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Eldorado (Boardwalk Empire)

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"Eldorado"
Boardwalk Empire episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 8
Directed byTim Van Patten
Written byTerence Winter
Howard Korder
Original air dateOctober 26, 2014 (2014-10-26)
Running time57 minutes
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"Eldorado" is the series finale of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. It is the eighth episode of the fifth season, and the 56th episode of the series overall. The episode was written by series creator Terence Winter and executive producer Howard Korder, and was directed by executive producer Tim Van Patten. It aired on October 26, 2014. It portrays protagonist Nucky Thompson trying to tie up loose ends before retiring from the bootlegging business, as his past comes back to haunt him.

Plot

With his holdings in Atlantic City lost, Nucky decides to go for a swim in the ocean. Meanwhile, in New York, due to Nucky's manipulation of Mayflower Grain stock, Joseph Kennedy's business associates begin unloading their shares. Kennedy suspects Nucky's involvement and confronts Margaret, who convinces him to short sell his own shares. Margaret helps Kennedy and Nucky make a huge profit from the sale. Impressed, Kennedy offers to make Margaret his business partner. Margaret meets Nucky to inform him of her success, and they share a slow dance. Nucky later returns to Atlantic City, intending to leave forever. He says goodbye to Eli, gives him some money and encourages him to return to his family. He then meets Gillian in the sanitorium, telling her the most he can do is set up a trust fund for her when she is released.

Back in New York, Luciano and Lansky gather the country's most powerful crime bosses and form The Commission, a singular body that mediates relations between all crime organizations in the country. On orders from Luciano, Siegel kills Narcisse in front of his church in Harlem. In Chicago, Capone is served a court summons when the authorities manage to obtain his ledgers. While he publicly boasts that the charges of tax evasion won't stick, Capone says goodbye to his son before heading to court, where D'Angelo is waiting for him.

In a flashback to 1897, Nucky, now Deputy Sheriff of Atlantic City, finds out Mabel has miscarried their child. Later that day, Eli calls him to stop their father from beating their mother. Nucky gets into a fight with his father and warns him that there will be consequences if he lays hands on her again. His father replies that Nucky will never be able to escape where he came from. At a town parade, the Commodore tells Nucky to turn in his badge, but offers to promote him to sheriff if he brings Gillian to him; it is implied that the Commodore intends to rape her. After a moment's hesitation, Nucky approaches Gillian, telling her that the Commodore wants to help her. He then promises that he will always look out for her.

Back in 1931, on his last night in Atlantic City, Nucky receives a call from the police, who have arrested Joe. Nucky bails Joe out of jail and gives him some money, but Joe angrily refuses Nucky's help. Nucky runs into Joe again hours later, and Joe reveals that he is in fact Tommy Darmody – Jimmy Darmody's son and Gillian's grandson. Tommy shoots Nucky three times before being restrained by the police. At the same time, IRS agents, who had followed Nucky the entire evening, identify themselves and arrest Tommy. As Nucky dies, he sees a vision of himself as a young boy, swimming in the ocean and catching a coin.

Reception

Upon airing in the United States on October 26, 2014, on HBO, the episode was watched by 2.33 million viewers.[1]

Rotten Tomatoes gave the final episode a 92% rating based on 12 critic reviews, with the critical consensus "Despite the limitations of its shortened final season, Boardwalk Empire wraps up the saga of Nucky Thompson in an effective series finale that both offers closure and leaves a few things to ponder."[2] Genevieve Valentine of The A.V. Club gave "Eldorado" an A-, calling it a fitting end to the series: "In its characterization and dialogue, in its shots of the lonely shore or a smoky nightclub, in the moments of dry humor or unexpected tenderness, Boardwalk Empire was an often-fascinating portrait of an age. It came and went quietly (ad campaign to the contrary), but at its best, it told one hell of a story."[3] Martin Chilton of The Daily Telegraph gave the finale five out of five stars and wrote that, "Steve Buscemi and Stephen Graham were brilliant in 'Eldorado', the finale of the superb HBO crime drama Boardwalk Empire."[4]

Accolades

Ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
67th Primetime Emmy Awards[5] Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Tim Van Patten Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series Francesca Paris, Lisa De Jesus, Sarah Stamp Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More) Bill Groom, Adam Scher, Carol Silverman Won

References

  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 28, 2014). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Wins Night, 'Talking Dead', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Real Housewives of New Jersey', 'Homeland' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Eldorado - Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Episode 8". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Valentine, Genevieve (October 26, 2014). "Boardwalk Empire: "Eldorado"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Chilton, Martin (November 1, 2014). "Boardwalk Empire, Eldorado, review: a bittersweet triumph". The Telegraph. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 16, 2015). "Emmy Nominations 2015 – Full List". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
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