(And if you're planning on watching, just know--there will be season 2 spoilers in this)
Normally, I'd start with the lead character, Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buschemi). But that would just make things a little too complicated. So, I'll start with his kinda sorta not really son, Jimmy Darmody.
|Jimmy Darmody, played by Michael Pitt|
|Jimmy and Nucky|
|Jimmy, the Commodore, and Eli, cooking up nothing good|
|Jimmy and Manny Horvitz|
|Margaret Schroeder, played by Kelly MacDonald|
Throughout the whole Polio thing, Margaret's rediscovered her faith. She's all kinds of chummy with the local priest and wants nothing more than to help him and the church. So, when Nucky signs over all this property to her to avoid it being brought up in his fed trial, she signs it all right over to the church. Woops! Sorry Nucks!
Okay, so now onto that whole Federal Trial hanging over Nucky's head. So season 1 we met Agent Van Alden. He's this straight laced conservative tight ass who knows Nucky's running a bootlegging business and wants nothing more than to shut him down. Season 1 he can't quite get the job done. Season 2 the feds send this ginger woman in to finish things up. She makes all kinds of progress and they actually end up having a trial. Van Alden feeling slighted and betrayed by his superiors, goes to the arms of Lucy Danzinger, who just happened to be Nucky's number 1 girl before Margaret. Welp, of course Van Alden gets her pregnant and decides that since his own wife back in the Mid-West can't have kids, this would be the best gift ever ever ever. So he pays Lucy to stay in this apartment by herself for 9 months and have the kid. She does begrudingly, has a little girl, and then leaves. Well shocker, Van Alden's wife is PISSED and wants nothing to do with him or the baby. So he's left with a baby girl and nothing else. He doesn't even think of a name until he hires a nanny named Ingrid and she asks him what the girl's name is--Abigal. He gets a better apartment and basically pays this woman to be her mother. Awks.
|Van Alden and his um, daughter, Abigail|
Number one thing to know about our lead guy, Nucky Thompson, is that he is a master manipulator. So it came as no surprise that his federal trial was declared a mistrial and he was free to walk. And when I said that Nucky swooped in earlier about Jimmy? Well, that did come as a surprise to I think everyone but Jimmy. Nucky shot him in the head at point blank range. I think in some respect, the die hard Boardwalk Empire fans are still reeling from that. And judging from this promo, it looks like Nucky is too...
So, some questions for season 3:
What's gonna happen to Jimmy and Angela's son, Tommy?
How is Nucky gonna deal with the rest of his betrayers? (Brother Eli, I'm lookin at you!)
Who's Nucky gonna pay off to get that land back from the church that his loving wife just signed over?
Will the Feds ever get him?!