Season 3 of “Boardwalk Empire” will skip ahead in time more than a year, which will mean new and even more intense pressures on Nucky Thompson and his Atlantic City machine.
“It’s New Year’s Eve 1922, going into 1923,” creator Terence Winter said Thursday night (April 26) at an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences event. “The world has changed quite a bit. Things have gotten quite a bit more violent as Prohibition has gone on and people are running out of liquor. Hence Nucky’s [Steve Buscemi] world is going to change.”
Most of the regular cast was at the event — including Michael Pitt, whose character, Jimmy Darmody, took a bullet from Nucky at the end of last season. “Maybe I provoked it,” Pitt says, noting that he and Winter had talked about Jimmy as a tragic character from early on in the show’s life.
“I knew eventually it would happen. I just didn’t know when,” Winter says of Jimmy’s death. He adds he was sad to lose the character, but if he was “being honest” with “Boardwalk Empire’s” arc, Nucky would feel he had little choice but to kill Jimmy after Jimmy tried to take over Nucky’s operation.
Season 3 of “Boardwalk Empire” is scheduled to premiere in September. Before Thursday’s event, Buscemi talked with the TV academy about playing Nucky — take a look: