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How will 'Boardwalk Empire' bring Nucky's story to a close?
"Boardwalk Empire" found the end of Nucky's story by going back to the beginning, with flashbacks to his childhood as an errand boy to the Commodore, then as the young adult (played incredibly by Marc Pickering) who would deliver young Gillian to him to be raped. The past became present as the finale beautifully intercut young Nucky's original sin with his final moments — shot at the hands of Gillian's grandson (and Jimmy's son) Tommy — as the character who had often felt like the boring center of an otherwise exciting show truly came into his own in these closing hours. (And the send-offs for supporting players like Chalky, Van Alden, Capone and Margaret were pretty terrific, too.)
- Alan Sepinwall