HBO's popular hit series Boardwalk Empire is coming to an end. The upcoming fifth season will be its last. The show's creator Terence Winter said, "We're thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire. After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we've decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion."
The show takes place in 1920s and 30s Atlantic City, NJ. It features Steve Buscemi as power-hungry millionaire Nucky Thompson. The drama examines the corruption of power and politics during the prohibition era when many politicians were just as crooked as mobsters.
The show is not ending because of a lack of popularity or ratings. Although the period drama never reached the heights of The Sopranos or the critical acclaim of The Wire, it has been a steady earner for HBO and currently ranks third in the ratings to Game of Thrones and True Blood. The show has won a total of five Emmy Awards.
There are plenty of loose ends for season five to tie-up. Nucky's brother Eli, who ratted him out to the Feds, has been sent to Chicago where he'll meet up with the likes of Al Capone. Gillian is in prison and suffering from a nervous breakdown. Chalky will certainly look to avenge the death of his daughter. What's to become of the evil Dr. Narcisse? How far will J. Edgar Hoover go in his war on the mob?
Winter and company will have to complete their series arc in just 12 episodes. The final season will air this fall.
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