuck, and the assassin's bullet went right through his hand, missing his vitals. Even so, this thing just got real. We'll have to wait to see if Nucky will exact revenge on his rivals, but for now let's catalogue the damage done in this installment.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our weekly 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2 Premiere Recap: Things Are Changing in Atlantic City

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 25th 2011 10:01PM

The Season 2 premiere of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' wasted little time thrusting the Atlantic City power structure we grew to know in Season 1 into a state of chaos and flux. While some critics, including AOL TV's own Mo Ryan, have called 'Boardwalk' slow-paced and somewhat boring, the action-packed Season Two premiere delivered major developments for Nucky Thompson and several of the show's main characters. It opened and closed with a bang, literally and figuratively.

A few minutes into the episode, the Ku Klux Klan attacked Chalky White's bootlegging safe-house in a chilling, 1920s-style drive-by-shooting, emptying a gigantic machine gun into the distillery. The brutal attack killed four of Chalky's people and wounded half-a-dozen others, including a woman. It was an unsettling and intense scene to watch that proved to be a pivotal jumping-off point for several of Season One's simmering storylines.

Chalky managed to shoot one of the Klansman as they escaped, but in a reflection of the unjust racial politics of the era, the story around Atlantic City immediately became "Chalky White shot a Klansman," and a political crisis unfolded for him and Nucky Thompson.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2 Trailer: Nucky's Surrounded By His Problems (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 9th 2011 4:30PM
Nucky Thompson may run Atlantic City, but heavy is the head that wears the crown. HBO has released a new trailer for Season 2 of 'Boardwalk Empire,' and it has the feel of a nightmare, or perhaps a Tony Soprano-style panic attack, in progress.

Nucky strolls down the boardwalk, surrounded on all sides by people who want a piece of his time, or worse, his power. A politician who's in business with all kinds of bootleggers and criminals, Steve Buscemi's Thompson seems to be feeling the stress of constantly juggling responsibilities, egos, women, and playing different factions off each other.

As each new character walks by, we're reminded of just how deep a milieau of supporting characters 'Boardwalk' created in its first season. There's Jimmy and Al Capone, back from Chicago to claim their piece of the action. There's Chalky White, menacingly played by Michael K. Williams, who Nucky relies on and exploits for cheap bootlegging labor. Eli Thompson, the chief of police, stands alone brooding, having hatched a plot with Jimmy and the Commodore to take his brother Nucky down in last season's finale.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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