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HBO has put some extra cash in the pockets of organized crime and re-upped Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season, just three episodes into Season 4. The move continues HBO's tradition of quick renewals, and was likely nudged along by Boardwalk's performance at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards: In addition to Bobby Cannavale's surprising win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama on Sunday, the series also bagged trophies for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. HBO hasn't announced an episode count or target air date for Season 5, but if history is any indication (and shouldn't it be, for a period piece like this one?) "12" and "fall 2014" would be pretty safe bets. 

Boardwalk Empire's still-young fourth season is averaging 7.5 million viewers per episode, according to HBO, and the show is almost certainly hoping that it will continue to earn critical recognition now that it's introduced even more potentially award-winning characters in Ron Livingston's Roy Philips and Patricia Arquette's Sally Wheet. Jeffrey Wright's Dr. Valentin Narcisse may even be an Emmy lock. Only three episodes in, the guy is quite an intriguing villain, and a perfect foil to Michael Kenneth Williams' criminally underutilized Chalky White. 

While the show can be a tough watch at the beginning of any given season thanks to the ever-expanding cast, its record of turning in excellent season finales—as Cory pointed out in his review of the Season 4 premiere—is enough to make us happy that the writers will get to continue their efforts. So far, Season 4 feels more like a Ken Burns documentary on organized crime than a serialized TV show, with several enterprises operating independently in Atlantic City, New York City, Chicago, Indiana, and even exploring the wilds of Tampa, Florida. But even as Nucky Thompson keeps turning a profit on Prohibition, we know from the bloody Season 3 that Boardwalk is willing to wipe the slate clean when necessary.

In fact, the biggest question mark going forward may be whether Steve Buscemi's fictional protagonist should survive to see another season. The Chicago storyline, led by the excellent Stephen Graham as Al Capone, and the show's recent reintroduction of Michael Shannon's Van Alden to relevance, have been the highlights of Season 4 thus far. Plus, fan-favorite characters like Richard Harrow and Chalky White have proven they can carry the show when necessary. Could Boardwalk Empire ever go Nucky-free? Would you want it to?

Has Boardwalk Empire's sprawling storytelling kept you interested?

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AIRED ON 10/26/2014

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It's Steve Buscemi playing the gangster main lead in a Terence Winter show...I don't know why tv.com peeps have such a boner for removing him from the show, but that's a terrible idea.
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No. He should stay on for as long as it runs. A great character among other greats off course.
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While BE is definitely an ensemble show, Nucky is the main POV character, and hopefully never gets dropped. He's the guy in the opening credits, and the "Boardwalk Empire" of the title is his Atlantic City operation. The other characters are there to provide challenges to his empire, much like Tony's costars on The Sopranos. To make the challenges believable, these characters need to be finely drawn, and properly developed. Nobody on this show is simple, or completely predictable, so Nucky's job is never easy.

You mention the show starts slow. This is to be expected when trying to get something heavy moving, and under the weight of all its complex, finely drawn characters, BE is massive. But by the same token, once it gets moving, that very mass makes it a juggernaut, as unstoppable as a freight train by the end of the season. This is something most other shows on the box, with their emphasis on quick payoffs, never aspire to, and I'm grateful for it.
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The answer is simply NO. The show to me is about Nucky just like The sopranos is about Tony so no. Nucky needs to survive till the end of the show. Nucky character is based on Enoch L Johnson which survived till 1968. I was ok with Jimmy dying but definitely not Nucky.
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I agree with marlboromagpi the show is about nucky and u will lose viewers if his character don't go on
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Good to hear. Last week's episode definitely reminded me that Nucky is the supposed central character in the show. Boardwalk has difficulty conveying this successfully though, with so many other intriguing characters.

So could they kill Nucky off? Yes. But should they? I'd say probably not. Whatever the rest of this season and five brings, I hope there's a lot more Van Alden.
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Great news for the renewal. In light of other stuff on it most definitely deserves it's renewal and I look forward to a lot more. That said, I've always felt, and still feel, that it should be a lot better than it is. The quality of last season is where it should have been from the beginning and I agree with an earlier review that Boardwalk could have been one of the next great shows...but isn't quite. Much as I love Steve Buscemi in just about anything I also had the feeling that in this show, he's not as pivotal a character as some characters in other shows,like a Clay Morrow in SOA. Not that I think they should or will kill him off as I don't want that either, but I do find some of the other characters more compelling. I agree I'd love to see more Al Capone and I'm so glad that finally they're putiing more scenes in with Kenneth Michael Williams. I still want more Van Alden though as Michael Shannon just kills it and I relish every scene he's in as he's like a powder keg ready to explode if someone goes too far. I welcome the new cast also as they're all great and this show's acting is some of the best out there in terms of an ensemble cast. Undeniably, Boardwalk has and will continue to have some great moments...but it takes it's sweet time getting there!! Sometimes I wish it would maintain it's momentum a little bit more. I DO think Cannavale's win was surprising. Perhaps what irks me too is the fact that great show though it is...it's the type of show that crusty and conservative old dudes at the Emmys love to love. Much like Mad Men in that regard.
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YES!!!!!!!
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No it should not ..Nucky is BE
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This is a great series, sure it's a slow burn but it's great. I doubted after what happened in season 2 that season 3 would be weaker but it was better! This is my 2nd or third on going show on TV. Only second to BrBa which is the best TV I have seen. I think I'm even liking it more than I did Sopranos.
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1. Renewal news is awesome
2. Bobby Cannavale's Emmy win was not surprising
3. Jeffrey Wright's Dr. Valentin Narcisse is a great character already. Yes I can foresee an Emmy win.
4. Game of Thrones introduces more characters with each season. No one complains about that. Maybe because most people know the about the characters through the books, but Boardwalk Empire has always done a great job with every new character, why the lack of faith?
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Re: #2 YEAH HUH. AARON PAUL FOREVER.
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great news! I'm really confounded by the writing staff here though. this being a perfect instance. no the show shouldn't go nucky free; unless the writers think it should. "...the show can be a tough watch at the beginning of any given season..." I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that most people (you included) probably just don't have the attention span to thoroughly enjoy the show. while cory pointed out that the show has always managed successful seasons as a whole that didn't keep him from bemoaning the show while apparently *trudging* through.
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The show is notoriously slow moving when you compare it to the other dramas that are on TV on Sundays, like Breaking Bad and Homeland. That doesn't mean it's bad or that I don't enjoy the show. But every season starts off slowly and then builds momentum as the season progresses.
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The show is slow by today's standards but it does have good gun fight and fist fight action scenes in parts much like Godfather movies.
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homeland charges ahead to it's own detriment at times. I can't think of any scenes in boardwalk empire that mirrored that of the whole bomb maker being escorted by brody fiasco...
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