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Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (2014)



Critic Consensus: The final season of Boardwalk Empire is as visually dazzling and well-acted as ever, but it's the emphasis on Nucky Thompson's history that's particularly rewarding this time out.


Air date: Sep 7, 2014
Air date: Sep 14, 2014
Air date: Sep 21, 2014
Air date: Sep 28, 2014
Air date: Oct 5, 2014
Air date: Oct 12, 2014
Air date: Oct 19, 2014
Air date: Oct 26, 2014

Season Info

Series 5 begins with Nucky in Cuba trying to expand his business before the Volstead act is lifted. However, after an attempt on his life he returns to New York to find out who tried to kill him. Later, Chalky returns looking for information on Narcisse in an effort to set Daughter free.


as Enoch 'Nucky' Thomps...

as Elias Thompson

as Arnold Rothstein

as Lucky Luciano

as Al Capone

as Nelson Van Alden

as Margaret Schroeder

as Chalky White

as Valentin Narcisse

as Gillian

as Eddie Kessler

as Richard Harrow

as Meyer Lansky

as Willie Thompson

as June Thompson

as Sally Wheet

as Owen Sleater

as Young Jim Neary

as Gyp Rosetti

as Louis "The Commodore...

as Joe Masseria

as Young Eli

as Mickey Doyle

as Young Nucky

as Sheriff ...

as Daniel Jeffries

as Benjamin "Bugsy" Sie...

as Salvatore Maranzano

as Bennett ...

as Young Nucky

as Joseph Kennedy

as Pinky Rabinowitz

as Young Eli

as Mike D'Angelo

as Frank Wilson

as Eliot Ness

as Carolyn Rothstein

as Ethan Thompson

as Sen. Wendell Lloyd ...

as Daughter Maitland

as George Raft

as Johnny Torrio

as Eleanor Thompson

as Buck ...

as Paul Muni

as Pat Halligan

as Young Gillian

as Arquimedes

as Jake Guzik

as Lawrence Conors

as Tonino Sandrelli

as Mabel Jeffries

as Mae Zeller

as Robert Hodge

as Maxim Ronis ...
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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 5

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9)

It's been a great ride, even with the misfires of Seasons 4 and 5.

Full Review… | January 17, 2015
Movie Chambers

Welcome back to Boardwalk Empire, which begins its fifth series with the sort of audacity that usually comes near the end of one of its slow-build seasons.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

Every minute spent in Cuba drags the pacing to a crawl, even by this show's pacing standards.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
The Young Folks

Boardwalk Empire is ruthlessly, irredeemably brilliant.

Full Review… | September 10, 2014
Top Critic

Overall, the season premiere did a great job at piquing my interest about what lies ahead. I'm looking forward to heading over to Chicago and seeing what's new for the Capone family.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
TV Equals

What makes this final season of Boardwalk Empire even more intriguing is the way its writers have chosen to fill in the missing pieces of Nucky's story.

Full Review… | September 9, 2014
Winnipeg Free Press

Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 5


Boardwalk Empire ended on a high note with its last season. This was a heavier, more devastating season than all the ones before. It has a funeral-like feeling from beginning to end and that is appropriate. The reaper (and the tax man) have come to collect their due to these reprehensible bunch of characters, but everything is so well-handled you end up feeling sorry for most of them.

Thematically, this season was very rich, with each episode having something to do with the little micro-story at hand, culminating in the fantastic finale that had so much to say, so many details, coming full-circle in all aspects. A lot of throwbacks to the beginning, always staying true to their characters, motivations and past mistakes. Nucky never really changed despite trying so hard on the last couple of seasons. Money was still the only way he had to deal with problems. And money brought the downfall to his empire.

There were also a lot of references to the future that was about to come to most characters. Ironically, most of them won't get to experience it. How great is that? It's a series that is very relevant on this aspect for we know we're coming to the end of an era and the start of a new one. And much like young Nucky, we don't know where it's going but our choices will be detrimental.

To The Lost.

Francisco  G.
Francisco Godinho

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