Atlantic City, 1921: Though his fortunes have soared in the wake of the enactment of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in ‘the world’s playground.’ Following the ’20 election, Nucky finds himself the target of an investigation for voter fraud and faces not only jail, but insurrection by some of those he considered his closest allies.
In season two, Nucky and his lieutenants – including young World War I veteran Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt)– appear to have solidified their hold on power by rigging an election and getting a crony elected mayor. However, after a bloody KKK attack at Chalky White’s (Michael Kenneth Williams) bootleg warehouse, Nucky finds his hold on Atlantic City weakened, first by state agents who arrest him for election fraud and ransack his office, then by members of his own inner circle and even his family, who align with Jimmy’s father, the aging Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman), in an attempt to oust him altogether. Meanwhile, mobsters like Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza), Meyer Lansky and Al Capone (Stephen Graham) wait in the wings, looking for the chance to grab a bigger piece of Nucky’s pie.
Boardwalk Empire also features Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder, Nucky’s mistress; Michael Shannon as federal agent Nelson Van Alden, Gretchen Mol as Gillian, Jimmy’s showgirl mother; Shea Whigham as Nucky’s resentful brother Elias, the sheriff of Atlantic City; Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody, Jimmy’s wife; Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler, Nucky’s valet; and Jack Huston as Richard Harrow, a disfigured war veteran who’s been befriended by Jimmy.
Season 2 Premiere – September Episode:
Episode #13: “21”
Debut: SUNDAY, SEPT. 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Sept. 25 (10:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 27 (11:30 p.m.) and 28 (10:00 p.m.), and Oct. 1 (12:30 a.m. ET/11:30 p.m. PT)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 26 (10:00 p.m.), 29 (12:30 a.m.) and 30 (9:00 p.m.), and Oct. 2 (2:00 p.m.) and 13 (9:00 p.m.)
Nucky is rocked by an insurrection among his inner circle; Chalky’s life and livelihood are threatened by a vicious KKK attack; Margaret copes with her son’s disciplinary problems; Angela vies with Gillian for Jimmy’s affections at home; Van Alden shows his wife Rose (Enid Graham) around town as an anniversary present.
Written by Terence Winter; directed by Tim Van Patten.
Source: HBO – August 31, 2011