New ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Trailer Shoots Us a Whole Lot of Metaphors

Nucky ThompsonNucky Thompson is going to have some serious post-traumatic stress come the beginning of Boardwalk Empire‘s third season, which kicks back up in September. As everyone remembers, Season 2 concluded with the pretty huge shocker of Steve Buscemi’s “grey area” hero gunning down his protegee and surrogate son, Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), after he had come to realize that he had no other choice in the matter. In gangster logic, that is.

Immediately after this scene, Boardwalk switched its focus to Nucky’s future: making illicit business deals to further his reign as the head of Atlantic City’s crime world. He seemed to be handling the whole ordeal just fine. But the below trailer would indicate otherwise. When Nucky kills Jimmy, he literally drops everything. His gun, possibly symbolizing power. His wedding ring, almost certainly symbolizing his marriage to Margaret (Kelly Macdonald). And his rose boutonnière, symbolizing… I don’t know, life, or innocence, or maybe his stake in the New Jersey flower market. That’s a profitable industry, you know.

Check out the new, highly dramatic trailer, and catch Boardwalk Empire when it returns to HBO: Sunday, Sept. 16 at 9 PM.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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