Yes! We’re just as shocked as you are after that mind-boggling cliffhanger, but let’s quickly dive into what the end means for the much anticipated Peaky Blinders season 6.
Nothing good lasts forever and that was made crystal-clear to us after the season 5 finale of Peaky Blinders played on our screens. Seconds after grasping what we’d witnessed, several questions came to our minds. When will the show be back? What just happened with Oswald Mosley? Why do characters appearing as ghosts continue terrifying Tommy Shelby? When do we get to see Peaky Blinders season 6?
- What the confusing finale means for Peaky Blinders season 6
- When Peaky Blinders season 6 is set to release
- Peaky Blinders season 7 to feature World War II?
Sorry folks, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting answers anytime soon. BBC’s Peaky Blinders has captured the attention of millions of viewers across the globe. It follows the exploits of the Shelby gangster family and their attempt at saving their criminal empire from toppling.
Created by Steven Knight, the show is loosely based on a real-life 19th-century gang of the same name, who were active in Birmingham from the 1890s to the early 20th century.
The trials and tribulations experienced by the family as de facto bosses of Birmingham makes an appearance throughout the series. Set in 1919, it focuses on how wars impacted men after their return from the forefront.
We’re just as shocked as you are after that mind-boggling cliffhanger, but let’s dive into what the confusing finale means for the next two seasons.
What the confusing finale means for season 6
The story-line is engaging enough to devour all at once, and lucky for you, all five seasons are currently streaming on Netflix. The series features an ensemble cast led by Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Joe Cole and Paul Anderson. They play Tommy Shelby, Elizabeth “Polly” Gray, John Shelby and Arthur Shelby respectively, senior members of the gangster family.
Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of the ever so cool Tommy Shelby, the leader of his Irish-Romani family’s bookmaking empire is beyond brilliant. Season 5, comprising six episodes, saw the Shelby family deal with the 1929 stock market crash. Threatened by younger family members and fascist rivals, Tommy confronted a lot of people in this season.
The failed assassination operation against Sir Oswald Molley isn’t helping his situation, especially now that one of Tommy’s own has betrayed him. The episode ended with Tommy screaming at the ghost of his dead wife, a hallucination he has been seeing for years, with a gun pointed to his head before the episode abruptly ends.
It’s obvious that his PTSD is taking over, and is something Peaky Blinders season 6 will have to address. We need to officially find out who betrayed Tommy but the popular podcast Obsessed with Peaky Blinders has some hints.
Peaky Blinders season 6 is also expected to be set in the early 1930’s as the buildup to World War Two is expected to begin. Director Anthony Bryne also revealed that the first episode of the new season will begin exactly where the cliffhanger ended. Talking to DigitalSpy, he confirmed “The very first image you will see will be back in that field, with a gun to his [Tommy’s] head…I promise it will be worth the wait.” We bet it will be!
When Peaky Blinders season 6 is set to release
Filming for season 6 was scheduled to take place from February this year. As it turns out, Peaky Blinders was no exception to the list of television shows’ production being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Season 6 was ready to begin filming in full-swing, with sets and costumes ready, locations booked and the cast well-prepared. But then the pandemic halted production and everything took a backseat. “We were so close to the start of filming Season 6..“, wrote Season 5 and the upcoming 6 director, Anthony Byrne, in an Instagram post.
Recently, Byrne admitted that filming will begin early next year, which is well away beyond the bleak mid-winter. Assuming that filming in pandemic assigned restrictions is not an easy task, we might have to wait even longer than planned.
Peaky Blinders season 7 to feature World War II?
You read it right! Not only have the showrunners confirmed a season 6, but a season 7 is also in the works. Peaky Blinders season 6 is not the end of Tommy Shelby and his family’s crazy shenanigans.
Creator Steven Knight has confirmed the show will return for two more seasons, and that Cillian Murphy is up for it. Knight has explained several times that his vision was to end Peaky Blinders with air raid sirens heralding the beginning of World War II. In a report posted by The Independent, Knight says, “We are definitely doing [series] six and we will probably do seven. We’ve talked to Cillian Murphy and he’s all for it, and the rest of the principal cast are in for it.”
Imagine this: Tommy Shelby is about to end the life of his enemy just seconds before he hears the sirens announcing World War II go off. Right then, everything goes black. Now that would be one incredible cliffhanger, wouldn’t it?
There are many loose ends that need to be tied in the decade and a half, before we get to see that intense 1939 series finale. Alas, all we can do is wait.