Boardwalk Empire Review: Great Googly Moogly

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When Boardwalk Empire Season 3 kicked off, we were introduced to Gyp Rosetti and his brutal ways.

The finale finished much like the premiere started, as Gyp met his demise not far from where we first saw him spill blood. Indeed, "Margate Sands" brought closure to many of the storylines to which we were treated over the past few months, thanks to an array of twists and turns that made for a thrilling conclusion. 

Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Finale Scene

Arnold Rothstein showed Lucky Luciano he still has a lot to learn when it comes to the world of criminal enterprise, but it looked like school will be back in session for Arnold soon enough after falling into the heavily-baited trap Nucky set for him. What a great surprise to see Mr. Means behind Melon's call to Esther Randolph. He was worth every dollar Nucky paid him this season. 

With Rothstein most likely out of the picture, look for Lucky and Meyer to resolve their differences and start in again on their aspirations. I wouldn't be surprised to see the two partner up with Nucky at some point, either. Nucky was worried he would be persona non grata after the smoke cleared... but Eli was right. All they have to do is offer the people something they want and they will be willing to look past certain things. Maybe that will be booze, maybe drugs or even entertainment in the form of Chalky's club. 

What a scene that was as Chalky and Capone squared off in the lumber yard and later on as they both got their urge to fight out of their systems by blowing away Masseria's men. 

Richard had an itch to scratch himself and made short work of the men that stood between him and Tommy. I don't think things will ever be the same between him and Julia, not after he brought his work home with him in the form of a blood-covered face. Tommy was safe, though, and that was all Richard really cared about. I just hope that doesn't mean he will finish what he tried to do back in the woods. 

Margaret faced a tough decision but appeared to have gone ahead with the abortion. I'm pretty sure the bleeding we saw was residual from the procedure and not a miscarriage. Nucky was willing to forgive her dalliance with Owen and welcome her and the children home. She turned him down initially, but I think we'll see her back in Atlantic City by next season. 

Eli and Nucky appeared to be back on good terms, but there was that moment of silence which followed as Eli asked Nucky where Margaret and the kids had gone to hide. Nucky still did not trust his brother completely at that point. 

For all the loathsome things Gillian has done, I very much enjoyed seeing how diabolical she was as she masterfully played Gyp right up until the moment he wrestled the needle away from her. In her opium-infused state, Gillian traveled back to the night Nucky delivered her to the commodore and did well to remind us that while she is one seriously disturbed woman, there were those who certainly had a hand in her troubled mental state. 

All in all it was a tremendous season that left the door open for any number of possible scenarios. The season's MVP has to go to Rosetti, who week in and week out provided the best Boardwalk Empire quotes - and tonight was no exception. What did you think? 


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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (71 Votes)

the dropping of the red lapel i think symbolized that AC was dead to him. It will never be the same.


To say this show is better than The Sopranos is truly ghastly. Sopranos hired and fired characters at will with no consideration for the viewers tastes. In Boardwalk the only time a major character meets their demise is in a "final showdown" type scene in the season finale, and as such is painfully predictable. This season felt like the writers were truly running out of ideas, your run of the mill psychotic mafia boss making trouble for everyone before ending up dead by the hands of his own. Time for something new HBO.


I wasn't surprised Gyp met his demise.....I'd predicted that all along....and yes, he has been this seasons MVP....with Buscemi being a close second...... I was really hoping Richard would have killed Gillian or at least had a confrontation with her...... Of course Margaret will head back to Atlantic City, Nucky stated the truth when he said she was spoiled........ So this finale has left us wondering WHAT is going to happen next...... can't wait to hear some spoilers before it comes back next fall.......


Richard going on a one man killing spree was by far the best scene in the whole ep for me. A close second would go to Capone and Chalky and their men taking out Masseria's crew. Capone was so nonchalant about the shoot out. "Back to Chicago.", he said with such ease. I really hope that next season does not see a decline with Richard. Though he spilled a lot of blood in the process, he got Tommy to safety. I liked the ending with Nucky dropping the red flower pin onto the boardwalk. Almost seemed symbolic of the lives that crossed that boardwalk and have fallen.


Absolutely fantastic. This finale has Boardwalk jumping over the Soprano's, as best show ever. The character's this show creates, wether real or fictitious, are fantastic, and with the speed they finish them off, they have to be. Almost every episode this year, was better than most big budget Hollywood films in the theater.


The lack of comments has me worried about the future of this show. Where's the viewer/fan base? I see much more dialog for other shows reviewed on this and other sites. High production values, stiff execution. Like they're afraid to tell it like it revisionist, seen though the politically correct eyes of a 21st century writer/producer and actors.

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