Nucky goes full gangster in 'Boardwalk Empire' S3 teaser

Something tells me Nucky Thompson's shocking move in the Season 2 finale of "Boardwalk Empire" will come back to haunt him.

A new teaser for the HBO drama's third season (spoiler alert!) replays in super slo-mo Nucky (Steve Buscemi) gunning down his one-time protege Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), who betrayed his former mentor in a political coup. It's dark and moody, which suggests Nucky will feel the reprecussions of the murder for a long time to come.

The most revealing part of the clip shows Nucky looking over Darmody's body, and as he drops the pistol his wedding ring and red lapel carnation fall off his body. This seems to hint that Nucky may discover that his new wife, Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald), sold his land holdings to the church. Could that be the end of their marriage? Or worse yet, her life?

The falling boutonniere could represent his political career, which is likely to be a rocky enterprise in Season 3. The clip ends by showing the words Jimmy said to Nucky in the show's very first season, "You can't be half a gangster."

Nucky ulitmately picks up the pistol, so I'm guessing he has chosen to be a full-time gangster. What do you think?

Season 3 of "Boardwalk Empire" premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 on HBO.

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