Originally Posted by rdgrimes
Nucky knows that Rothstein can't be trusted. He's already robbed Nucky many times and tried to have him killed. Any arrangement between them would be a ruse to attain something else. That said, it doesn't look like either one of them has much to fear from the Philly crowd.
While everything you say is true, further conflict between supply/distribution/market is illogical for both. While Rothstein doesn't trust Nucky, Rothstein holds Nucky responsible for the highjacked shipment, trust isn't required when both can profit greatly from cooperation. Nucky's original plan to deal with Rothstein went out the window as a result of the executions.
Rothstein needs product. Lansky will confirm Nucky is more than capable of playing hard ball. If the rest of the Philly mob is disposed of, as a piece offering, Rothstein could then at least claim the Philly mob was out of control and their actions weren't authorized. The only way both of them are going to get what they want, given that war was a failure, is a truce. These two are smart enough to figure out how to make peace and the bundle that will go with it.
Of course I'm only guessing. Nucky might have enough business in Chicago alone to move all his product with a better return. Still, I predict cooler heads will prevail between Rothstein and Nucky.