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The third season of the Martin Scorsese and HBO gangster series, “Boardwalk Empire,” has finally begun and one thing is for certain - this season no one is messing around. In the first episode, ‘Boardwalk’ has already set the death toll to three with more blood than season one and two combined. Season three begins a year and a half after the murder of Jimmy that was set up by “The Butcher” and Nucky Thompson.
As for the man on the other end of the bullet, Thompson has dodged the judicial bullet and his guilt as he carries on with his political persona that has completely covered up the true troubles that lie ahead for him this season. Nucky has always been an understanding guy with a soft spot, but as the headline of the season reads, “you can’t be half gangster,” and that is exactly what Nucky is doing. With his out of no-where affair with the replacement “Lucy”, Lillian, and his new “no forgiveness” policy, it seems someone is finally tired of being the fall guy.
The one person Nucky should be whacking is the one he probably never will. At the end of season two, Margaret signed the property for the highway over to the hospital believing it would redeem her criminal sins and cure her daughter of polio. The reason Nucky hasn’t killed her yet has to be because of her children, because I can’t think of any other reason to keep her around.
Some new real life mobsters join the cast this season such as the brutal and blunt mouthed Gyp Rosetti played by Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace). From the very beginning scene it’s clear that Rosetti is a hot-tempered Italian who ends up making Thompson and Rothstein his new targets after their “business” deal at the end of the episode. In real life, Rosetti also bumped heads with Capone and Torio (the boys in Chicago) so I am certain he is going to have every gangster on his radar this season. Rosetti had no boundaries back in his day and didn’t care who he pissed off or put cement shoes on. He is sure to send this season into a bloody battle with the mobsters of New York City, Chicago and Atlantic City.
On a non-mobster note, it seems Jimmy’s mental mother has attempted to brainwash his orphaned son into forgetting he and his wife ever existed. Richard aka the Tin Man doesn’t seem to agree with her new parenting skills. He spends a majority of his time with Jimmy’s son, taking him under his wing while his new mother, as she has him call her now, runs a brothel in their home. Great environment to raise a kid if you ask me. Even though the season began with no one lingering or even mentioning Jimmy’s death, in the end of the episode Richard proves that he isn’t going to take his friend’s betrayal lying down as he blows “The Butcher’s” face off with a shotgun. I believe this usually quiet sniper is going to be in the light more this season instead of just in the background. I think seeking revenge for Jimmy is only the start of this character’s plan for the season.
With the bang of a first episode, it seems this season is going to be extremely epic and full of “whacks” and “hits.” For those who said ‘Boardwalk’ was hard to get into or didn’t have enough kills, tune in this season and I am sure you will be shocked to see how serious things are going to get. I believe this season is going to be focused more on the mobsters/gangsters and I don’t think Scorsese is going to sugar coat a single thing. “Boardwalk Empire” airs Sunday at 9:00 P.M. on HBO. Watch full episodes on HBO.com.