If you’ve followed Peaky Blinders over its six seasons, the last act of the renowned BBC series seems appropriate given how it all began. The Shelby family has gone through several phases over the years, from the beginning as a street gang in Birmingham to usurping the top spot among Britain’s most powerful people because of the ambition of one man, Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy). However, it is Tommy’s way of dealing with his internal demons, the haunting memories of the war that he chooses to hide with the greed of ambition and the building of a legacy, rather than power and money.
Despite the fact that his mental health has been an issue since we first met him, Tommy (Murphy) is at his most vulnerable and shattered in the final season. We see him avoid death on several occasions during the seasons, and it nearly makes us forget that he is, in the end, a mortal man, which the final season serves as a reminder of as he battles his emotional and physical strength in the last act.
While one might expect the show’s final season to be emotional as it draws to a close, it turned out to be even more sombre than we expected, given actress Helen McCrory’s death last year, which forced the creators to give a send-off to one of the series’ most beloved characters, Polly Grey aka Aunt Polly. Her absence makes the final goodbye even more difficult.
With the show’s sixth and final season, creator Steven Knight creates a plot that ties historical themes into the show’s traditional gangster drama vibe. With or without Whiskey, Thomas Shelby’s character continues to have power over the season as he becomes embroiled with fascist leaders during a period that is extremely draining for him personally. It’s the small details in this season that have a big impact, like Arthur’s inability to be Tommy’s shoulder of support once again. There’s also a lovely scene between the brothers in a wine cellar, where they reminisce about Tommy’s early rise to power in the Shelby household.
Peaky Blinders characters are comparable to those of Ozark in many aspects, despite the lack of historical links and time period. They are motivated by a desire to wield power as a result of their troubled past. One of the most striking aspects of the show has been how well the creators have handled the impact of WWI on Tommy and Arthur’s characters, and with that in mind, the finale appears to be a perfect fit for both.
Peaky Blinders’ performances have only gotten better with each season, and they’ve remained top-notch all the way to the end. With exceptional talent, Cillian Murphy brings Tommy Shelby’s damaged yet formidable version to the film. As the unhappy Arthur Shelby, Paul Anderson gives a heartbreaking performance. The most amazing performances in the final season, however, come from Sophie Rundle as Ada and Natasha O’Keeffe as Lizzie, who become the pillars of the Shelby family in the most unexpected ways.
Will there be a Season 7 of Peaky Blinders?
We should add that one of the bittersweet aspects of this current batch of Peaky Blinders episodes is that — well, this is it. The renowned Small Heath gangster-turned-businessman-turned-member-of-parliament is drawing to a close. That is, at least, in the shape of a TV show that can be binge-watched on Netflix in the United States. The show’s sixth season is the final in the series, but fans shouldn’t be too worried.
Steven Knight, the show’s creator, has not only confirmed that a movie, rather than a seventh season, will be released. He also said that shooting for the new Peaky Blinders film will begin in 2023.