Check out the new trailer for “Boardwalk Empire,” as Season Four of the gorgeously mounted Terence Winter Prohibition era gangster series gets underway on September 8 on HBO. (SPOILERS for those who have not completed Season Three.)
Season Three reeled under the loss of Michael Pitt, whose Jimmy Darmody at least showed some potential for climbing out of the dark criminality that is front and center on this series. So viewers had to hang onto Steve Buscemi’s always compelling Atlantic City boss Nucky Thompson, as well as the women in his life, including his smart wife (Kelly Macdonald), who was planning to leave him with her Irish lover, his right-hand man Owen Sleater (Charlie Cox) until events intervened. She seems to be done with Nucky, for the moment.
This season brings some new players for Nucky to tangle with. “Only kings understand each other,” Harlem boss Valentin Narcisse (great character actor Jeffrey Wright) whispers. “What shall we do, Mr. Thompson?” (According to IMDb, one ongoing character in the series is named Anne Thompson. Ok then.)
And there’s newcomer HBO veteran Ron Livingston (“Band of Brothers, “Sex in the City”) as wealthy interloper Roy Phillips, who gets close with Jimmy’s mother, wily madam Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol), who is is never to be underestimated. And still on the scene are disfigured war veteran and killer Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) and Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams), who will presumably be exacting some payback for saving Nucky’s ass at the end of Season Three.