The fourth season of Peaky Blinders dropped the other day and was arguably the best arc to date. At the end of the season, we’re given a finale that would satisfy as either a season or series ender. It left some viewer wondering if that was all we’d seen of Tommy Shelby, or if a fifth season would be coming. Well, we didn’t have to wait long as BBC Two announced another season will be premiering in early 2019.
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The series stars Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the leader of a street gang, run by his family in post-WWI England. Tommy, along with his brothers Arthur and John take the family from street level to a much grander scale in the first few seasons before squaring off with the New York Italian Mafia in season four. Season four had some impressive names in it like Tom Hardy (Venom), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), and Oscar Winner Adrien Brody, who does a decent Vito Corleone voice. It’s unclear who will return for the fifth season, besides Murphy who is confirmed, as well as Paul Anderson, who plays Arthur Shelby. The rest of the cast will depend on scheduling and story. Sophie Rundle and Helen McCrory, who play Ada Shelby and Aunt Polly respectively, have been in every episode to date, so it would stand to reason they’ll likely return as well. And given how it all ended, it would seem safe to assume that Lizzie Stark (Misfit‘s Natasha O’Keeffe) would be back as well.
So, what might season five be about? Well, we know that Tommy sold out the communists and is now in politics himself, so corruption abounds, and the stakes will likely get a little higher. We also know that the Shelby family now has an agreement in place to sell gin to Al Capone in Chicago and that Michael has been sent to New York, so perhaps we get our first glimpses of America through the eyes of the Peaky Blinders. There is already fan-campaigning on social media for Stephen Graham to be cast as Capone. Graham played Capone on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and for many, is the definitive portrayal of the character.
The new season hasn’t even been written yet, but show creator Steven Knight has opened some creative doors for the Shelby family to walk through, in what was a bit of a bounce-back season this year. Knight has also hinted that Tom Hardy’s character Alfie Solomons might not have died from his gunshot wound, though coupled with the cancer, even if he did survive it, he’s still not long for this world. The show’s creator has expressed interest in following The Shelby Company Limited all the way up to WWII, though there is no guarantee of it running that long;
“I hope it does run and run all the way up to the Second World War, but it does get harder to get the cast together as the actors are being pulled into feature films, it’s a victim of its own success.” – Deadline
Look for Peaky Blinders season five to drop sometime in spring of 2019.
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