Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter and HBO have announced that the show will conclude this year with its upcoming fifth season.

“After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion,” said Terence Winter  in a statement.

I did think they would hang in for another season, but I am sure Boardwalk Empire will go out in style. So what’s in store? Terence Winter spoke to TVLine about the Season Four finale and what we might expect from Season Five.

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When questioned about Richard’s rather shocking death in the Season Four finale, Winter answered “We felt like we took his storyline as far as we could. By the end of the last season, he essentially felt unworthy, having picked up the guns again after getting away from that life and then going into a downward spiral; he basically felt that that was all he was good for…there had to be some conclusion to his story. The events of this year really brought him full circle as a man. He ultimately got what he always dreamed of, a family and a life and somebody who loved him, but [it ended in] a very tragic, unexpected way… I really felt like this was the right ending for this character at the right time.”

Richard's dream sequence in the Season Four finale Farewell Daddy Blues

Richard’s dream sequence in the Season Four finale Farewell Daddy Blues

Gillian, as we saw, has finally gotten her just punishment for the murder of Roger, yet it is difficult to not feel sympathetic towards a woman who had her childhood snatched from her. Terence commented “Gillian has done some horrible things. I wanted to paint a more complete picture of who she was, and remind people that this is not somebody who was just born evil. She’s had a horrible life herself and is an extremely complicated, sad person.” When asked if this was the end of her story, he said “No. She’s a terrific character and Gretchen is a joy to work with. We will certainly see more of her in Season Five.”

On Eli and Nucki’s relationship Terence said “They will continue to have a relationship and they have things in common in their extended family. And they certainly have business interests in common. They will continue to be in each other’s worlds. How [what transpired in the finale] affects them emotionally and what the real feelings are remains to be seen.”

I rather missed Margaret last season, who did not appear until the sixth episode. Terence said we will be “probably” seeing more of her in Season Five, adding “Margaret is one of the people who came out of the season with a fairly happy ending, or at least the best version of that that we do on Boardwalk Empire.”


Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) and Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright)

Unlike last season’s finale, the villian didn’t get his comeuppance. Terence confirmed “We will see Narcisse back next season. That storyline has not concluded”. On Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) and Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) he said “Working with Jeffrey Wright has been a dream of mine for so many years. He’s an amazing actor and a terrific guy. And then adding Michael to the equation…putting those guys opposite each other was like putting two electric wires together and watching the sparks fly. It was just magic.

Read the full interview here.


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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.