Everyone ready for tonight’s season finale? You just know it’s going to be epic.
First let’s clear up some leftover ends from last week. Let’s start with the episode, which was named “Two Imposters.” I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I believe the writers deliberately give these episodes cryptic titles just to send us scurrying to Google to solve the puzzle. I must admit they got me this time. It wasn’t until HBO co-executive producer, Howard Korder, explained it that I understood the title.
Korder says the “Two Imposters” is from the poem, “If,” by Rudyard Kipling. We all know the beginning of the poem… “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…..”
Not so familiar to us is the middle of the poem: If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster …And treat those two impostors just the same…..”
Korder explains the poem “If ” is “the quintessential poem of the Victorian English code of manly conduct.” Eddie Kessler, Nucky’s devoted manservant, keeps reciting it in his delirium after being shot. I think I can be forgiven for not catching this, since Eddie keeps reciting them, not in English, but in his native tongue.
Tonight’s episode promises to be nothing less than epic. There, of course is the war between Nucky, Chalky White and the New York gang. But there are so many subplots in play here; the Al Capone ringer; Gyp and Gillian; Richard Harrow and his arsenal.
I may be wrong, but I don’t see a cliffhanger on the horizon. I think the writers will end the show with us trying see our way through machinegun dust that fills the air and the bodies that litter the ground to discover which side has emerged victorious.
As always, my money on Nucky. Especially since HBO ordered another season of the show.