Post by Dave Maynar on Nov 21, 2012 12:38:50 GMT -5
Also, the thing with the guy's cousin turning in Gyp is at the top of my list for things that probably will happen but shouldn't. It just seems super convenient to me that Gyp goes around indiscriminately killing people all season without consequence then his henchman (who has been watching these murders) suddenly decides to grow a pair because his annoying cousin was the victim this time.
Post by A$AP Rosko on Nov 26, 2012 10:20:39 GMT -5
I don't know if it was the best episode ever (I'd still say the finale of season two), but it was damn good. Very intense, suspenseful episode. I'll keep from posting any specifics about the episode until you watch it.
Post by Dave Maynar on Nov 27, 2012 9:57:16 GMT -5
*Spoilers from last Sunday's episode* Also, prepare yourself for my mega rambling post of the week. I watched the preview for the finale (which is super amazing), but I am going to keep anything from it out of the following post.
I was able to watch it yesterday afternoon and talk to my best BE buddy, karosko, about it last night, so I can't take full credit all of these ideas.
First of all, that episode was great. I have said previously how BE is a show that moves slow to move every little piece into place for the bigger payoff at the end of the season. Sunday was a great example of this. Everything has moved into place for the larger conflict at the end of the season. One quote that stuck out to both karosko and I (aside from Capone's absolute gold one at the end of the episode) was Lansky's "Everything is connected." Much of the long term relationships and interactions on the show have really come to shape what happened on Sunday and last night, i.e. Richard and Gillian's battle for Tommy, Nucky's slight toward Chalky about the club, Rothstein and Lansky warning Luciano off the heroin deal due to the risk. All these small interactions have a larger impact on the bigger scheme of things. The biggest one that sticks out to me is Capone. Capone loves to fight and is by nature an aggressive man. Would Torrio have been willing to drive 18 hours to get involved in a war that he could have just as easily stayed out of? Hells no. Rothstein turning down Luciano and Lansky sent them to Masseria who they are now in a ton of debt to which then led Luciano to take a risk that he shouldn't have.
It's nice to see the tension with Gillian and Richard come to a head. It's one of the storylines that has been building slowly all season, and it is nice to see it get some meaningful screen time down the stretch. I agree that the scene with Richard laying out all his guns was hard as f*ck. Karosko has a fear that Richard might not make it through the finale, but I have faith in my boy. They don't build up a character to be that badass to have him get shot in the back by a non-violent character. Oh f*ck, I just had a memory from The Wire. I am sad now. I do wonder how Gillian will react to Gyp taking over her house. She has done a lot to put herself in a position of power, and I just don't see her giving it up easily.
Speaking of Gyp, I hereby retract my theory of him making it through this season. With him making such a bold move against Nucky the episode before the finale, I don't see them extending it beyond the finale. It has the feeling of him overextending himself and getting bit by it. Overconfidence has been shown to be a fault of his before.
The storyline with Eddie was great. In a world where it seems that everyone close to him has betrayed him, Nucky finally realized that the one person who is 100% loyal to him is the person he has probably treated the worst. Just think of how many times Nucky has belittled or berated Eddie through the course of the show.
Like Flanzo, I was totally pleased with Chalky getting a bigger part of the story finally. For almost three entire seasons, he has been part of the scenery for the most part despite him running the entire black part of the city.
Margaret is out of the picture on a train at the beginning of the episode. I wonder where she went exactly, and if and when she will make it back to have an impact in Atlantic City. With Gyp's move, it seemed like they were tabling the fallout from Nucky finding out about Owen until a later time.
I wonder how Van Alden will fit into all this. It seems strange to drop his storyline for the season where they did with his meeting with Capone, but it seems they are moving the focus for the show to NYC (Luciano's arrest) and Atlantic City (Nucky and Gyp) for the finale, and I really don't see Capone bringing Van Alden with him to Atlantic City.
Lastly, we also spoke last night about how the show has a certain amount of characters that are "safe" for the finale either due to plot or history, i.e. Nucky, Capone, Luciano, and characters that are not, i.e. Richard, Gillian, Gyp. Gyp seems like the easy bet for not making it through the finale, but I can't help but feel that someone else isn't going to make it. Anybody got ideas on who the unlucky person is?