The fifth and final season of HBO’s critically acclaimed dramatic series Boardwalk Empire is underway, airing on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT with Steve Buscemi back reprising his role as Nucky Thompson. This season’s different in that Prohibition, the catalyst to the events in seasons one through four, is ending and the political as well as social climate has changed.
Here’s the details on the final four episodes of the absorbing series created by Terence Winter and executive produced by Winter, Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Tim Van Patten, Howard Korder and Eugene Kelly.
Boardwalk Empire October 2014 Episodes:
Episode #53: “King of Norway”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 5 (11:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 6 (11:00 p.m.), 7 (11:00 p.m.), 8 (8:00 p.m.), 9 (10:00 p.m.) and 11 (10:10 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 6 (9:00 p.m.), 8 (10:00 p.m.) and 12 (12:15 p.m.)
Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) returns to Atlantic City with vengeance on his mind. Concerned about the ongoing threat from Luciano (Vincent Piazza), Nucky (Steve Buscemi) arranges a meeting with Maranzano (Giampiero Judica) in New York. In Chicago, Eli’s (Shea Whigham) reunion with June (Nisi Sturgis) takes an unexpected turn after a dinner party hosted by Van Alden (Michael Shannon) and Sigrid (Christiane Seidel). Capone (Stephen Graham) looks to relocate his operation out of Chicago; Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) completes a deal with Carolyn Rothstein (Shae D’Lyn); Nucky gets bad news from Cuba. In 1897, young Nucky (Marc Pickering) looks to win over Mabel’s father (Burke Moses) while asking for expanded responsibilities as deputy sheriff.
Written by Steve Kornacki; directed by Ed Bianchi.
Episode #54: “Devil You Know”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 12 (11:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 13 (12:30 a.m.), 14 (11:05 p.m.), 15 (8:00 p.m.), 16 (10:00 p.m.) and 18 (12:45 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 13 (9:00 p.m.), 15 (10:00 p.m.) and 19 (12:30 p.m.)
In Harlem, Chalky encounters Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) in hopes of setting Daughter Maitland (Margot Bingham) free. Federal agents enlist Eli and Van Alden to help take down the Capone organization. Pained by a recent loss, Nucky turns to the bottle, and the company of a pair of barflies. In 1897, young Nucky vents his frustration to Mabel (Maya Kazan) after endorsing Jim Neary (Scott Francis Moreau), and roots out a young thief with Eli’s (Ryan Dinning) help.
Written by Howard Korder; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
Episode #55: “Friendless Child”
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 19 (11:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 20 (midnight), 21 (12:05 p.m.), 22 (8:00 p.m.), 23 (10:00 p.m.) and 25 (10:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 20 (9:00 p.m.), 22 (10:00 p.m.) and 26 (5:30 p.m.)
At war with Luciano, Nucky looks to hold onto his assets in Atlantic City. Willie (Ben Rosenfield) and Eli become involved in Nucky’s war. Maranzano meets his fate. Nucky reads Gillian’s (Gretchen Mol) letter from the hospital. In 1897, Mabel and Nucky argue about a young runaway from Trenton, while Nucky does a discreet favor for the Commodore (John Elllison Conlee).
Written by Riccardo DiLoreto & Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder; directed by Allen Coulter.
Episode #56: “Eldorado” (series finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 26 (11:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 27 (1:00 a.m.), 28 (11:30 p.m.), 29 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (10:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 27 (9:00 p.m.) and 29 (10:00 p.m.)
After a shakeup, Nucky looks to relocate to Manhattan from Atlantic City. Margaret impresses Nucky and a grain-company stockholder; Luciano tends to unfinished business while establishing a mob commission; Willie shares underworld details with his boss, the U.S. Attorney; Nucky visits Gillian at the hospital. In 1897, Nucky copes with a family crisis, while making a deal with the Commodore that will settle his future.
Written by Howard Korder & Terence Winter; directed by Tim Van Patten.
-By Rebecca Murray
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