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Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Jumps in Time

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season-5-depressionIf you haven’t already heard the news: season 5 will be Boardwalk Empire’s finale season. It’s sad to leave people and places that you’ve come to love and expect to visit each fall but as we know: all good things come to an end, eventually.

The latest on the upcoming season comes from long-time HBO actor Michael K. Williams aka Chalky White. At a press event for his upcoming film The Purge: Anarchy Michael was inevitably asked about Boardwalk Empire.  David Crow from Den of Geek gets the hat tip for receiving this answer from MKW in reply to his query:

“The storyline has jumped seven years [into the future], which is why I have the beard now.  The Depression has set in. The days of the shiny shoes and fancy suits are long gone.”

No glitz? No glamour? What about the dancing girls and the fun music, can we at least have that?! I guess the party’s over on the Boardwalk starting this fall but will that still be the Boardwalk Empire we know and love or will it be something darker?

If we’re to take his reply literally (he basically put a date on it!) that would mean the show opens in 1930 or later putting it well into the future (6+ years from season 4’s 1924 setting). This isn’t anything new as season 3 jumped in time a bit as well.

What do you think of the time shift? Will it help give us all some closure to see older, more settled characters on screen? We’ll leave you with Micheal’s tease for where Chalky will end up in Boardwalk Empire season 5:

“It ended very badly for Chalky last year. His family life is no more, and he is desperately seeking Dr. Narcisse to settle old scores.”

The show premieres sometime this fall but when we have an exact premiere date for BWE season 5 to report on, you’ll have it.

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7 comments

jayne June 28, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Unfortunately, I was certain this to happen. To much time passes between seasons, and viewers get lost, and who wants to play catch-up when you’ve got all the others on dvr you cannot even get to. What a Shame!!! One of the most intelligent and informative shows on television with actors that are superb! Shame on you HBO for not getting it right! You gave us the Best, then you took
it away before we could really snuggle in! Bad HBO!!!!

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Bhammer100 June 22, 2014 - 12:41 pm

7 years? Interesting.

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DRA June 17, 2014 - 10:23 am

This would be great if it was the six season. We are missing so much by jumping this far a head in time(Rothstein’s death, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and the Atlantic City Conference).

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VL Vanderveer June 17, 2014 - 1:14 am

That means no Arnold Rothstein, who died in 1928. I WATCH THIS SHOW FOR MICHAEL STUHLBARG AND THE NEW YORK GANGS, AND NOW YOU’RE TAKING THIS AWAY FROM ME? WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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rikkisixx June 17, 2014 - 11:32 am

UGH EXACTLY I AM UPSET. FIRST HARROW NOW THIS WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO MY FAVES

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