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article imageSeason four of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' premieres September 8 Special

By Mindy Peterman     Sep 4, 2013 in Entertainment
Gangsters, prohibition, prostitution and guns are still very much in evidence on the new season of Boardwalk Empire. But there are changes ahead, with new faces adding to the intrigue, and new challenges for Nucky Thompson.
As premium channel shows go, Boardwalk Empire has always taken advantage of the freedom HBO offers. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of violence and sex but due to the good sense of the show's talented writers, little of it is gratuitous. The story lays its foundation in the 1920s, an era of prohibition and organized crime with mobsters like Al Capone putting fear in the hearts of anyone who dared to cross them.
Then there is Nucky Thompson (played brilliantly by Steve Buscemi), the treasurer of Atlantic County, New Jersey, who is as corrupt as he is charismatic. He is as much a gangster as Capone and Meyer Lansky, but does his dirty dealings with more aplomb and dignity than either of them. For three seasons he has illustrated he is a man of many faces: the savvy political boss, the loving husband, the whoremonger, the face of charity, the murderous gangster. Thompson is a compelling character in an equally as compelling show, which is now heading into its fourth season.
Season three ended with a gang war bloodbath and with Thompson attempting to reconcile with Margaret, his wife, who was, for all intents and purposes, done with him. Season four opens with Thompson laying low, regaining his strengths and planning his next moves.
According to the HBO press release, we’re promised new challenges for the politico/gangster this season: “a clash with the mayor, a battle with his brother Eli over Eli’s college-aged son, and the irresistible lure of lucrative-and perilous opportunities in Florida.”
Among the new faces we can look forward to seeing this season are Jeffrey Wright as Valentin Narcisse, a violent Harlem power broker, Ron Livingston as Roy Phillips, a business and romantic prospect of Gillian’s (Gretchen Mol), Partricia Arquette as Sally Wheet, a Florida speakeasy owner, Brian Geraghty as Federal Agent Warren Knox, and Domenick Lombardozzi and Morgan Spector as Al Capone’s brothers, Ralph and Frank.
Season four of Boardwalk Empire premieres Sunday, September 8 on HBO.
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