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See You In Hell, Nuck – New BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 3 Trailer
You can’t be half a gangster.
Nor can I be half excited for Boardwalk Empire season 3. The new season of the show that made me fall in love with television all over again debuts this September 16th, but in the meantime, there is yet another teaser trailer, but this one has a lot more substance. Dig:
Oh, man, I cannot wait. Like last season’s teaser, this is almost a full episode in itself, clocking in at about a minute and a half. Though I’m certainly glad the show is an hour long each episode, I think it’s the mark of a fine show indeed if its essence can be boiled down to ninety seconds.
Anyways, let’s get into the overanalysis, shall we?
Despite the excitement this trailer inspires in me, I think I like it a little less for the fact that I’m pretty sure that’s not actually Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody there. It’s a tough call, and it’s not that big a deal even if it isn’t him. I mean, I don’t see why they couldn’t get him to come back for this little revisiting of his character’s demise, unless it was really too painful a thing for him to relive. Or I dunno, maybe he had Yankees tickets that day or something. Keeping Jimmy in shadow is effective for the tone of the trailer, but still, I’m a bit of a stickler for that sort of detail.
But the best part is Nucky’s butterfingers. After he shoots Jimmy down, he drops his gun, his wedding ring (which if memory serves, he’d just put on for the first time that day, or at least that week), and the red carnation he wears in his lapel (at least, I’m pretty sure that’s a carnation). The symbolism here is not super deep, and it’s pretty obvious what this is meant to represent. Still, this attention to detail just makes my heart swell like a lovesick teenager. The gun is representative of Nucky’s criminal persona, the merciless crime boss always lurking beneath his political demeanor. His wedding band obviously represents his love for Margaret and his devotion to her and their life together. Red carnations are also symbolic of deep and abiding love, but within the context of the show and character, it represents a more familial bond as well, not unlike the one he shared with Jimmy until he shot him in the face. At this point in the overall story, Nucky is faced with a choice between these three things, and what does he choose? The way of the gun, of course. After all, no half-gangsters around here, not anymore. And of course, given the inclement weather abounding here, we can tell what the outcome will certainly be of this choice.
Have I mentioned I can’t wait for Boardwalk Empire season three? I can’t wait for Boardwalk Empire season three.