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Monday, August 3 at 10 PM ET/PT on AMC
In the 8th and final episode in the series, titled “End Game,” Vito Genovese and Carlo Gambino make their move. And when Genovese becomes a liability, Luciano must choose his successor.
EPISODE 108: End Game (1948-1962)
With Charles "Lucky" Luciano unable to return from exile in Italy, Vito Genovese and Carlo Gambino make their move to control the New York Mafia. Luciano and Genovese's personal rivalry comes to a head, when Genovese targets long time Luciano ally and acting Luciano Crime Family boss Frank Costello for assassination. Luciano and Meyer Lansky conspire to put down Genovese's power grab and ensure Luciano's successor is someone they deem more appropriate as all our main characters meet their final fates.
Vito “Don Vito” Genovese• Vito Genovese (played by Craig Rivela) enjoyed a long run in the top echelons of Mafia power, both as an underboss and boss. He was a canny, ruthless survivor who habitually used violence and murder to get what he wanted, be it power, witness tampering or control of a family. Or a bride: Genovese married his second wife, Anna, twelve days after her husband’s body was found, strangled to death. Genovese was never convicted of murder, but his methods did backfire in one notable instance. While in prison, he reportedly ordered a hit on one of his soldiers, Joe Valachi, who was also his cellmate. The plan didn’t come off as expected; Valachi not only lived, he testified before a Senate committee in 1963, giving the public its first detailed look at the Mafia.
Charles “Lucky” Luciano• Born Salvatore Lucania in Sicily, Charles “Lucky” Luciano (played by Rich Graff) was one of the most powerful and enduring kingpins of the modern American mafia. At the peak of his career, from 1931-1936, he dominated the New York City underworld of illegal gambling, bookmaking, loan-sharking, drug trafficking and extortion. He was involved with labor unions and controlled the New York docks, among other key local industries. And he cut a dashing figure in New York society, sporting custom shirts, natty suits and, underneath it all, silk underwear.