Boardwalk Empire Boss Explains Season Finale Death, Teases Season 3 Time Jump

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SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you have not yet watched last night's Boardwalk Empire season finale. Seriously. You've been warned...

On "To the Lost," this HBO drama delivered a true-game changer, as Nucky killed Jimmy Darmody, fulfilling the latter's first season prophecy that "you can't be half a gangster." Why did showrunner Terence Winter and his team go in this direction?

Winter tells EW it was a matter of taking developments to their "logical extreme."

Jimmy and Son

"Anything short of Nucky doing it himself wouldn’t feel real, it wouldn’t be real. And it would be a cheat for us to say, 'We want to keep our beloved character Jimmy Darmody alive,'" Winter said. "I wanted people to say [when it seemed like Nucky and Jimmy would reconcile], “Oh great, after all that, it’s all going to be forgotten and Jimmy is going to be back in Nucky’s good graces.” I wanted them to think right up to the very end that Nucky is going to forgive him and take him back. It was a really hard decision."

Looking ahead, viewers can expect to see a time jump that will elevate the status of Al Capone in Chicago. Regarding season three, Winter previewed:

"We’re thinking about 16 months and starting the [third] season around the beginning of 1923, then maybe run through the end of 1923. It was an exciting year. All the people who stockpiled liquor started to run out, so competition between bootleggers became really fierce."

Read Winter's full interview with EW now and sound off: What did you think of the finale?

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Margaret, Margaret what have you done, singing over the land to the Parish! Nucky will just have to "remove" your children from the house until you see sense and go get it back. Don't worry, the kids will be well looked after. Then, he should just toss you back out on your ass!


Ok first things first. It is not real it's a tv show. Jimmy made the boardwalk empire show what it is. All the other characters are nothing. The show was headed in such a great direction. Until all the stupid writers started saying. Hey guys its not real enough its not real. Jimmy has to die guys its not real. You Dee dee dee' s its a tv show its never going to be real or seem real And you just knocked off the most "realistic " best performance actor of this show. The true fans that watched the show from day one. Are going to watch something else. Until you guys realize what a mistake you made. Watch your viewer ratings drop. You Dee dee dee.


I kinda knew that Jimmy would die before the series ended. But damn! I never saw this coming. Plus I thought Jimmy would kill him mom before he died. Jimmy was too big of a character to end so quickly, and Margaret is starting to piss me off.


This is reality, and if it comes down to it, Jimmy was in the wrong all the time. Nucky was more like a father to him than the Commodore ever was, the Commodore just used Jimmy to gain power. Nucky was harsh on Jimmy, but he was grooming Jimmy to take his place, Jimmy just could never see that and was blinded of the aspect of the Commodore being his father. Jimmy was a great character but was on a road of self-destruction, if it wasn't Nucky, it would have been someone else. Also, the implementation of Owen Slater along with future introduction of Bugsy Siegel should make for a fantastic season 3!


I liked the ending,never liked Jimmy, no sympathy for his character, his actions with his mother and father made it obvious that he had no where else to go as a character.
Nucky was horrible with business but did not scare his family. Jimmy could be one of the gang but his family had no love, so when everyone thought he was doing great, he wasn't. The writers constantly showed the difference in their home lives. I think Nucky is one of the most interesting characters myself, not some boring murdering deviant who abadonded his family twice then forced his way back in resulting in his wifes death and who didnt have the decency to have joy in any violence he was just limpy dan the pathetic man (or boy) Sort of a Nero figure, desperate for power, reliant on his mother (for many things), totally gripped by his own issues even tho surrounded by those much worse off (tin man the lonely figure)no regard for his wife, and in the end murdered for his failings.


Glad to see Jimmy move on. My favorite character was the Commodore. Dabney Coleman was precious in that part. Jimmy's relationship with his mom was over the top creepy. You want a dream sequence? Bring back the two lesbo's.


I know I'm a little late to the convo. But I really hope that the HBO writers are paying attention. I understand that they wanted something shocking,a strong ending. The thing is, there is an audience to think about. Jimmy was not only everyone's favorite character, he made the show! Sorry Nucky, but he did! Ohh, and while I'm commenting, honestly, I can't stand Margaret anymore. I can't believe she is the same one I rooted for in Season 1. What a bitch! A boring bitch at that! Had Jimmy not been killed off I think that people would be bitching about Margaret. The only reason Im looking forward to Season 3 is because I'm hoping they find a way to bring Jimmy back.


gutted, i loved jimmy so much


Jimmy & Nucky were my two favorite characters. Jimmy dying ruined the whole show for me. He pretty much made the show and the fact that Nucky killed him ruined his character for me too.. PLEASE figure out a way to reverse this ending.. Make it a dream or something because I don't really want to watch it anymore after this.. Obviously a lot of people agree with me too.


WO! Jimmy is dead. Didnt see that coming. Was never the jimmy show so the fact he has been killed off they can concentrate on more interesting characters such as Al Capone and Luciano. Bring on season 3.

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