Nucky has been almost a supporting player in his own show for this fourth season, which is no bad thing when you have characters like Richard, Chalky, Van Alden and Al Capone in the wings.
Each gets a big moment in tonight’s ninth episode: Richard makes big changes in life and career; Chalky faces down the sinister Narcisse, who bares his teeth tonight; Van Alden mans up and rediscovers his old hunger; and Al, who sets Van Alden’s transformation in motion, is fast becoming a coke-fulled whirligig of violence and paranoia. Even Rothstein has matured from two-dimensional kingpin into a fully-formed personality facing potential ruin.
The only weak link remains Gillian, whose custody battles and addiction struggles still feel too dislocated from events elsewhere. Nonetheless, after its customary mid-series meander, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is building up to another ferocious finale.
The Distillery Bankside
This classy-looking cocktail bar at the Hilton London Bankside hotel plays on the building's past as an essence factory making flavourings for use in all manner of food manufacturing. Table waters, confectionery, jellies, syrups, that kind of thing. That means plenty of own-made aromatics, infusions and bitters here, used on a cocktail list that goes big on gin – expect a wide range from a number of British producers. Craft beer should be a strong point, too. Sharing platters and bar snacks, prepared in the Oxbo Bankside restaurant next door, also feature.
Venue says: “We have over 50 hand-picked gins – fine old classics to new gins from artisan distilleries.”