'Boardwalk Empire' finale: And the carnation falls
December 3rd, 2012
01:44 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire' finale: And the carnation falls

The Season 3 finale of “Boardwalk Empire” was good - not great. Like Al Capone said last week, let’s get to talking about who died:

The episode kicked off with a bang, and a lot of bodies, as the war between Nucky Thompson and Gyp Rossetti was in full swing. Mayor Bader meanwhile was trying to sell folks on the idea that “Nucky Thompson doesn’t run this city - I do.” Yeah, OK Mayor. Thanks for playing.

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Why we're still watching 'Boardwalk Empire'
November 30th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

Why we're still watching 'Boardwalk Empire'

If you watched the Season 2 finale of “Boardwalk Empire" in December 2011, you were likely shocked that they killed off James "Jimmy" Darmody - and that actor Michael Pitt would have to find a new gig.

You might have cursed at your screen, and lost faith in the HBO drama altogether. If you're like me, you might have even vowed never to tune in again. So much for that.

What a difference a year, new characters and some awesome storylines can make. Sunday’s Season 3 finale promises to be one of the most exciting yet, and we have to tip our hats to the "Boardwalk" team and HBO for keeping us hooked despite our early skepticism. How did they do it? Here are the moments, characters and stories that kept us watching:

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'Boardwalk Empire': War games
November 26th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': War games

[Editor's Note: The following post contains spoilers for the November 25 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]

After Sunday's “Two Imposters," there's just one episode still to go in "Boardwalk's" third season. Compared to last week’s show, which saw the demise of Owen Sleater, this precursor to the finale played as the perfect table setter.

With the exception of Van Alden, pretty much all of our favorite characters (I’m looking at you, Chalky White) made their presence felt, which got me amped for next week.

But let's start with Mr. Nucky Thompson, who got all of a few hours to marinate over Margaret’s affair with Owen before he got a visit at The Ritz from Gyp Rossetti/Joe Masseria’s men.

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'Boardwalk Empire': Don't open that box!
November 19th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': Don't open that box!

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 18 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]

Sunday's “A Man, A Plan…” kept up with the “Goosebumps”-inspired storytelling we've seen this season, which is keen on giving a little bit here and there before hitting the audience square in the mouth in the last few minutes.

And the last few minutes of this episode might have been the most explosive we’ve seen this entire season. But before we get to the shocking finale, let’s talk about what led us to that point.

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'Boardwalk Empire': Dazed and confused
November 12th, 2012
02:57 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': Dazed and confused

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 11 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]

We have three episodes left in this season, and if Sunday's “The Milkmaid’s Lot” is any indication, it looks like Nucky Thompson will be headed into battle alone.

I blame Billie Kent.

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'Boardwalk Empire': Gillian’s dark twisted fantasy
November 5th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': Gillian’s dark twisted fantasy

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 4 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]

I’ll go ahead and say that I won’t miss Billie Kent, but her loss and what led to it will have huge implications for our surviving cast.

Before we get to the explosive conclusion for Sunday's “Pony,” we have to start with Mama Jimmy, who pretty much set everything in motion.

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