I don’t know about you, but it feels to me like a lifetime since season five of Peaky Blinders drew to a close – so let’s quickly recap where we left off.

You may recall that Tommy Shelby’s plan to bump off Oswald Mosley at a fascist rally didn’t go all too smoothly, with the far-right politician surviving and Aberama Gold getting killed.

The season ended with Tommy yelling as he marched through a misty field holding a gun to his head, seemingly poised to pull the trigger.

o, where does season six begin? Well, from the very same place, it turns out.

Tommy with a gun pointing at his head
Tommy with a gun pointing at his head

Speaking to Digital Spy, director Anthony Byrne said: “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.”

Fans of the show may be pleased to hear this, for while it may seem logical for the season to pick up where the last left off, the show does have a tendency to jump forward through time.

As such, viewers may have predicted they’d be left to piece together what exactly ended up happening in that field, but pleasingly we’ll get to see for ourselves how the dramatic scene plays out.

Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders

Of course, the safe money says he won’t shoot himself, but Tommy’s mental health has been deteriorating rapidly as the seasons have progressed, as he battles PTSD, grief, hallucinations and an unhealthy alcohol dependency.

Indeed, Cillian Murphy – who of course plays the troubled gangster – said it is ‘exhausting’ stepping into the shoes of the ‘ruthless and relentless’ character.

Speaking to LADbible, he said: “It’s an absolute gift, the character. I never anticipated having the opportunity to play the character for this length of time and to have the privilege of working on such great material, for people to have so much affection for the show, for it to have such reach, culturally and everything else.

“I love it. I mean, it’s exhausting, but I would never moan about it because it’s an actor’s dream really.

“He’s clearly a man who’s suffered serious trauma and it’s talked about, him being in the trenches in France in World War One, you know he was tunneler, which is the worst possible job you could have. Clearly he’s never dealt with these things, clearly most of the men that were spat out of that conflict were now just told to get on with their lives.

“So I think with Tommy it manifested itself with ruthless and relentless ambition, but I don’t think he ever spent time trying to fix himself and I think the scars of that, the damage that has been inflicted on him by others and by himself is coming home to roost.”

When exactly we’ll get to see season six is currently unclear, because of you know what, but no doubt it will be worth the wait.


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