Brutal twist in Peaky Blinders ending

Warning: spoilers. The sixth and final season of British crime drama TV series Peaky Blinders has finally dropped on Netflix.

The sixth and final season of British gangster “Peaky Blinders” has arrived.

Now streaming on Netflix, the season wraps up some aspects of the story while leaving a lot up in the air, as there’s also a movie in the works. This makes it as dramatic as ever, yet disappointing as the end of this story in its TV series incarnation, the New York Post reports.

Since its premiere in 2013, the show has followed the Shelby family in Birmingham, England, in the aftermath of World War I, as they moved from the streets to the halls of parliament and clashed with various enemies. Led by Tommy Shelby (Cillain Murphy), the family includes his aunt Polly (Helen McCrory), son Michael (Finn Cole), Tommy’s brothers Arthur (Paul Anderson) and John (Joe Cole), sister Ada (Sophie Rundle listen)) and Tommy’s wife, Lizzie (Natasha O’Keeffe), who is a former sex worker turned secretary turned company wife.

In the final season, Tommy’s allies include the unpredictable Jewish mobster Alfie (Tom Hardy) and his main adversary is the fascist politician Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin). Season 5 ended with Tommy failing in his plan to assassinate Mosley.

While it’s not the show’s fault, there’s a hole in the center of the Season 6 story. Co-star Helen McCrory tragically died of cancer in 2021 at age 52, and the show adapted to it by eliminating Polly.

The choice to kill Polly rather than write it soft (she could have run off with a lover) makes Season 6 dark. The story begins with Tommy away from his family, doing business near Newfoundland and speaking French, Michael shoots Tommy, blaming him for Polly’s death, Arthur is back to his old ways of self-destruction, addicted to opium, Ada and Lizzie are stressed holding the fort in England, Alfie has taken up opera and World War II is on the horizon.

“Peaky Blinders” has always been an entertaining show, full of set-chewing performances, anachronistic rock music that makes period drama kinetic, and explosive action. Season 6 is no different. It contains several delights, including Afie saying, “Speaking as someone who’s been dead for several years, I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

But, it doesn’t hit the heights of showmanship at its best. While Polly and Lizzie’s arcs were high points, the show has always been the weakest in giving its female characters enough to do – and giving them roles that challenge the “mafia wife” stereotype. Without Polly, there’s just Lizzie, Ada, and Michael’s wife, Gina (Anya Taylor-Joy), and none of them get any dynamic storylines.

As for Tommy, he’s a compelling character even when he’s just thinking. But in the home stretch of dark drama about an antihero, every such story must make a choice once and for all between redeeming him or punishing him for his actions. “Peaky Blinders” has always been too enamored with Tommy to punish him for long, but he also likes to wallow in his darkness, which makes the season feel like he can’t make up his mind on what grade to take for his swan song. And since that story will continue in a movie, her fate in season 6 doesn’t seem to have much gravity, since that’s not her real last word, anyway.

Ultimately, the season is worth watching. But, because of the impending film, it doesn’t feel much like a series finale – it just feels like business as usual, by order of the Peaky Blinders.

This story was published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission.

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