BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Erlkönig”

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Boardwalk Empire‘s “Erlkönig” takes its name from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem, which translates to “The Elf King,” as recited by Knox and Eddie.  The story is about an anxious boy who is being carried home by his father.  The boy feels the presence of this King and warns his father, who dismisses it several times as nothing but a rustle or a whisper.  But, when the boy finally cries out in pain, the father realizes the “king” is real, and his son is dead in his arms.  “Der Erlkönig” is about the omen of death, and its namesake episode focused heavily, and with exceeding solemnity, on loss.  Hit the jump for why “In the end, all you can count on is blood.”

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