Originally Posted by PooperScooper
They don't think so. Read the interview with Winter linked in the last page or two.
As Winter alluded, they took the Nucky/Jimmy situation to it's logical conclusion. As they were noodling out how they would end the season, it was either going to be Eli or Jimmy. It was still up in the air with 3 eps to shoot. Pitt, seeing how the season was going actually asked if he was going to be killed off. Was told it was in consideration but no final decision was made. Pitt told Winter, he was on board if that's how it came down...just make it a great ending...and they did. They went for the most dramatic impact. If they had decided on Eli going, no one would have been shocked or surprised.
In the story, once Nucky made sure Eli was on board taking the fall, it was over for Jimmy. I'm not sure if he believed Jimmy or Eli. I kind of doubt that he believes either. But, Eli is useful. Jimmy couldn't be forgiven. A King removes rivals and enemies, so they won't come back to haunt them. Doing it himself, of course, was a statment and puts to bed the "you can't be 1/2 a gangster" question. Nucky's all in now.