If you haven't yet seen Sunday's season finale of "Boardwalk Empire" on HBO, you might want to stop reading now and go check it out On Demand.
If you have -- and are questioning the decision-making that led to that at least mildly shocking conclusion (not that we weren't warned at nearly every turn) -- you might enjoy reading James Hibberd's EW.com interview with "Boardwalk" showrunner Terence Winter on What He Was Thinking in dispatching one of the series' major characters.
Not that I had a lot of questions myself. Any time a series devotes that much time to fleshing out a long-running character's back story, there's a reason. Usually an ominous one. And if you're unlucky enough to be playing a fictional character in a historically based show, your odds of making it through to the end are more than slightly reduced.
Winter may have changed the last name of the real Enoch "Nucky" Johnson to Thompson to give himself some latitude with the character, but Steve Buscemi seems likely to go the distance in the role, given that the real Nucky lived to the ripe old age of 85, dying in 1968.