Since September 2013 the nation has been hooked by the Brummy brothers the Peaky Blinders, and if you haven’t seen it where have you been?
It’s an epic gangster drama set in the lawless streets of 1920’s following a band of brothers and their crime family in the aftermath of World War 1. It is loosely based on real events of a crime gang who were active in Birmingham in the 1980’s.
The show has won multiple awards for its actors, story lines and directors and much more, and features Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, Paul Anderson as older brother Arthur Shelby and Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly – the main leaders of the gang. It is rumored to last for 7 series and season 1-5 are available on the BBC Iplayer app to view if you haven’t seen it before or haven’t caught up with season 5 which only finished on the 22nd September! If you haven’t seen the most recent series or any series for that matter DO NOT read on, catch up, come back and thank me later!
So lets talk series 5! OMG we have been left on such a cliffhanger it’s almost cruel! Thomas Shelby has had a constant mental battle with himself this series with visions of Grace and anticipating a family betrayal, not to mention a constant lack of sleep, the series ends with him pointing a gun to his own head! If we have to wait a whole year to find out what happens I don’t think I will cope! It’s not 100% clear how much of the final scenes in the last episode take place for real. Arthur and Tommy’s conversation about who betrayed the assassination plan on Oswald Mosley jumps location from the rally to outside Tommy’s house without us seeing the journey and without a gap in the conversation. The final scene in the misty field transpires exactly how Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) predicts earlier in the episode, he says: “I had a recurring dream, I saw you, in a field with a big black horse and you said goodbye and then, bang.”
However, despite the shocking and abrupt ending, we don’t see or hear that “bang”, and it’s probably a safe bet that Tommy Shelby isn’t going to actually pull the trigger.
Not least because he’s the show’s leading man, but also creator Steven Knight confirmed his season 6 comeback to BBC News: “We’ve talked to Cillian Murphy and he’s all for it, and the rest of the principal cast are in for it.”
The real question is what sort of state will Tommy Shelby be in when we he returns in season 6? Will he be locked up like his war comrade Barney Thomason was? Perhaps he’ll be condemned to bed rest and left incoherent. Or maybe he’ll be missing and we’ll see more time of him lost in his delusions with Grace, who knows but I know I can’t wait to find out!