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.
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?