NO ONE GOES QUIETLY…
As the brilliant period gangster drama from HBO reaches what is sure to be an epic and emotional conclusion, starting this September. The final season is set in 1931, a controversial decision considering seven years have passed since season four and major historical events have been passed over despite the previously delicate pace. I’m sure the final season will still discuss or even portray some of these moments in flashback regardless, and am excited for the arcs planned. Here is a preview of each character’s directions…
NUCKY THOMPSON - Last seen having his new life with Sally Wheet interrupted by the government and having fallen out with Eli once again, seven years later Nucky seems to be just as inclined to retire from his old life. As prohibition nears its end, Nucky seems to be wanting to legitimise his alcohol business via Cuban associates, but will he be able to escape his past? Not only do his gangster crimes haunt his waking hours, but so do the actions of his youth, which the final season will be exploring in detail via flashbacks and the effect of his actions on his family, work associates and Gillian Darmody. Will Nucky go quietly or will he face a more bloody end?
MARGARET THOMPSON - Last seen moving into an apartment paid for by Rothstein for her stock deals with him, seven years have passed and she is still far from Nucky’s orbit since their separation in season three. Rothstein is dead and the economy is crashing, but Margaret’s job and stock business is still surviving regardless, but is on the edge of disaster. Will Margaret be able to keep her livelihood, her children safe and stay away from estranged husband Nucky? Or will their paths cross once again?
NELSON VAN ALDEN - The former prohibition agent turned key henchman of Al Capone was last seen picking up a ‘new’ associate for him and it’s old foe Eli Thompson. Prohibition is nearing its end and Al Capone is top of the criminal world, but his time is ending and Van Alden must survive his fall and find his place in the criminal world or get out, but how will his close proximity to Eli play out?
ELI THOMPSON - Last seen fleeing Atlantic City with Nelson Van Alden after murdering the ruthless Agent Knox and betraying Nucky one too many times, Eli is now in the employ of Al Capone, but will he ever see Nucky, tempestuous son Willie and his family ever again? Flashbacks will also detail his difficult relationship with his brother and father even more as the show reaches its end.
AL CAPONE - Last seen succeeding power from Johnny Torrio, his old boss, and losing one brother in his climb to the top, Capone has now reached the height of his powers. But history dictates he cannot stay there for long, will the gangster take any enemies with him?
CHALKY WHITE - The nightclub owner and powerful gangster was last seen chafing at his fury over the bloodbath in his club that saw his daughter murdered and arch nemesis Dr Narcisse escape alive and feel betrayed by Nucky. This season Chalky is on a vendetta that seems to have been a long time in the making considering the time jump, he sees there as being forgiveness for his sins and will take down his enemies at any cost. His rivalry with Dr Narcisse especially seems to be heading for a powerful conclusion.
CHARLES ‘LUCKY’ LUCIANO - Last seen firmly in the camp of Joe ‘The Boss’ Masseria and out of favour with old mentor Arnold Rothstein, Charles had also fallen out with old friend Meyer Lansky. Now following the seven year time jump, both Masseria and Rothstein are dead (hopefully their deaths will be portrayed via flashbacks) and Luciano will prove instrumental in creating the major families of the gangster underworld and revolutionise crime forever. As his ascent to the top of the ladder continues, will he have mended fences with the also growing Meyer?
MICKEY DOYLE - Last seen continuing his comical presence as a gangster constant, the time jump to the end of the prohibition will see Doyle in a more precarious position, but how will the arrival of a young teenage boy named Slim affect the life of Mickey Doyle?
DR VALENTIN NARCISSE - Last seen barely escaping with his life from the shoot out at the Onyx club and ending up in the clutches and reluctant employ of J Edgar Hoover, the time jump sees an older Narcisse living a complicated life within the crime world by leading a double life. However, Chalky White hasn’t forgotten their feud from years prior, and their hatred of each other will culminate in harsh actions. And will he or Chalky ever see Daughter Maitland again?
and GILLIAN DARMODY - The damaged, tragic and slightly crazed femme fatale was last seen being betrayed by her lover and secret undercover Pinkerton agent Roy, and imprisoned for her murder of an innocent man in season three and passing him off as her late son and incestuous lover Jimmy. Seven years have passed and Gillian appears to now be in some kind of mental hospital, but her life will always be tied to Nucky, and flashbacks and the present will show how the two have forever changed each other.
I have no doubt these final episodes may just be the best the show has to offer. Tune in for the premiere on September 7, 2014!