Last night’s Boardwalk Empire season four finale ended well enough, doling out justice, laying groundwork for potentially excellent new alliances and deadly new vendettas, all under the sweet voice of Daughter Maitland (seriously, if they don’t release a full album of the songs Margot Bingham performed this season, I’ll be severely disappointed).
But, then, another ending. Quiet. Fade out. A home. Fade out. A happy, loving welcome. A happy ending. Fade out. With this tensely dreamlike series of moments, we lost not only the best character on Boardwalk Empire, but one of the best currently on television.
It was inevitable, really. A tragic character through and through, his fate was sealed the moment he found real happiness. And, after his accidental slaying of Maybelle White, it was clear there would be no going home for Richard Harrow. But even so, it took me by the throat and left me shocked and still.
Goodnight, sweet prince. Our beautiful half-faced weirdo was whole again.
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