The hit British crime drama may be coming to an end after season 6 and a subsequent movie, but the franchise may continue on with the possible spinoffs set up by Peaky Blinders’ season 6 finale. Since its season 1 debut in 2013, Peaky Blinders has captivated the world through its early 20th-century British gangster premise, which follows the criminal empire of a Romani-Irish family led by Cillian Murphy’s Thomas Shelby. The Shelbys and the Peaky Blinders crime gang’s pursuits become more ambitious through political careers, gangster warfare, investigations by the law, and intra-familial betrayals as the stakes grow higher with each season.
Peaky Blinders season 6 is a much more patient and emotional approach to the Shelby family’s conflicts. As Tommy contends with his mortality, Arthur tries to overcome his addiction, Ada becomes more politically involved, Michael is kept in jail, and the entire family grieves the death of Polly Gray at the hands of the IRA, Peaky Blinders season 6 wraps up the more personal demons of the Shelby family’s larger stories. The threat of the fascists still looms large as Peaky Blinders season 6 ends, but there are a few key changes heading into the movie. For one, Tommy has finally killed Michael Gray after a failed assassination, with Tommy also ordering Isiah and his long-lost son Duke to kill the Peaky Blinders’ mole, Billy, who was close with the youngest Shelby son, Finn. At the very end of Peaky Blinders seasons 6, Tommy realizes the fascists tried to convince him to take his own life, setting up a climactic takedown of the villains after the Shelbys’ internal conflicts are resolved.
While Peaky Blinders season 6 marks the end of the hit series, the Shelby family will conclude with an upcoming movie. There are still plenty of storylines for the Peaky Blinders movie to contend with that weren’t resolved in season 6, particularly in terms of the rise of fachism in Germany, Britain, and America. Tommy Shelby’s leadership of the Peaky Blinders crime gang is apt to come to an end in the movie, but there are still plenty of stories that have been set up for Peaky Blinders spinoffs after season 6.
Finn Shelby’s Peaky Blinders Future
Beginning the series as a child, Finn has largely taken the backseat in the Peaky Blinders crime gang’s strategic pursuits. As a grown man in Peaky Blinders season 6, however, Finn has put himself in a dangerous position through his recklessness, particularly in his friendship with Billy. When Duke and Isiah confront Billy in Peaky Blinders’ season 6 finale, Finn shows his true colors and his disloyalty to the family, attempting to shoot the two Peaky Blinders members until realizing the first two chambers of his gun were emptied.
Duke declares that Finn is no longer a member of the Shelby family “by order of the Peaky f***ing Blinders,” followed by Finn vowing that he’ll come for Duke and have his revenge. With Michael out of the picture as the Shelby family traitor, Finn is set on a similar path as his brothers and sister now know his treachery. While Finn is apt to be included in the Peaky Blinders movie, the character could lead an intriguing spinoff series in opposition to his own family.
Peaky Blinders’ Next Generation
Considering Tommy Shelby’s leadership role in the Peaky Blinders crime gang is already largely removed from the action on the ground in Birmingham, the series has perfectly set up a spinoff for the next generation of gangsters. Led by Isiah, who has been an integral member of the Peaky Blinders since season 2, the younger gangsters can take the lead on the group’s criminal business and smaller-scale warfare back in Birmingham. Arthur, Tommy, Ada, and the rest of the main characters from Peaky Blinders now seem to have surpassed the need to engage in the “old-fashioned backstreet razor gang” activities of the family’s empire. As such, a spinoff series following the new generation taking over these pursuits under Isiah and Duke would be particularly intriguing and would bring the franchise back to the scope of its conflicts in Peaky Blinders season 1.
Duke’s Future After Peaky Blinders
One of the biggest twists in Peaky Blinders season 6 was the reveal that Tommy Shelby unknowingly fathered a son named Duke with a woman named Zelda before World War I. Esme helps Tommy to find Duke, with Peaky Blinders’ main character bringing him into the fold and giving him a position within the family’s ranks. While Duke only appeared in a few episodes of Peaky Blinders season 6, Tommy’s long-lost son made a significant impact on the future of the family’s story, particularly in his newfound enmity with Finn Shelby. Allied with Isiah, a Peaky Blinders spinoff series could follow Duke’s role in the Shelby family after the movie. Alternatively, a Duke-centered Peaky Blinders spinoff can follow the character’s future as a Romani Gypsy traveler, perhaps reuniting with Esme. The Shelbys’ Gypsy blood plays an incredibly important role in Peaky Blinders, so a spinoff diving deep into Gypsy travelers would be an apt continuation of the franchise.
Alfie Solomons’ Peaky Blinders Spinoff
Outside of the Shelby family, Tom Hardy’s Alfie Solomons has arguably become the most popular recurring character in Peaky Blinders. In fact, the character has such an incredible value and appeal that Peaky Blinders introduced an absurd death fakeout for Alfie in season 5, with Hardy’s character being back on good terms with Tommy at the end of season 6. Alfie’s captivating personality would make for a perfect spinoff series about his leadership of the Jewish gangsters. With the rest of the world believing Alfie to be dead, a Peaky Blinders spinoff series could see his public “resurrection” and battles with the Italian and American gangsters set up in the original series. The end of Peaky Blinders season 6 sees Alfie’s uncle murdered by Jack Nelson’s gang from Boston, suggesting an Alfie spinoff would continue the war between these two gangs.
Peaky Blinders’ American Gangsters Spinoff
The American gangs have continued to play minor roles throughout Peaky Blinders, particularly in seasons 4, 5, and 6. From the Italian gangster Luca Changretta’s (Adrien Brody) connections in America to Bostonian Gina Gray’s Uncle Jack Nelson inciting conflict against the British gangsters in Peaky Blinders season 6, the groundwork for an American gangster spinoff has been already been neatly established. The Peaky Blinders crime gang is still moving opium to the United States, so a spinoff series could follow the American gangs working with the Shelbys’ criminal enterprises. Whether this is the Boston gang of Jack Nelson or those connected to Alfie Solomons’ Jewish gang, Peaky Blinders’ spinoffs have plenty of options to expand the franchise by focusing on American gangsters from the same era.
Ada Shelby’s Political Career Spinoff
Following the death of Polly Gray, Ada Thorne (née Shelby) stepped up to take over in much of the family’s business during Peaky Blinders season 6. Having to step in for Tommy during a meeting with Oswald Mosley, Diana Mitford, and Jack Nelson while Cillian Murphy’s character was with Esme, Ada proved herself more than capable of political strategy. If the Peaky Blinders movie kills off Tommy Shelby, his sister Ada is his perfect replacement as the MP for Birmingham alongside Arthur being set to take over Shelby Company, Ltd. Even Tommy tells Ada that she was the one who was born to be a politician in the family, not him, advising her to run for office should a seat in Birmingham open up. Ada is the best successor to Helen McCrory’s Polly Gray and Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby, which could see her become an unstoppable political force in a Peaky Blinders spinoff.