"Prohibition. Until then, I was a simple run-of-the-mill crook. A corrupt city official. And I was happy. Plenty of money. Plenty of friends. Plenty of everything. And then suddenly, plenty wasn’t enough."
- Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (Steve Buscemi)
The above quote comes courtesy of the latest episode of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' entitled 'Acres of Diamonds.' There really isn't a much better way to sum up the dark road Nucky's life has taken in the last three-plus seasons, going from your usual crooked politician to a ruthless, vengeful gangster that will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants. Now, just three episodes into season four, HBO has announced that fans will be getting 12 more hours of Nucky's further descent into darkness.
Premiering in 2010, the Martin Scorsese produced drama quickly became a magnet for critical raves and award love. Of course critical acclaim means nothing without viewers. and the ratings numbers have and continue to be very respectable for premium cable. Nucky's story obviously isn't a 'Game of Thrones' level draw, but it's definitely appointment television for many. A big part of that is the show's fascinating dramatic journey through major historical events of the 1920s. Talk about an entertaining history lesson.
'Boardwalk Empire's fifth season will premiere next fall, and season four continues airing every Sunday night at 9/8c. Of course, who knows which characters will even make it to next year. If there's one thing we know, it's that nobody is safe anymore.