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The official subreddit of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Jack Huston, Michael Shannon, Stephen Graham, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Gretchen Mol.

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For HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which airs Sundays at 9/8c.

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Paul F. Tompkins as Richard Harrow (comedy gold, boyo)

2 Comments
2024/03/28
15:41 UTC

118

Eddie cantor puts on a show for his cab drivers

Milky white and Mr Fernley with a front row seat..

25 Comments
2024/03/28
01:52 UTC

4

Question about Nucky & Torrio

Spoilers if not watched season 5 don’t read any further

Why did Torrio betray Nucky in the end and what were his reasons & who attempted to assassinate Torrio in season 4?

8 Comments
2024/03/28
01:26 UTC

279

The king tut dance number scene makes me cringe

Totally realistic portrayal of how I think they performed back then but man is is hard to watch maybe it’s because of Billie’s faces

119 Comments
2024/03/28
00:38 UTC

37

RIP

I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I am actually so sad that Van Alden died??? I really don’t know why though, maybe bc of his downfall that just kept going downhill until his death :/ Oh well 🤷🏽‍♀️ P.S Never get attached to the characters in this show….

11 Comments
2024/03/27
19:42 UTC

17

Is it worth watching season 4 & 5?

I really enjoyed seasons 1 & 2, i felt a little bored in the beginning of season 2, because Commodore was a great villain... until he had a stroke. And Jimmy was the best character in whole series, but not a threatening villain, as he lacked inteligence & leader skills, kept making all the mistakes.

BUT, the ending to Jimmy arc was a masterpiece. I only wish the rest was as good.

I don't really like Nucky Thompson character, Buscemi played him very well, but he is really boring and unlikable, i would prefer him as a background character, and someone more interesting as the main (anti)hero of the story. He is an extreme hypocrite, douchebag, and the only reason he keeps winning is because his opponents are bad. He lacks some redeeming values, or a character arc.

Secondary roles are all amazing though. Al Capone, Richard Harrow, Van Alden, Rothstein, Chalky - really interesting & charismatic, somewhat likable characters.

I'm very mixed on season 3. Bobby Canavale was great, but Gyp felt very cartoonish and too dumb to be a really threatening villain. He had the muscle, but nothing more. All his funny jokes were during introduction scene, he had some fun/scary moments, but i didn't like his BDSM & sissy backstory.

Season 3 final episodes were very good though.

I've read that seasons 4 & 5 only get worse, is it true, or is it worth to keep watching?

44 Comments
2024/03/27
18:10 UTC

1,039

This show had one of the most stacked casts of all time, it’s a shame it’s so underrated

91 Comments
2024/03/27
00:22 UTC

21

What is the show missing?

Hi all - I’m rewatching Boardwalk Empire for the first time since it ended. This was one of my favorite shows when it aired - I kind of transferred my love of The Sopranos to this show. Rewatching it has reminded me that this was a very, very good show. However, the show never truly lived up to its (very, very high) expectations. It was fairly popular, but never came close to that cultural zeitegeist a la Sopranos / Game of Thrones / Succession. And in some sense, the show has been forgotten about. My question for this fairly small Reddit audience is, why? What exactly was the show missing?

Again, I think this is a very, very good show. I’m thoroughly enjoying this rewatch, especially since it’s been so long. But what did the show need to reach that inner circle, the best of the best? I can’t put my finger on it.

A few guesses here -

-I’m not sure how memorable most of the characters were, minus one or two

-Killing Jimmy in Season 2 made for an exciting season but long term was a narrative flaw

-Including real life gangsters like Capone and Luciano made for some fun storytelling but gave the show some prequel like vibes. As in, we already know what happened to those guys.

-Not getting its 6th season hurt the latter portion of the show - though HBO would have likely granted it if the ratings were higher.

Curious to hear some other thoughts.

33 Comments
2024/03/26
21:12 UTC

39

Eli Thompson

I swear i love Eli’s character but him acting innocent and a victim when he legit tried to have nucky killed frustrates me a little i guess that’s how it’s like when ur the youngest sibling. Lmk what yall think tho?

22 Comments
2024/03/26
05:12 UTC

59

Introducing my husband to this show for the first time and of all the things to actually shock him, THIS was the moment that stopped him in his tracks 🤣

I just can’t wait to see his reaction when he takes the iron to dude’s face if him SLAPPING a guy got this kind of reaction 🤣

18 Comments
2024/03/25
21:05 UTC

8

Say ONE nice thing about your least favorite character

37 Comments
2024/03/24
01:59 UTC

38

One thing is really bothering me about the court case with Gillian

So when Richard is on the stand he says that he knew the body wasn’t Jimmy because he “fought beside him, and you don’t forget that”. Just curios, didn’t they meet after the war? I thought for sure their first time meeting was the train/train station. I guess it could be interpreted as Richards feelings of still being at war when they’re home, like the line when he said “he was a soldier, he fought, and he lost” despite their not being at war anymore.

20 Comments
2024/03/23
16:30 UTC

300

Al Capone appreciation post

I just finished the series and want to shout out the amazing job Stephen Graham did playing Al Capone. He was hilarious, frustrating, annoying, infuriating and weirdly relatable at times (more so season 1) and this actor did a phenomenal job from start to finish. This guy is also a master of accents I was expecting him to break at times as a Brit especially as a lanky English person but he freaking nailed it.

56 Comments
2024/03/23
01:40 UTC

406

Very impressed by Ivo Nandi on my rewatch. He stole every scene he was in. Perfectly casted and acted.

41 Comments
2024/03/21
19:55 UTC

68

Just watched the Jimmy Darmody death episode for the third time.

One of the saddest things in TV history. Even though he was a real pain, arrogant and foolish, I felt so bad for him, great character. After watching 2,3,4 episodes of seasons 1 and 2 in a row because it's so good, I don't think I can stomach to watch more of Nucky Thompson for a while.

38 Comments
2024/03/21
03:15 UTC

46

Why is Remus at the New Year's party as a buyer? Isn't he a supplier?

I thought Remus was a supplier of "medicinal" booze. Why does Nucky bring him in on New Years to talk about his new single buyer policy with Rothstein? Shouldn't Torio been there instead?

Also, related fun facts I found on Wikipedia:

In 1922, Remus and his wife held a New Year's Eve party at their new mansion, nicknamed the Marble Palace. The guests included one hundred couples from the most prestigious families in the area. As parting gifts, Remus presented all the men with diamond stickpins, and gave each guest's wife a brand new car.

Remus is sometimes credited as the direct inspiration for The Great Gatsby, though Gatsby might have been based on one of several figures such as Arnold Rothstein.

29 Comments
2024/03/20
15:54 UTC

22

Any other shows as good as this one set in same era?

Finished the show a few days ago and I want more. Any suggestions on other tv shows like this one? I’ve seen all the sopranos, the wire, BB, BCS, Mad Men, etc. I’ll even take recommendations for documentary series about this era

27 Comments
2024/03/20
04:20 UTC

22

What happened to the girl Richard married after season 4??

Ik there would’ve been like 1 death cuz her dad had ciroucis or something but how come Tommy ended up homeless? I mean she seemed nice and they were living with Richard’s sister so idk?

26 Comments
2024/03/18
20:14 UTC

117

Arnold Rothstein is definitely my favorite character. Who's yours?

92 Comments
2024/03/17
02:33 UTC

59

Somthing seems familiar about this guy

I can’t unsee Richard.

12 Comments
2024/03/16
11:26 UTC

206

I like Boardwalk Empire better than The Sopranos.

There I said it. Holding that in was more sin than I could live with.

95 Comments
2024/03/16
00:10 UTC

76

I used to believe in God...

But now I don't believe in ANYTHING.

Van-Alden/Mueller is the best dark comic relief that you get in this show. More giggle juice 🍺

21 Comments
2024/03/14
15:37 UTC

29

Just finished season 4.

The last shot of the last episode. 😭

9 Comments
2024/03/14
01:39 UTC

10

Nucky Thompson tribute | The Ecstasy of Gold

1 Comment
2024/03/13
16:03 UTC

3

Season 1 episode 3 credits music???

I am trying to find the track from the end credits of s1e3. Everything online points to it being 'eternal peace' by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

But, theres no mention of this tracks existence outside of pages related to this episode. It's not on any streaming service, discogs or youtube, and I can not find an official credited soundtrack to verify if this is actually the name of the piece. This makes me think that websites such as Tunefind are wrong, as I could find every other Boardwalk credited Vince Giordano track in their discography (albeit, didn't try to find many).

Any ideas?

2 Comments
2024/03/13
15:45 UTC

0

This show doesn’t seem very realistic.

Normally, a man like Jimmy wouldn’t have accepted a woman cheating on him, especially with a woman.

Chalky White wasn’t involved in organized crime, especially not at that level, nor would the mafia work with a black crime syndicate. In real life, LCN fought with black criminals in New York.

The deaths of KKK members at the hand of black criminals would have caused a gigantic incident in real life.

The biggest would be the fact that Nucky Johnson didn’t hold nearly as much power in real life as he does in the show. He was never an actual power player.

38 Comments
2024/03/10
18:02 UTC

1

Am I insane or is HBO/Max gaslighting me?

I was obsessed with this show when it was originally airing and recently decided to do a rewatach, which I enjoyed very much and reminded me of what an underrated gem this show is in the HBO arsenal. That said, I distinctly remember a scene where there is some sort of meeting or celebration being held in a club/hotel and Lucky Luciano is making food (maybe steak and eggs?) in the industrial kitchen and chaos breaks out and he ends up getting his throat slit on the beach. However, on my rewatch on Max/HBOMax/whatever HBO is calling their streaming service, that scene did not occur.

I feel like the perpetrator in that scenario was one of Nucky's guys? Idk but either way, in the back half of S5 Lucky has noticeable scars on his face and throat so that would track and he was being such an asshole about the Willie/Bugsy Siegel prisoner exchange and making a scene about his desire for acquiring steak and eggs, so that tracks with my memory.

I'm sorry if this has been discussed before but this is my first Reddit post and no one I know has such an affinity for this show and this is one of the three scenes I distinctly remembered from this show (aside from Jimmy's death and Jimmy banging his mom). But this scene exists right? They definitely at one point showed Lucky Luciano getting his throat slit? Or otherwise I am fully loosing my mind lol

22 Comments
2024/03/10
06:30 UTC

245

Commodore

“You get judged for what you succeed in now what you attempt”

42 Comments
2024/03/09
19:44 UTC

13

Spoiler Discussion For Season 2 and Question

Why didn’t Jimmy pay Manny Hurwitz back? He took a burn at Manny referring to him as a boy (boychik). Manny was a criminal, like all of them, and skilled at butchering. A crazy dangerous man. Why piss him off repeatedly out of defiance? That move caused the house of cards to fall.

Why did Manny murder Angela and her lover when he knew Jimmy was not there? To cause maximum pain to Jimmy. Jimmy’s action/inaction set this in motion.

8 Comments
2024/03/09
12:19 UTC

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