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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They should have killed off eli, that would have been just as shocking or even more so but would have kept Jimmy. He was one of my fav chars, really annoyed me that he died. Like someone mentioned above, don't piss off your audience.


They Should of ended at, nucky shotting the second time, and not cut to the jimmys face with a 2 bullet holes, least then they can bring back jimmy in the next season if ratings go down, and say that nucky shot the ground near jimmys head. meh jimmy best character !!!!


UGH. first Jimmy's wife, then Jimmy!? let's get rid of all the most interesting characters, shall we? and not to mention....Mrs. Thompson!? didn't she friggen sleep with Nucky's driver, now she signs off Nucky's land to the friggen church? Shouldn't Nucky have killed her? or his stupid murderous brother? seriously people. Idk if i'll come back for season 3....someone else mentioned, "Why bother?" and I'm inclined to say the same thing. I loved Jimmy...


It is sad that jimmy died. Probably the most loved character amongst the audience. If they can make us fall in love with a character like that and take him away from us it is extemely sad, but I'm sure it will happen again. GREAT SHOW, By the way Jimmy's son and mom, foreshadowing nucky being avenged? If he had listened to his mom all along Jimmy would be on top of the world.


Why even watch season three? I only really liked jimmy's character, every other character was boring by the end of the season. Have to say I may be moving on to other shows after this


Too much violence? You do know what the show is about right? Loved going bold with how it ended. Is Eli bad news? Yea, that's why its interesting he's still around. Wish it was a bit more clear what happened to Richard tho


I didn't like the finale. As I remember, Nucky's brother wanted him dead and Jimmy didn't so Nucky looks like a schnook. It was very disappointing and alarming.Just too much violence and taking away too many good characters.

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