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Season 5
Boardwalk Empire Season 5
No. of episodes 8
Original run September 7, 2014 - October 26, 2014
DVD release TBA
Season chronology
Season 4

Season 5 of Boardwalk Empire was announced on September 26, 2013.[1] It is the final season of the series and consists of eight episodes. It premiered on September 7, 2014 and ended in October 26, 2014.

Season 5 takes place in 1931, seven years after the end of Season 4.



  1. Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson
  2. Kelly MacDonald as Margaret Thompson
  3. Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden
  4. Shea Whigham as Elias "Eli" Thompson
  5. Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  6. Vincent Piazza as Salvatore Charlie "Lucky" Luciano
  7. Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White
  8. Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle
  9. Jeffrey Wright as Valentin Narcisse
  10. Ben Rosenfield as Willie Thompson
  11. and Gretchen Mol as Gillian Darmody

Guest starring[]

  1. John Ellison Conlee as Commodore Louis Kaestner, 1884/1897 (8 episodes)
  2. Boris McGiver as Sheriff Peter Lindsay, 1884/1897 (6 episodes)
  3. Paul Calderon as Arquimedes (6 episodes)
  4. Travis Tope as Tommy Darmody (6 episodes)
  5. Louis Cancelmi as Mike D'Angelo (6 episodes)
  6. Anatol Yusef as Meyer Lansky (5 episodes)
  7. Domenick Lombardozzi as Ralph Capone (5 episodes)
  8. Michael Zegen as Bugsy Siegel (5 episodes)
  9. Nolan Lyons as Enoch Thompson, 1884 (5 episodes)
  10. Michael Countryman as Frank Wilson (5 episodes)
  11. Ian Hart as Ethan Thompson, 1884/1897 (4 episodes)
  12. Giampiero Judica as Salvatore Maranzano (4 episodes)
  13. Marc Pickering as Enoch Thompson, 1897 (4 episodes)
  14. Matt Letscher as Joseph Kennedy (4 episodes)
  15. Erin Dilly as Elenore Thompson, 1884/1897 (4 episodes)
  16. John C. Vennema as Lawrence Conors (4 episodes)
  17. Maya Kazan as Mabel Thompson, 1897 (4 episodes)
  18. Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio (3 episodes)
  19. Patricia Arquette as Sally Wheet (3 episodes)
  20. Oakes Fegley as Elias Thompson, 1884 (3 episodes)
  21. Christiane Seidel as Sigrid Mueller (2 episodes)
  22. Chris Caldovino as Tonino Sandrelli (2 episodes)
  23. Danny McCarthy as Pat Halligan, 1884/1897 (2 episodes)
  24. Shae D'Lyn as Carolyn Rothstein (2 episodes)
  25. Margot Bingham as Daughter Maitland (2 episodes)
  26. Reg Rogers as US Attorney Robert Hodge (2 episodes)
  27. Paul Fitzgerald as Charles Gabler (2 episodes)
  28. Richard Bekins as Theodore Rollins (2 episodes)
  29. Ivo Nandi as Joe Masseria ("Golden Days for Boys and Girls")
  30. Patch Darragh as Mr Bennett ("Golden Days for Boys and Girls")
  31. Jim True-Frost as Eliot Ness ("The Good Listener")
  32. Mary Bacon as Marie ("What Jesus Said")
  33. Olivia Nikkanen as Fern ("What Jesus Said")
  34. Edward Carnevale as Cenzo ("Cuanto")
  35. Joyce Van Patten as Mae Zeller ("King of Norway")
  36. Byron Jennings as Dr. Cotton ("King of Norway")
  37. Ginger Kearns as Irene ("Devil You Know")
  38. Dagmara Dominczyk as Dinah ("Devil You Know")



  1. Terence Winter: Executive Producer, Creator
  2. Martin Scorsese: Executive Producer
  3. Tim Van Patten: Executive Producer
  4. Howard Korder: Executive Producer



Season # Series # Title Writer Director Original airdate
1 49 "Golden Days for Boys and Girls" Howard Korder Tim Van Patten September 7 2014
Be 501 Season 5 opens in 1931 with Nucky in Cuba, where he presses a U.S. senator on the likelihood of Prohibition's repeal and eyes a future business deal with a rum magnate. Meanwhile, Margaret witnesses a casualty of the Great Depression on Wall Street; Luciano makes a bold career move; Chalky catches a break to get out of a bad situation; and in a flashback to 1884, a young Nucky makes an impression on the Commodore.
2 50 "The Good Listener" Terence Winter Allen Coulter September 14 2014
Boardwalk empire 502 Nucky visits Johnny Torrio in New York City to discuss his close call in Cuba and find out if new Mafia boss Salvatore Maranzano had anything to do with it. Meanwhile, law-school graduate Willie has a job interview; Eli and Nelson's liquor stash is raided by Eliot Ness in Chicago; and Joseph Kennedy listens to Nucky's pitch for post-Prohibition prosperity. Also: A young Nucky and his family mourn the loss of his sister, Susan, in 1884.
3 51 "What Jesus Said" Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder Ed Bianchi September 21 2014
What Jesus Said Margaret finds herself in a pickle due to her dealings with the late Arnold Rothstein when his widow starts snooping around his affairs. Meanwhile, Chalky wonders where his latest partnership is going; Nucky talks shop with a prominent businessman from Boston; Luciano and Siegel try to strike a deal with Narcisse in Harlem; and in 1884, a young Nucky works hard at the hotel and catches the eye of a girl who's vacationing with her parents.
4 52 "Cuanto" Howard Korder, Cristine Chambers & Terence Winter Jake Paltrow September 28 2014
Cuanto Nucky Thompson is forced to remain in Atlantic City when heavy rain prevents him flying to Cuba. He spends the time reconnecting with his wife, Margaret. Flashbacks to his childhood in 1884 follow him introducing his brother to the wealthy tourist lifestyle he briefly observed while working for the Commodore before his summer job ended. Nucky and Eli are caught trespassing in a room at the Corner Hotel by Sheriff Lindsay. He takes pity on them and brings them home for a meal with his family. While Nucky is out of the country political unrest in Cuba grows and Sally Wheet runs afoul of the military while looking after Nucky's interests.

Al Capone flaunts his notoriety when Charlie Luciano visits Chicago to propose a criminal coalition. Luciano recognises Nelson Van Alden and exposes his identity but Van Alden convinces Capone to spare his life. Luciano's visit frustrates Capone and he brutally murders a subordinate shortly after Luciano leaves, then calls Nucky to warn him that Luciano is a threat.

5 53 "King of Norway" Steve Kornacki Ed Bianchi October 5 2014
King of Norway Chalky returns to Atlantic City with vengeance on his mind. Concerned about the ongoing threat from Luciano , Nucky arranges a meeting with Maranzano in New York. In Chicago, Eli's reunion with June takes an unexpected turn after a dinner party hosted by Van Alden and Sigrid . Capone looks to relocate his operation out of Chicago; Margaret completes a deal with Carolyn Rothstein ; Nucky gets bad news from Cuba. In 1897, young Nucky looks to win over Mabel's father while asking for expanded responsibilities as deputy sheriff.
6 54 "Devil You Know" Howard Korder Jeremy Podeswa October 12 2014
Devil You Know 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.
7 55 "Friendless Child" Riccardo DiLoreto & Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder Allen Coulter October 19 2014
Friendless Child Nucky's war with Luciano draws in Willie and Eli as Nucky tries to maintain his control in Atlantic City. Meanwhile, Maranzano's tenure as boss is nearing the end; Gillian sends a letter from the hospital; and in 1897, a young Nucky quarrels with Mabel about a runaway from Trenton and does a favor for the Commodore.
8 56 "Eldorado" Howard Korder & Terence Winter Tim Van Patten October 26 2014
Eldorado With his holdings in Atlantic City lost, Nucky Thompson takes a swim in the ocean. Due to Nucky's manipulation of the stock market, Joseph Kennedy's business associates are nervous that repeal will not happen, and begin unloading their shares. Kennedy suspects Nucky's involvement and visits Margaret Thompson. She convinces Kennedy to short sell his own shares. Margaret meets Nucky to inform him of her success, and they share a dance but are interrupted by a realtor. Nucky returns to Atlantic City, intending to settle his affairs before leaving. He meets Eli, gives him some money, and encourages him to return to his family. He then meets Gillian in the sanitarium, telling her the most he can do is set up a trust fund for her when she is released and that he is not sure what she wants from him. Gillian is withdrawn and has been forcibly sterilized.

In New York, Luciano and Lansky gather crime bosses from New York and all around the country and form the Commission, a singular body will mediate relations between all crime organizations in the country. Luciano also tasks Bugsy with killing Narcisse, and he is publicly assassinated in front of his church. In Chicago, Capone is served a court summons when the authorities manage to obtain his ledgers. While he publicly boasts that the charges of tax evasion won't stick, Capone says goodbye to his son before heading to court, where D'Angelo is waiting for him.

In 1897, Deputy Nucky is shocked to find out that Mabel has miscarried. Eli summons Nucky home, where he sees that his father has hit his mother again. Nucky and his father fight and Nucky warns that there will be consequences if harm were to come to his mother again. After returning to Atlantic city, Nucky notices Gillian participating in a parade. The Commodore fires Nucky but offers to reinstate him as Sheriff, if he delivers Gillian to him. Nucky reluctantly approaches Gillian, telling her that the Commodore is willing to take her in, and promising that he will take care of her.

In 1931, Nucky comes across Joe Harper again. Harper reveals that his real name is Tommy Darmody, Jimmy's son and Gillian's grandson. Tommy shoots Nucky three times before being restrained by the police. As Nucky lays on the ground dying, he sees a vision of a younger version of himself swimming in the ocean and catching a coin.


  1. James Hibberd, Boardwalk Empire' renewed for season 5, Entertainment Weekly, 26 September 2013