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Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (2014)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

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.

Episodes

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.

Genre: Drama
Network: HBO
Premiere Date: Sep 7, 2014
Created By:
Produced By: , , , , , , , ,

Cast

Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thomps...
Shea Whigham
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Michael Stuhlbarg
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Arnold Rothstein
Vincent Piazza
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Stephen Graham
Stephen Graham
as Al Capone
Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
as Nelson Van Alden
Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Michael K. Williams
Michael K. Williams
as Chalky White
Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
as Valentin Narcisse
Gretchen Mol
Gretchen Mol
as Gillian
Anthony Laciura
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Jack Huston
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Anatol Yusef
Anatol Yusef
as Meyer Lansky
Ben Rosenfield
Ben Rosenfield
as Willie Thompson
Nisi Sturgis
Nisi Sturgis
as June Thompson
Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
as Sally Wheet
Charlie Cox
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Scott Francis Moreau
Scott Francis Moreau
as Young Jim Neary
Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
John Ellison Conlee
John Ellison Conlee
as Louis "The Commodore...
Ivo Nandi
Ivo Nandi
as Joe Masseria
Ryan Dinning
Ryan Dinning
as Young Eli
Paul Sparks
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Marc Pickering
Marc Pickering
as Young Nucky
Boris McGiver
Boris McGiver
as Sheriff ...
Burke Moses
Burke Moses
as Daniel Jeffries
Michael Zegen
Michael Zegen
as Benjamin "Bugsy" Sie...
Giampiero Judica
Giampiero Judica
as Salvatore Maranzano
Patch Darragh
Patch Darragh
as Bennett ...
Matt Letscher
Matt Letscher
as Joseph Kennedy
Nolan Lyons
Nolan Lyons
as Young Nucky
Ethan Herschenfeld
Ethan Herschenfeld
as Pinky Rabinowitz
Oakes Fegley
Oakes Fegley
as Young Eli
Louis Cancelmi
Louis Cancelmi
as Mike D'Angelo
Jim True-Frost
Jim True-Frost
as Eliot Ness
Michael Countryman
Michael Countryman
as Frank Wilson
Shae D'Lyn
Shae D'Lyn
as Carolyn Rothstein
Ian Hart
Ian Hart
as Ethan Thompson
Michael Siberry
Michael Siberry
as Sen. Wendell Lloyd ...
Margot Bingham
Margot Bingham
as Daughter Maitland
Matt Bailey
Matt Bailey
as George Raft
Greg Antonacci
Greg Antonacci
as Johnny Torrio
Erin Dilly
Erin Dilly
as Eleanor Thompson
Warner Miller
Warner Miller
as Buck ...
Max Von Essen
Max Von Essen
as Paul Muni
Danny McCarthy
Danny McCarthy
as Pat Halligan
Madeleine Rose Yen
Madeleine Rose Yen
as Young Gillian
Paul Calderon
Paul Calderon
as Arquimedes
Joe Caniano
Joe Caniano
as Jake Guzik
John C. Vennema
John C. Vennema
as Lawrence Conors
Chris Caldovino
Chris Caldovino
as Tonino Sandrelli
Maya Kazan
Maya Kazan
as Mabel Jeffries
Joyce Van Patten
Joyce Van Patten
as Mae Zeller
Reg Rogers
Reg Rogers
as Robert Hodge
Lee Godart
Lee Godart
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
TheWrap
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

½

A return to the promise and potential of its early season, the final season of Boardwalk Empire is a redemptive one. Mired in muddled storytelling and a loss of focus in its fourth season, the final season is more succinct, poignant, powerful, and simply compelling. The series ends major character arcs without pretense or fanfare, but in cold, brutal, and sudden fashion--a hallmark of the setting and real-life personalities the show embodies. An especially effective finale cements the show as a mature and uniquely conceived effort, despite some missteps on the way.

4.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

½

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

Super Reviewer

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