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Boardwalk Empire‘s Final Season To Take Place Seven Years Later

Submitted by on June 17, 2014 – 12:06 pmNo Comment

When Boardwalk Empire returns to HBO for its fifth and final season, everything will be different.

Rather than picking up where the fourth season left off, the show will make a leap seven years into the future and be staged during The Great Depression. Michael K. Williams (Chalky White) confirmed this to Den of Geek during a recent press day for the upcoming sequel to The Purge.

“The storyline has jumped seven years,” he said, “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.”

Where this leaves bitter rivalries like Chalky White vs. Dr. Narcisse is unknown, but the time jump could refresh the show as it marches toward its conclusion. It also will have a significant impact on Steve Buscemi‘s character Enoch Thompson.

The news certainly makes sense given the series has been about the utopia for organized crime that Prohibition created in Atlantic City, as well as across the country. And since Season 4 took place in 1924, the seven-year jump takes us into the heart of the Great Depression in the U.S., which is one year away from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s election (doom and gloom for a Republican like Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson), and two years away from the eradication of anti-liquor law. It also should be noted that it is two years removed from the beginning of the decade-long fall for Enoch Johnson, the real-life inspiration for Nucky. Albeit, Nucky Johnson did not see the inside of a prison cell until 1941. Of course, Boardwalk Empire can more than easily play fast and loose with its fictional avatar for the historical figure.

Boardwalk Empire‘s final season begins this Fall.

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