Boardwalk Empire Creator Terrence Winter Promises No “Ambiguous” Ending for Nucky

Boardwalk Season 5

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire begins its  final eight-episode season this Sunday, Sept. 7, and as someone who has seen the first three episodes of season five, I can promise that, even with the seven year time jump to 1931,  the show still feels very much like Boardwalk Empire, with the series is still moving at its intentionally tepid pace, staging characters and events for the big crescendo that always occurs at the end of a Boardwalk season.

However, with this being the show’s last year, I can understand fans (myself included) being worried that the series may not be able to pull off a satisfying conclusion for us, that it would leave too many threads dangling or just not have enough time to give closure to all the characters. Well, according to Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter, who just spoke with HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall in a great new interview that was published today, the ending to the series will not be “ambiguous,” at least not for its main character, Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi).

“It didn’t influence me at all,” Winter said when Sepinwall asked him if The Sopranos‘ ending (Winter was a writer for the show) had impacted his decision on how to end Boardwalk Empire. “It never would have been my intention to do the same thing anyway. I never thought, ‘Oh, let’s do this or not do that.’ I just took Nucky’s story to the place where I thought it should naturally end up. As it turns out, it’s not ambiguous; it’s pretty much there for you to see.”

So there you have it, Boardwalk Empire fans, according to Winter, the series will not end by cutting to black on Nucky sitting in an Atlantic City restaurant with Margaret and their kids, listening to  a classic song from the 1920s. I have a feeling that Nucky’s ending will be much clearer and much bloodier than that.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (
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