Boardwalk Empire recap: 'Devil You Know'

October 13, 2014 2:00 AM

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Last week's episode, "King of Norway," may have been the best of the season, but tonight's "Devil You Know" was the most pivotal. At the expense of two of Boardwalk Empire's most complex characters (and talented actors), the show now heads into its final two episodes with Nucky Thompson front and center. Thing is, it's hard to get all riled up for Nucky's upcoming war with Charlie Luciano and Meyer Lansky—because we've seen it before, at the end of almost every season. In season 2 it was between Nucky and his former protégé Jimmy Darmody. Season 3 was Nucky vs. Gyp Rosetti, and season 4 pitted Nucky against his own brother, Eli. And also because history has proved both Luciano and Lansky emerge from Prohibition alive, the likelihood that Nucky Thompson will suffer the same fate as fellow cable-TV antihero Walter White is pretty high at this point.

It appears that Executive Producer Howard Korder, who wrote "Devil You Know," is well aware of the audience's gangster-war fatigue, though. Which is why as added insurance, he craftily connected the 19th-century flashbacks to Nucky's anticipated downward spiral this week. We may not care that Nucky ...

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