This article contains spoilers for season five of Peaky Blinders.
By order of the Peaky Blinders, a season six (and seven) of BBC’s series, Peaky Blinders was confirmed earlier this year.
The TV show, which first aired in 2013, is going to be its “best yet”, according to creator Steven Knight.
In an interview with BBC, after he became a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in January, recognised for services to drama, entertainment and the community in Birmingham, the showrunner revealed that he had just finished writing series six “and it’s the best yet, but we always say that.”
Back in 2018, in another interview with the BBC, Knight also announced that another season was in the works.
“We are definitely doing [series] six and we will probably do seven,” he later said. “After series four it went mad. “We’ve talked to [lead actor] Cillian Murphy and he’s all for it, and the rest of the principal cast are in for it.”
Knight created Peaky Blinders based on stories of his parents’ upbringing in Birmingham in the 1920s and has solid success for its first five seasons.
Season five ended on a brutal cliffhanger which left Tommy Shelby’s fate up in the air — so, what’s next?
Here’s what we know about season six of Peaky Blinders.
What’s the next Instalment going to be about?
In 2018, after winning a BAFTA for Best Drama Series, Knight said that his “ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars.”
“So I’ve wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939. It’ll take three more series to reach that point,” he said.
“In my mind, this story is the story between two wars. The end of the chapter of these people’s lives and this society is when the Second World War begins. Because it all changes after that, after the demolitions and the council estates, it’s a different world.”
So, if this is all to come then both the next two seasons will need to get us to 1939.
Director Anthony Byrne said in an interview with Digital Spy back in June, that season six will pick up where season five left-off.
“The very first image you will see will be back in that field, with Tommy with a gun to his head and then we will move on from there and resolve that amazing moment,” he said.
Last season, Tommy’s desired plan to assassinate MP Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) did not come to fruition. Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen) met an untimely death by stabbing, Polly Gray (Helen McCroy) resigned from Shelby Company Ltd (gasp!) and the season ended with Tommy holding a gun to his own head.
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Who is returning?
The core cast is believed to be returning, however, it looks like someone will be returning from the grave.
Tommy’s wife, Grace (Annabelle Wallis) has hinted at a return to the series, however, most likely as a figment of her former husband’s manic imagination.
Back in May, Wallis tweeted: “She has some unfinished business…” which we can only imagine will transpire with Tommy’s downhill slide.
she has some unfinished business… https://t.co/Jzlchhddde
— Annabelle Wallis (@WallisAnnabelle) May 27, 2020
Michael’s (Finn Cole) wife, Gina Gray (Anya Taylor-Joy) is also said to be having more of a pivotal role this time around.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Byrne spoke of a new female character.
“There’s a great female character who is new, who is pretty dark. I haven’t seen a character like her in Peaky before. I won’t say who she is, but she certainly gives Tommy a run for his money. She challenges him in a different way basically. She’s certainly not a protagonist and I don’t know if she’s an antagonist.”
“It’s similar to [Oswald] Mosley… she has a similar ideology, and that’s challenging for any character as I’ve said before… he or she, they don’t have guns or a gang, but they have an ideology that’s like a virus and it’s more dangerous than anything. She’s a great character and we’re really close to casting her, as well.”
We do know that a lot of Knight’s characters are based on real people, including Oswald Mosley.
In real life, Mosley married Diana Guinness in 1936 (with Hitler as their guest of honour — no joke) so, could this new character be her?
When will it hit Netflix?
According to Byrne, the season was supposed to be completed by the end of 2020, however, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, we may not see it until at least mid-2021 or even 2022.
Will we love the new season?
According to Byrne, it’s going to be “pretty f**king epic.”
Catch up on the first five seasons of Peaky Blinders, streaming on Netflix.