Kelly Macdonald

'Boardwalk Empire' creator talks about the show's 'fitting' ending

'Boardwalk Empire' creator talks about the show's 'fitting' ending

"Boardwalk Empire," HBO's Prohibition-era gangster epic about crooked politician turned ruthless bootlegger Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, wrapped up its fifth and final season Sunday. Unlike on "The Sopranos," the screen did not go black at the final moment.

Instead, the final episode brought a decisive conclusion to the story of Thompson (Steve Buscemi), tying up loose ends and incorporating moments of bittersweetness and heartbreak, particularly between Thompson and the key women in his life — wife Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) and former showgirl Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol).

Set in 1920s Atlantic City and featuring depictions of crime figures...