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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 3: What Big Scene Never Made the Cut?

Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Owen Sleater Death
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Boardwalk Empire‘ season 3 will come to a close with this Sunday night’s “Margate Sands,” but plenty of blood has already been spilled. Surprisingly, one of the most important scenes of the entire year was scripted, but ultimately never shown! New comments from series show-runner Terence Winter reveal why the climactic scene was never presented on screen, and how the episode might have been different if it had! Could a major character death have gone very differently? 

While ‘Boardwalk Empire’ season 3 has yet to truly let the blood flow, as we’re expecting form Sunday’s season finale ‘Margate Sands,’ recent episode “A Man, A Plan” came with it the cost of our favorite bad-ass Irishman, Charlie Cox’s Owen Sleater! Just days from running away with Mrs. Thompson (we think), the poor Irish assasin walked straight into a trap at Joe Masseria’s bathhouse, and wound up mailed back to Nucky in a crate, leaving his beloved Margaret to openly week over his corpse in front of her husband.

Part of the scene’s shock lay not only in the flashbacks thereafter fleshing out Owen’s conversations with Margaret, but the fact that we didn’t even see the big death scene!  According to ‘Boardwalk Empire’ creator Terence Winter’s recent interview with TVLine, that very nearly wasn’t the case:

There was an accident on the set where we were about to shoot [Owen's death scene] — a big plaster rosetta fell from the ceiling — and we pulled the plug on it and decided to shoot it another day. But then we got back to the office the next day and [director] Tim Van Patten said, ‘Do we really need to see it? It might be more powerful to not see it.’

So we decided to wait until we got the entire episode done and watch a cut of it and see what it felt like. And it was actually more powerful without it seeing it. Because now, [the audience] opens that crate along with Margaret. And it was almost more gut-wrenching to not know in advance what happened [to Owen].

What do you think?  Would you have liked to see Mr. Sleater’s death, or would you have preferred not to lose the character at all? Tell us your predictions for Sunday’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ season 3 finale “Margate Sands” in the comments!

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