Originally Posted by WhoIam
He doesn't need to send muscle at all. Eddie knows Nucky pretty well and isn't going to say no to him. When Eddie was talking about his contract all it would have taken is Nucky saying "This isn't a request" and that would have been the end of it. Or he could have sent literally anyone else with the message "Mr. Thompson strongly suggests you reconsider." This an an effete man who sings and dances for a living, not some hardass with strong mob ties.
Nucky might have changed his mind about letting Eddie off the hook after their meeting. The way Eddie tried to race out of the room, forgetting his Vodka bottle, basically showed that they aren't really friends, and Eddie is just afraid of Nucky. That might've felt like a betrayal to Nucky.
As for who ordered the hit, I assume(d) it was Rothstein. I don't see Lansky, Luciano, or Nucky going behind Rothstein's back on something so big. Some interesting points in the thread to suggest otherwise, but I'd still go with Rothstein, like Nucky with Eddie, reconsidering his position offscreen. Hrm, writing that out makes it sound stupid. Like why would such big decisions be made offscreen. Whatever, I'm sticking with it.