Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders season 6: Steven Knight speaks out on end of Tommy Shelby series

PEAKY BLINDERS showrunner Steven Knight has spoken out about the future of the Thomas Shelby franchise.

The Shelby family are set to return with its sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders early next year. Fans can expect to see lead actors Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson and Finn Cole return alongside Line of Duty’s Stephen Graham. Earlier this year, the British crime drama whipped up a frenzy on social media after the show released a teaser trailer which exposed the reappearance of big-time thug Alfie Solomons, played by Tom Hardy. The show’s creator Steven Knight has opened up about what lies ahead for the main protagonist, Tommy Shelby and his cut-throat clan.

In the long-awaited season finale, Cillian’s character is set to go head-to-head with Sam Claflin as Oswald Mosley for one final time, according to the creator.

While fans may be in despair at the thought of a final outing from the flat cap wearing Birmigham boys, as a follow-up to season six, Knight has confirmed there will be a film.

The movie, which is set to end the Shelby franchise, will go into production in the year 2023.

In an interview with Variety, the showrunner revealed: “I am going to write the feature which will be set in and shot in Birmingham.”

Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders

“And that will probably be the sort of the end of the road for ‘Peaky Blinders’ as we know it,” he claimed.

In another interview, the writer explained further why he wanted to make a feature film.

Speaking to BBC News, creator Steven said: “We felt what would be a great idea is to, almost in place of that seventh series is to go onto the big screen.

At the end of season five, Tommy’s mental trauma continued to haunt him following the tragic death of his spouse Grace (Annabelle Wallis).

Tommy Shelby and spouse Grace dancing at party

The cliffhanger concluded with Tommy screaming at his late wife, in the midst of his hallucinations, with a gun pointed at his head. 

Viewers were left in anticipation wondering whether the Irish heavyweight had pulled the trigger.

Another long-awaited unveiling of who made the ultimate betrayal to Tommy will also be revealed.

Sadly, Helen McCrory who played Aunt Polly passed away earlier this year at the age of 52.

Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders

Filming had begun back in January this year before McCrory died in April.

Helen, who was the matriarch of the Shelby Family, played a key role in the much-loved period drama series.

Much to the sadness of long-running fans, it has been revealed she did not film any scenes in the latest season given the tragic circumstances.

Elsewhere in the cast, BAFTA nominee Conrad Khan will be introduced as a new character in the sixth-part season.

The young aspiring actor has previously appeared in the Black Mirror episode ‘Smithereens’ alongside Fleabag priest Andrew Scott.

The new episodes were written and had previously gone into pre-production prior to the COVID-19 pandemic but filming was later postponed in accordance with the social distancing guidelines.

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