Late in the pilot of “Boardwalk Empire,” Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) peers into a fortune teller’s shop, watching her read someone’s palm. The camera frames him through the glass front door, the writing on the door standing out in front of his face, asking if he knows what his future holds. The question, of course, is directed at much at the audience as it is at Nucky himself (who barely even notices it). We in the audience, however, have just met this guy and are hopefully asking ourselves that very question. (Nucky is loosely based on historical figure Nucky Johnson, but his name’s been changed to give showrunners greater latitude to play around with the actual figure’s history and prevent stray Googlers from spoiling themselves.)
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