Wow. That was all I could say when the second season of HBO's BOARDWALK EMPIRE concluded. In fact, I think I may have said it about ten times in succession and then just stared blankly at the screen for a good minute before I had to accept it was over. In just 12 episodes, this series is able to execute satisfying and shocking storylines for a dozen plus characters, taking you to places so dark and corrupt, you wonder if your innocent, little psyche will make it out unscathed. This second season proves without any doubt that the first was not a fluke and that they aren't afraid to do anything if it will serve the story.
Under the direction of series regulars, like Timothy Van Patten and Jeremy Podeswa, the second season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE is a breathtaking juggling act. There are so many balls in the air sometimes, it's a miracle that not a single one of them ever drops to the floor. And with significant characters being killed and Nucky's home life fighting for more of his devotion before it concludes, I cannot wait to see where all the excitement will lead next.
BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 2 is available on DVD and Blu-ray now. The 3rd season begins on September 16, on HBO.