The Worst Acts of Betrayal on 'Boardwalk Empire'

Get schooled on the HBO series' most treacherous moments before the Season Three premiere on September 16th

Eli Thompson Joins Forces with Jimmy and the Commodore (Season One, Episode 12)

Macall B. Polay

A product of sheer nepotism, Eli opened the series as the confidant of his older brother, Nucky, who installed him as Atlantic County sheriff. But as the first season progressed, Eli grew tired of his brother's manipulations and empty promises. At the end of Season One, as Jimmy and his father, the Commodore, begin hatching a plot to overthrow Nucky from his gilded throne, they are joined by a third party – Eli. Although Eli emerges alive at the end of Season Two – his fellow conspirators are not so lucky – Nucky, disheartened by his brother's betrayal ("Et tu, Eli?") doesn't let him get away without punishment. Eli is made to take the fall for Nucky's election-fraud case, guaranteeing he will serve prison time.

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