So it was fitting that the finale finished much like the premiere started, as Gyp met his demise not far from where we first saw him spill blood. He came unhinged to say the least as his voice went a few octaves higher calling to mind when Judge Doom revealed to Eddie that he was actually a Toon. And he did it while carrying a tune and looking like the King of Pop.
"Margate Sands" brought closure to many of the story lines to which we were treated over the past few months, thanks to an array of twists and turns that made for a thrilling conclusion.
Arnold Rothstein showed Lucky Luciano he still has a lot to learn when it comes to the world of criminal enterprise, but it looked like school will be back in session for Arnold soon enough after falling into the heavily-baited trap Nucky set for him. What a great surprise to see Mr. Means behind Melon's call to Esther Randolph. He was worth every dollar Nucky paid him this season.
Lucky had two of my favorite scenes of the episode. First when didn't rat while getting shaken down by the cops.
Nucky was worried he would be persona non grata after the smoke cleared... but Eli was right. All they have to do is offer the people something they want and they will be willing to look past certain things. Maybe that will be booze, maybe drugs or even entertainment in the form of Chalky's club.
Richard also had an itch to scratch which had everyone celebrating.
The whole time I was like...
He was in the business of killin I-talians and cousin, business was a boomin!
what he tried to do back in the woods.
Margaret faced a tough decision but appeared to have "taken care of it." I'm pretty sure the bleeding we saw was residual.
Nucky was willing to forgive her dalliance with Owen and welcome her and the children home. She turned him down, but I think we'll see her back in Atlantic City by next season ordering up room service.
For all the loathsome things Gillian has done, I very much enjoyed seeing how diabolical she was as she masterfully played Gyp. First she tried to appeal to his sense of family.
"Then why don't you pull my trigger and see what shoots out?"
In her opium-infused state, Gillian traveled back to the night Nucky delivered her to the commodore and did well to remind us that while she is one seriously disturbed woman, there were those who certainly had a hand in her troubled mental state.
And lastly, the long shot of the year, defied all odds and came in.
So are we to believe it was Mickey who let Rothstein know about Owen's plans to kill Masseria at the bath house who in turn told Masseria to help broker their new peace along with the drug deal? We never saw the crooked FBI agent who we had originally pinned it on. It would make sense given how Mickey was able to ring up A.R. from PA.
I so have enjoyed yet another season with you all. Until Season 4...