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Boardwalk Empire is making a depressing time jump for it's final season

Jun. 17, 2014by:

Despite ups and downs in popularity, BOARDWALK EMPIRE remains a significant program for HBO and one with a dedicated fan base. While many were saddened by the announcement that the show would be ending with the upcoming fifth season. With each season roughly covering a year of the Prohibition era of American history, it would seem that the fifth season would follow last year's 1924 set season, leaving quite a bit of history untouched.

According to BOARDWALK EMPIRE star Michael K. Williams in an interview with Den of Geek, showrunner Terence Winter is taking a different approach to wrap up the plot threads in Nucky Thompson's Atlantic City: the final season will jump ahead seven years and be set in 1931.

"The Depression has set in. The days of the shiny shoes and fancy suits are long gone." Yep, it looks like the new season will be set in 1931, and Williams's character Chalky is just as down and out as everyone else. "It ended very badly for Chalky last year. His family life is no more, and he is desperately seeking [Jeffrey Wright's] Dr. Narcisse to settle old scores,"

As much indifference as I have begun to feel about the characters on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, I have been intrigued to see where the endgame of the series would be. With real life characters like Al Capone and Arnold Rothstein a part of the series fabric, jumping ahead seven years almost feels like a cheat. But, what else are you going to do with so many years left to reconcile and only 13 episodes to do it?

BOARDWALK EMPIRE's final season premieres this Fall on HBO.

Source: Den of Geek

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11:28PM on 06/17/2014
Damn this is some shit! I honestly really wished they could have a few more seasons (maybe 2 or 3) to fully flesh out the story. I love Empire. One of my favorites of all time. Superb all around, acting and writing. Too bad, it is truly a shame and indeed a loss.
Damn this is some shit! I honestly really wished they could have a few more seasons (maybe 2 or 3) to fully flesh out the story. I love Empire. One of my favorites of all time. Superb all around, acting and writing. Too bad, it is truly a shame and indeed a loss.
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11:18PM on 06/17/2014
I don't understand why HBO is cutting the episode count from 13 to 8 in the last season of one of their most popular shows. I feel like this and True Blood are getting the shaft when it comes to storytelling within their last respected seasons.
I don't understand why HBO is cutting the episode count from 13 to 8 in the last season of one of their most popular shows. I feel like this and True Blood are getting the shaft when it comes to storytelling within their last respected seasons.
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11:27PM on 06/17/2014
On the real. Game Of Thrones is really popular and using up a lot of money, so they have to make cuts somewhere.
On the real. Game Of Thrones is really popular and using up a lot of money, so they have to make cuts somewhere.
9:53AM on 06/18/2014
Really? That's some bullshit.
Really? That's some bullshit.
7:54PM on 06/17/2014

Still found the first two seasons with Jimmy better than the rest.

Yea it's only 8 episodes, and this is complete bullshit. It's a shame Terry can't end it the way he wants.
Yea it's only 8 episodes, and this is complete bullshit. It's a shame Terry can't end it the way he wants.
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7:24PM on 06/17/2014
They are only doing 8 episodes not 13
They are only doing 8 episodes not 13
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7:23PM on 06/17/2014
I do feel they might be rushing the story a bit, but I can still see it working. If they take 3 episodes to do a catch-up from the late 20's, they still have 10 episodes to focus on the finale. As long as it's good, I'll be happy. This is still one of my favorite shows on tv now.
I do feel they might be rushing the story a bit, but I can still see it working. If they take 3 episodes to do a catch-up from the late 20's, they still have 10 episodes to focus on the finale. As long as it's good, I'll be happy. This is still one of my favorite shows on tv now.
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5:20PM on 06/17/2014

Big Disappointment to hear this....

I know that Terence Winter said that he wanted to end the series with Prohibition repealed, which happened in the early 30s. But 7 years gone? that's a major block of story. Now, I know that 13 eps wouldn't be enough to do justice to the history in that time period, but two episodes each on 1925-26, 26-27,27-28 28-29, 29-30 , with 1931 as the finale . Given 2 hours each year, you could do a ' Coles notes' version and get the story told. When we left off last year, the decks had been cleared
I know that Terence Winter said that he wanted to end the series with Prohibition repealed, which happened in the early 30s. But 7 years gone? that's a major block of story. Now, I know that 13 eps wouldn't be enough to do justice to the history in that time period, but two episodes each on 1925-26, 26-27,27-28 28-29, 29-30 , with 1931 as the finale . Given 2 hours each year, you could do a ' Coles notes' version and get the story told. When we left off last year, the decks had been cleared somewhat, and we were getting to the meat of the history of that time period. No matter what, I'll watch and see what they bring us. This show has been too damn good and consistent to go out on a whimper.
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5:13PM on 06/17/2014
well Arnold Rothstein was dead for 3 years at the point theyre picking up from (abandoning a plot line established last season) and I heard theyre cutting the number of episodes
well Arnold Rothstein was dead for 3 years at the point theyre picking up from (abandoning a plot line established last season) and I heard theyre cutting the number of episodes
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4:42PM on 06/17/2014
Bullshit! I was hoping to see certain key historical events and deaths. Also do they really think it wise to have a huge time jump during their final season? I feel like too much time will be spent filling in the backstory and not enough time spent on telling the very last story they have to tell, and delivering a satisfying resolution. Bah! Since this is Boardwalk, I have faith, but it's still disappointing news.
Bullshit! I was hoping to see certain key historical events and deaths. Also do they really think it wise to have a huge time jump during their final season? I feel like too much time will be spent filling in the backstory and not enough time spent on telling the very last story they have to tell, and delivering a satisfying resolution. Bah! Since this is Boardwalk, I have faith, but it's still disappointing news.
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4:35PM on 06/17/2014

Time jumps are not always bad

I find some shows really milk storylines past the due date, having the ability to time jump allows the story to progress and in historical dramas allows viewers to get some closure.
I find some shows really milk storylines past the due date, having the ability to time jump allows the story to progress and in historical dramas allows viewers to get some closure.
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