I have been pretty much going through the motions with this season’s Boardwalk Empire. Truthfully, Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) was a bit of a letdown for me. We’ve seen psycho characters before but he was too aimless of a character for me to care all that much about him. That is, until last night.
It was thrilling when h finally sent his men to go after Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi). Nucky was reeling over the fact that his wife, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald), who had such a severe reaction to Owen Slater’s (Charlie Cox) death, may have had an affair with him, when Gyp’s men gets the drop on him and his trusty butler, Eddie (Anthony Laciura). Nucky was quick to pick up his gun but Eddie still got hurt in the process.
Having been the only loyal person in Nucky’s life, he wasn’t about leave Eddie behind so he heads over to his last ally in Atlantic City, Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams). The only problem is Chalky wasn’t about to let Nucky forget that he was rudely turned away when Chalky proposed a new business venture to him. Nucky has no choice but to agree to help Chalky once they get through this hurdle.
Chalky brings in his future son-in-law to help treat Eddie when Gyp shows up on Chalky’s doorstep demanding to be let in. Worried that Chalky might betray him, Nucky lays low with one hand on his pistol.
Using his sly wits but remaining firm, Chalky prevents Gyp from entering the house and Gyp is forced to leave but not before announcing that there is a $25,000 bounty on Nucky’s head. Later, Nucky asks Chalky if he trusts his men to which he wisely responds that the only person he trusts is himself.
That trust is tested again when Chalky helps Nucky to escape by stowing him in the back of his truck only to be stopped on the road by Gyp’s men. Finally, they both hunker down at Nucky’s nephew’s workplace. When they hear cars approaching, Nucky is ready to take his last stand until they recognize Eli (Shea Whigham), Nucky’s brother, in the crowd. Eli has brought help from Chicago. Al Capone (Stephen Graham) is all smiles as he’s ready to help Nucky get rid of Gyp.
I can’t tell you how thrilling this episode was as Gyp seemed to be biding his time all season. After the death of Jimmy, Nucky realized how he couldn’t be half of gangster and this season was all about proving himself as one and not a mere crooked politician. It was certainly a nice way to go in this penultimate episode of the season. When Al Capone makes his appearance, I was all like, ‘Yeeeaah!’ Now we can get the party started.
On a whole other note, we’ve been the tension building between Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol) and Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) all season long. Richard has mostly been patient and I was glad to see that he was getting his own love storyline. But Gillian has been grating my nerves for a long while now. Even before Jimmy’s death.
Gretchen Mol has been great as the twisted mother/grandmother/prostitute but I wouldn’t be so upset if Richard takes her out in next week’s season finale. Despite not being a blood relative, this former sniper is a waaay better parent to little Tommy than Gillian is.
I’m eager to see how the season wraps up this season and who survives.