Peaky Blinders Season 6 Spoiler Ahead
If you’ve followed Peaky Blinders over its six seasons, the last act of the acclaimed BBC series feels fitting 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 individuals 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 hunger for 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 mental 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 somber 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 last farewell even more difficult.
The sixth season of the program begins in 1933, four years after the fifth season finished with a botched murder attempt on fascist leader Oswald Mosely (Sam Claflin). In 1933, we encounter a different Tommy (Cillian Murphy), who has given up booze in an effort to rid his mind of the gloomy thoughts that have plagued him since Polly’s death (McCrory). This time, he’s launching an opium import/export business out of Canada, and he’s enlisting the help of his uncle Jack (James Frecheville), whose niece Gina (Anya Taylor-Joy) is married to Michael Gray (Finn Cole). Tommy is fighting with opponents not just from the outside, but also from inside the family, as Michael seeks vengeance on him, blaming him for his mother Polly’s death. Due to his severe drug addiction, Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) is unable to exercise any authority or accept any responsibility at Shelby Company. This season, it’s the women who are the sanest, whether it’s Ada (Sophie Rundle), who appears to be the ideal candidate to take over the Shelby firm after Tommy, or Lizzie (Natasha O’Keeffe), who attempts to be Tommy’s compass whenever he gets lost. Lady Diana Mitford (Amber Anderson), Mosely’s (Sam Claflin) girlfriend and a creepier version of him, is a new addition to the series.
With the show’s sixth and final season, creator Steven Knight creates a story that ties historical themes with the show’s traditional gangster drama mood. With or without Whiskey, Thomas Shelby’s character continues to have sway over the season as he becomes embroiled with fascist leaders at a period that is extremely difficult 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 when they reminisce about Tommy’s early rise to power in the Shelby home. This season is driven by prophecies, deaths, and emotional upheaval, and while it isn’t the finest of the bunch, it is a convincing send-off.
Peaky Blinders is infamous for its brutal violence and the darkness and doom that descend upon the streets of Small Heath, Birmingham whenever the Shelby family walks out, and the final season doesn’t miss out on giving us more of the same. Tommy may be an MP and an OBE today, but he’s still a Peaky Blinder at heart, as evidenced by the fact that the series’ famous order now reads, “By order of The Birmingham Urban District Council.” 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 that stems from their traumatic pasts. One of the most striking aspects of the program 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 great fit for both.
Peaky Blinders’ performances have only gotten better with each season, and they’ve remained top-notch all the way to the conclusion. With exceptional skill, Cillian Murphy delivers 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, though, come from Sophie Rundle as Ada and Natasha O’Keeffe as Lizzie, who become the Shelby family’s foundations in the most unexpected manner. In the last season, Tom Hardy makes a memorable appearance as Alfie Solomons. Peaky Blinders’ music and cinematography are other features of the show that has remained its strongest element even in its last season. Tommy Shelby’s persona should be remembered for one scene in particular: when he burns up his mansion and walks away with nothing but a cigarette on his lips.
Without giving anything away, the finale of Peaky Blinder appears to be a full-circle moment for Tommy Shelby. It’s a kind of self-realization for him, as he finally sees his future beyond the ashes and flames that have been tormenting him all along. In many respects, he’s mortal, but in others, he’s eternal. Tommy’s last shot is likewise identical to the one that opened the series.
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