Eli is the scarecrow. (HBO)

‘Boardwalk Empire’ 5×7 Recap: Family Ties

The Atlantic City/New York showdown between the Thompsons and the Luciano/Lansky/Siegel contingent finally went down last night, and it was a little…what? Anticlimactic? It’s hard to say that nothing happened, as we did lose one of our most beloved characters in the shootout last night, but to think that we’d been gearing up for this fight all season just to have Nucky capitulate to killing Maranzano himself (or, with his own crew, including Eli) just to save little Willie seemed like a left turn from the epic finale between these two mobster gangs that we were expecting.

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