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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Kills Off Fan-Favorite Character In Shocking Finale

Mon, November 25, 2013 1:48pm EDT by 33 Comments
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Spoiler alert: Stop reading if you don’t want to know who was killed on ‘Boardwalk Empire!’

Say it ain’t so! HBO’s Prohibition hit Boardwalk Empire made headlines two years ago when they killed off fan-favorite Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), and now they’ve done it again. The Nov. 24 finale brought a grim farewell to one of our all-time favorite characters, leaving us not exactly sure who we’re supposed to root for once Season 5 rolls along.

‘Boardwalk Empire’: Richard Harrow Is Shot And Killed

Well that was depressing. WWI vet Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) entered Boardwalk Empire back in Season 1 a broken man, and he departed during the Nov. 24 episode — bleeding to death under the boardwalk, natch — inches away from his well-deserved happy ending. He finally married Julia (Wrenn Schmidt), and was planning leave Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and his life of crime behind for a simple life in Wisconsin with his sister’s happy family, but Richard should have known that one never truly leaves New Jersey.

His final act before leaving the Garden State was to assassinate Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright) in exchange for Nucky tipping off the authorities to the location of Jimmy’s body, which was supposed to get rid of that pesky Gillian (Gretchen Mol) once and for all. Unfortunately, the trained killer froze when the big moment arrived, and he accidentally shot Chalky’s daughter instead.

Madness. Harrow was shot by one of Narcisse’s bodyguards in the aftermath, and limped away to die under the boardwalk, with dreams of the simple life providing one last comfort before he passed. Are you kidding me with this?

Since Richard was one of the only 100 percent likable characters on Boardwalk, we’re devastated to see him go. But what about you, HollywoodLifers? How did you react to Harrow’s death?

— Shaunna Murphy

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