Boardwalk Empire: The Family Business

Capone brothers, image: HBOPreviously on Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 ended in a crazy bloodbath after Nucky joined forces with Chalky and Al to take out Gyp Rosetti, one of the worst villains I’ve ever seen on a TV show in my life. Margaret took the kids and hit the road, aborting Owen’s baby along the way, and Two Face similarly got out of AC, after handing Jimmy’s little boy off to his girlfriend, Julia.

We start off at some backwater diner in Warsaw, Indiana, where two overdressed goons are complaining about the radio station. The diner owner drawls that this is the only station they get, and when the guys ask him what there is to see in the area, he tells them all about how they have the second longest contiguous brick wall in the world, just in case we hadn’t yet figured out that we’re in Hicksville, here. Goon 2 tells Goon 1 they should go, so Goon 1 lays a $10 on the bar and they leave.

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Boardwalk Empire: Into the Fire

Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Gyp Rosetti proved to have a short temper, Margaret acquired some new extracurricular activities, Gillian found a replacement Jimmy, and Van Alden became indebted to the Irish mob in Chicago.

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Boardwalk Empire: A Full Gangster

Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Nucky thought he buried the hatchet with Gyp, but Gyp’s way too insane for that. Margaret played Dr. Landau in order to get her women’s clinic, Meyer and Lucky fell afoul of Masseria, and Van Alden got a little more pathetic.

In a nice bookend to last week’s episode, we open with a phone ringing, interrupting the morning quickie of Sleater and Katie the (former?) maid. She answers, and it’s Nucky looking for Sleater. Nucky shortly asks if Owen’s read the paper (no, of course not) and Nucky tells him to read one and come meet him. But first, Sleater has a few things to finish up with Katie. And for those who love their insane trivia, Little Owen is apparently called Mr. Pouffles.

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Game of Thrones: Sacrifices for the Red God

It’s the final episode of the second season of Game of Thrones, so let’s assess, shall we?

Several would-be kings stepped up and made claims. Renley got killed by a creepy SmokeStannis; Stannis lost most of his army and got defeated. Sansa got a little less naïve and a little more savvy. Cate got a great sidekick and lost her mind a little. Robb got laid. Cersei got meaner and drunker. Tyrion got to prove he’s not just a half man and that Jaime isn’t the only warrior in the Lannister family. Daenerys got played. Theon got in over his head in a very big way. Joffrey got to explore his sociopathic side a bit more. Arya got captured, hung out with Tywin, and tricked her way out of captivity. Jon got embroiled in a series of rather dull subplots north of The Wall. Winterfell got trashed.

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Game of Thrones: Battle Royale

Previously on Game of Thrones: Everyone with a title and a tenuous claim made a grab for the Iron Throne—or some throne, with Stannis Baratheon coming out nearest the top and heading to King’s Landing to make his claim more official.

Apparently this is the episode the book fans have been waiting for: our big battle, and it’s so important George R. R. Martin himself wrote the teleplay and the showrunners had to ask HBO for more money. They got it; let’s see if they put it to good use.

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Game of Thrones: Hell Week

Previously on Game of Thrones: Theon led a raid on a town very close to Winterfell. Cate, Stannis, and Arya all got some fairly badass sidekicks, and Daenerys received a tempting proposal.

Chaos at Winterfell. Luwin rushes to his room, where he has just enough time to dash off a quick note and tie it to a raven before soldiers burst in and catch him. Theon, meanwhile, arrives at Bran’s room and informs him he’s captured the castle, which confuses the hell out of Bran, because he hasn’t been reading Theon’s status updates lately and can’t keep up with his changing allegiances. Theon tells Bran he’ll have to give in publicly, which Bran doesn’t want to do, but Theon tells him that, if he doesn’t, he’ll start hurting people in the castle. Before Theon goes, Bran asks him if he hated the Starks the whole time.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Gathering Forces

Previously on Game of Thrones: Everyone decided they wanted to be king. Tyrion took over as Hand of the King, Jon headed north of the Wall to explore yet more incestuous relationships, and (almost) all of King Robert’s bastards were put to the blade.

We’ve got yet another new location in the credits: Pyke, in the Iron Islands.

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Game of Thrones Recap: A King in Every Corner

Previously on Game of Thrones: Ned Stark got recruited by his friend, King Robert, to be the Hand of the King and to engage his daughter, Sansa, to the king’s son, Joffrey. So Ned and his two girls headed south, while his illegitimate son, Jon, went north to join the men on the Wall, where a whole lot of strange and creepy things are going down. In the southland, Ned managed to piss everyone off, and then Robert died and Joffrey took the throne and had Ned killed. All that did was enrage Ned’s eldest son, Robb, who kicked off a revolt. Meanwhile, across the sea, the last of the Targaryens, Daenerys, lost her husband but took control of her very own Dothraki tribe and hatched herself some cute little baby dragons.

Oh, steampunk credits, how I’ve missed you. Nobody really beats HBO for awesome title sequences, do they? We’ve got several new additions to the cast, but we’ll address them as we go. There’s also a new location on the map—Dragonstone, home of Stannis Baratheon.

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Boardwalk Empire: The Only Way We Could Have Ended This

Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Following Angela’s death, Jimmy went on a heroin-fueled trip down memory lane. And what a hellish trip it was—for him, and for those of us watching. Things started looking up for Nucky, as Van Alden was discredited as a witness for being insane and killing his partner, but then guilt-ridden Margaret started hinting that she might take the stand against him.

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Boardwalk Empire Recap: You’ll Deal with Me Now

Previously on Boardwalk Empire: Nucky pretended to retire, while simultaneously working quietly with Chalky to create chaos in AC and with Sleater to get something going inIreland. Jimmy stupidly believed Nucky was going to go quietly and let his full psychopath flag fly, possibly killing Mickey Doyle for no reason at all.

We start off inBelfast, where Nucky and Sleater are hitting immigration. Nucky claims his trip is to bury his father, and he’s got the casket with him and everything. The immigration officer stamps his passport and welcomes them to theKingdomofGreat Britain, which clearly irks Sleater, though he manages to fakely give a God Save the King.

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