Peaky Blinders season 6 spoilers: Director spills exactly how new series begins

Peaky Blinders season 6 spoilers: Director spills exactly how new series begins

June 25, 2020

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BBC drama Peaky Blinders has been gripping viewers since 2013 and with a sixth season returning to filming imminently, fans of the gang-inspired show will be desperate to know what lies ahead for their favourite characters. In a recent Q&A, season five and six’s director Anthony gave some huge hints to fans about how might look when the upcoming season returns – including divulging how long it would be before Tommy Shelby’s (played by Cillian Murphy) fate was confirmed.

Last year, viewers witnessed lead character Tommy Shelby seemingly choosing to take his own life.

After his plan to assassinate rival Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) was foiled, Tommy was left humiliated and was left struggling to cope with the fallout. 

He was seen comforted by a yet another vision of his late-wife Grace Shelby (Annabelle Wallis), who urged him to join her. 

The final few tense moments of season five saw Tommy running through a misty field with an illusion of Grace, before appearing to choose a tragic fate.


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He held a gun to his head – but viewers are none-the-wiser as to whether he decided to pull the trigger or not. 

Now, with the huge cliffhanger looking to be resolved in just a few months, Anthony Byrne – who is the series director – revealed all in a recent Q&A with Digital Spy 

Asked whether season six would pick up directly from where viewers were left or whether there would be a time jump, he gave viewers a very definitive answer. 

After pausing for a moment, Anthony joked: “I know the answer… I’m thinking,” making sure not to give too much away. 

However, he revealed viewers would quickly find out the fate of Tommy in the first few moments of season six as there will be no shift in time to come. 

The director said: “Yeah, it picks up directly. So, the very first image you will see will be back in that field… Tommy, with a gun to his head.

“Then, we will move on from there, we resolve that amazing moment… it’s great,” he teased.

There are many other plots which will need to be addressed after some big changes were beginning to be put into motion after Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory) announced she was stepping down from the family business. 

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Season five also saw the shock return of Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) who was presumed to be dead and warned Tommy of huge danger ahead.

Delving more into the background of the memorable final, Anthony told the publication: “I remember… I was editing episode six and don’t remember what months these were.

“But I was editing episode six and was with Paul Knight, the Editor, who’s coming back as well and we had just watched a longer cut.

“At one stage, we talked about episode six being a feature episode and we had very kindly got a dispensation from the BBC to make 75-minutes or something like that.


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“It was going to be like a feature-length episode,” before explaining the reversal of the decision, adding: “When we were cutting it and cutting it, it just kept coming down,

“And I’m not going to make something 75 minutes if it doesn’t work so we made it the best length it was…”

However, it doesn’t look likely Tommy will have ended his life due to Cillian Murphy having already been confirmed as part of the cast. 

Creator Steven Knight previously spoke out on the lead character’s comeback to BBC News, saying: “We’ve talked to Cillian Murphy and he’s all for it, and the rest of the principal cast are in for it.”

Peaky Blinders seasons 1-5 can be streamed on BBC iPlayer and Netflix now. 

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