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It's been an anxious time for Peaky Blinders fans since the hit British show ended its fifth season all the way back in 2019. Like so many of our favorite shows, the COVID-19 pandemic altered the plans for the tales of British mobster Tommy Shelby and his family, delaying filming on the show's sixth season by almost a year. But things aren't over yet for everyone's favorite Birmingham bad boy, and we're slowly beginning to get new information to whet our appetites for the next chapter of the show.
Sophie Rundle, who plays Tommy's sister Ada Shelby, recently teased Digital Spy that the upcoming season won't be holding back. "I think that [creator] Steve [Knight] has said that this is going to be the last, so you can imagine – it's going to be all guns blazing. It's always, you know, really rock and roll." She added, "Ada's just as badass as ever. She always is."
Series star Cillian Murphy also recently gave fans a Peaky sneak peek behind the scenes.
Considering that the Peaky Blinders have always been known for their style (the real life gang was, in fact, likely named for their fashion sense) it's only natural that the fictional gangsters dress sense would be as sharp as the razor blades in their caps. While the costuming sneak peek may not have given away anything new in terms of the season's plot, fans were still excited to scope our Tommy's dapper duds.
Here's everything we know about the future of the Peaky Blinders.
Season 6 will be the last... sort of.
To the surprise of fans, in January show creator Steven Knight confirmed that season 6 will be the final season for Peaky Blinders—with a caveat. Rather than wrapping up the series with the sixth season, Knight said that the BAFTA-winning drama will continue "in another form," later confirming to Deadline that the show will conclude with a film. "Covid changed our plans. But I can say that my plan from the beginning was to end Peaky with a movie," he told the publication. "That is what is going to happen."
Back in 2018, Knight had told fans that they intended to do a seventh season and possibly more, saying "My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars, so I always wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in 1939." At that time, he was already enthusiastic about the possibility of a film, but said that he wouldn't "want to do it at the end, maybe between series." Clearly circumstances have changed those plans, with the announced film potentially taking the place of the previously planned seventh season.
When is season 6 coming out?
On January 18, 2021, the official Peaky Blinders twitter account shared the news that the show had officially begun filming on the sixth season. While there's no word yet on exactly when the Shelby family will be returning to our screens, considering that returning series director Anthony Byrne spent sixteen months working on the show's fifth outing, it seems unlikely that we'll see new drama in Birmingham before late 2021 or early 2022.
Before the debut of season 5, Byrne told British GQ that while he had to think hard about returning for another season, ultimately he felt compelled to finish the story he started telling in season five.
"I really had to think about it because it's a massive commitment to make, but it felt like this series is part one of two," he said, speaking about season five. "I think previous series had very definite endings, whereas I think this series doesn't end that way. So I felt more and more that I wanted to come back and finish this."
No announcements have yet been made about whether Byrne will return for the film to close out the series, or when filming for that could take place.
At least one cast member won't be returning.
Actress Charlie Murphy confirmed in March that she won't be reprising her role as real life union leader and Communist activist Jessie Eden for the next season. The character was last seen in the season 5 finale when Tommy saved her from being arrested just before his failed attempt to assassinate Oswald Mosley. Some fan theories suggested she could have been the one who betrayed Tommy in season 5, causing his plans for Mosley to fail, but the news that Murphy won't be back makes that seem increasingly unlikely.
On the other hand, there will be some new actors joining the cast, like James Frecheville, and Black Mirror star Amber Anderson, who revealed that she'll be appearing on the show's final season an an as-yet undisclosed role.
What's in store for the rest of the series?
In a Canneseries TV drama festival masterclass in Cannes, creator Steven Knight offered fans a few hints about the future for Tommy Shelby; specifically, where he sees the character ending up by the time the show reaches its conclusion.
"Tommy Shelby–who begins as this nihilistic, looking-out only for his family person–will be redeemed, and he will become good,” he explained. “I want to take him on that journey from the person we saw [in Season 1], to the person he will become in 1939.”
He also noted that he'd originally pitched the show's concept to Channel 4 25 years ago, but that he was glad that it wasn't actually picked up until 2012, when technology had advanced enough to allow for the show's high production values.
You can catch up on the first five season of Peaky Blinders on Netflix right now.
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