Devil You Know



Critic Consensus: Despite a shortened season, Boardwalk Empire successfully builds enough back-story and tension to gut the audience with a surprising turn of events.

Episode Info

Chalky runs into Narcisse in Harlem with a plan to set Daughter free. Meanwhile, Nucky mingles with a different crowd when he tries to drown his sorrows in alcohol; and in Chicago, the Feds tap Eli and Nelson to help them neutralize the Capone empire. Also: A young Nucky complains to Mabel about his endorsement of Jim Neary, and teams up with Eli to catch a thief in 1897.


Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Michael Shannon
as Nelson Van Alden
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Stephen Graham
as Al Capone
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Jeffrey Wright
as Valentin Narcisse
Scott Francis Moreau
as Young Jim Neary
Ryan Dinning
as Young Eli
Marc Pickering
as Young Nucky
John Ellison Conlee
as Louis "The Commodore" Kaestner
Paul Calderon
as Arquimedes
Louis Cancelmi
as Mike D'Angelo
Joe Caniano
as Jake Guzik
Travis Tope
as Joe Harper
Matt Bailey
as George Raft
Margot Bingham
as Daughter Maitland
Matt Bailey
as George Raft
Max Von Essen
as Paul Muni
Madeleine Rose Yen
as Young Gillian
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Critic Reviews for Devil You Know

The ranks continue to thin. Soon, we'll barely have enough people for a rigged poker game.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Okay, I take it all back, all the doubts I had that Boardwalk Empire was going to be able to pull off something epic in this, it's final, shortened season.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Written by the uber-prolific Howard Korder and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, "The Devil You Know" will be an Empire episode for the ages.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

It was supposed to hurt and it did. "Good Pain" TV at its best.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

if "Devil You Know" -- instantly one of a handful of the very best episodes this show has ever made -- is any indication, the conclusion to this season, and series, will be even more powerful than what's come before.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Narcisse walked away with his life, but Chalky had his final say before we said goodbye to one of the most beloved characters in this show's epic run.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

We're only now beginning to see Boardwalk Empire's willingness to burn itself to the ground.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Michael K. Williams has always been a master at boiling Chalky alive in his own emotions... he never boils over; he simply burns hotter and hotter. In facing his imminent death, Chalky finally allows himself the luxury of turning off the heat.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Chalky's sacrifice was the most profound and poetic, fitting for such a profound, poetic character. Chalky may have been an inner-city kingpin, but he also had the soul of a romantic poet.

Jan 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Two major characters fall victim to mob violence as HBO's Boardwalk Empire nears the conclusion of its fifth and final season.

Jan 2, 2015 | Full Review…