Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire premiered last night. I was skeptical about even coming back to the show after Season 2’s finale and the death of Jimmy. I swore I’d give the first episode a shot this season and Boardwalk Empire remains the same high-quality television it’s always been, just this time around, without James Darmody.
It seems like the show is going to weigh heavily on two factors: Nucky’s new “killer-gangster” attitude, and newcomer to the show, Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti who doesn’t have a short fuse, but rather no fuse at all.
We played catch-up with all of the characters and how much their lives have changed after the gap between Season 2 and 3. Nucky Thompson has become more ruthless and willing to kill than ever before, finally making the transition to “whole” gangster and doing what needs to be done. Nucky and Margaret’s marriage comes off seemingly ideal, until the very end when we realize their arrangement is nothing but a front kept up for appearance after Margaret’s great idea to sell the deed to all of Nucky’s land–a.k.a., his retirement–in last season’s finale.
Nelson Van Alden is now a failing salesman going door-to-door, trying to get enough money to survive with his new family. Gillian Darmody has been brainwashing Jimmy’s son into thinking that she’s his mother. Richard Harrow is hanging around, trying to get young Tommy to remember his parents at all.
All of these characters are trying to move on with their lives and get away from the tragic events of last season. Unfortunately, by the end of the episode, we see that characters like Mr. Harrow are still holding onto grudges and seeking out old enemies, while Nucky seems to be making new ones in the form of Rosetti. I mean, the guy isn’t even afraid to insult Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, and Nucky to their faces. Or beat an innocent old man to death and steal his dog. You can’t blame Rosetti, the old man had a big mouth and the smug prick had even helped change Rosetti’s tire. Bastard.
I didn’t get to see Chalky White yet, which upsets me, but I’m looking forward to this season. I feel the show is going to kick into gears faster than ever before to try and retain an audience and prove that without Jimmy, the show is still definitely worth watching. Steve Buscemi’s always been the other half of the show’s focal point, and I don’t doubt that this new side of Enoch Thompson is going to be worthwhile.
Boardwalk Empire kicked off HBO’s Fall television with a bang. Let’s see how many beloved characters die this season, shall we? I’m betting Richard Harrow takes half of them out.