Peaky Blinders Season 6 has just wrapped up on the BBC in the UK and I’ve some thoughts on the overall season. It’s one that in my opinion, started off in not the greatest of ways it could, but then by the end it did redeem itself with some great performances, cinematography, and storytelling. It also gets us questioning what could happen come to the Peaky Blinders film, which creator Stephen Knight had previously announced and hopes to begin production on in the coming years. In this spoiler review, I’m going to be discussing what I thought about the final season of Peaky Blinders alongside how the ending of the show sets up the movie. But before I get into it, if you want to see more videos on shows like Peaky Blinders and the upcoming seasons of Better Call Saul and Ozark, then don’t forget to support this video by giving it a like, subscribing to the channel, and turning on your notifications. Also feel free to check me out on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Instagram at cortex videos, all of which are linked in the description below. But without further ado, let’s dive into my review for Peaky Blinders.
Peaky Blinders Season 6 Review:
So the Peaky Blinders season 6 finales gave us our last time with the Shelbys on television. With Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby showing us his big plan, just about every big character from the show’s final season made an appearance, whether it be Tom Hardy’s Alife Solomons, Oswald Mosley, and the other Shelby family members in Arthur, Ada, and Lizzie. We also got more of the new characters such as Tommy’s long-lost son Duke Shelby, who after this season, seems to be being pushed for the Peaky Blinders film. But the central narrative beat other than the focus and examination of Tommy and his looming death was the central duel between Tommy and Michael Gray over the death of Polly. By the final episode, we saw multiple deaths, whether it is Arthur avenging Polly’s death or Tommy shooting Michael, showing that he truly has no limitations. We also discovered that our main Blinder isn’t ill with a tuberculoma and that his doctor was secretly working for Oswald Mosley, spotting a photograph of him attending Oswald’s wedding to Dianna, which was also attended by Hitler. So in the end Tommy escaped everything, be it the fascists he didn’t want to work with, his false diagnosis of tuberculoma, or his family. He rode out of the show on a white horse, symbolically reflecting the series that started on a black horse. Season 6 was essentially a form of purgatory for Tommy, taking into account his sins and really finding a way to leave it all behind. But that’s where I become very intrigued. Because while this season had its ups and downs, one thing I really did like was the ending, and if this was a perfect send-off for Tommy, which I thought it was, how will that play into the future? He’s apparently now free. Free, at least until the Peaky Blinders feature film comes out… I will be getting into this towards the end, but from a narrative point of view, I hope they can pull it off after this ending. It does seem more like the perfect ending for Tommy’s time on TV, with the film potentially being more directed at giving us the whole family a proper send-off.
Peaky Blinders Season 6 Ending Is Perfect: (PEAKY BLINDERS season 6 review)
Moving on, many viewers have shared their frustration with the slower pace of this final series and while I do give it the benefit of the doubt for having to work around both the pandemic and the tragic death of Helen McCrory, I do think the final three episodes were able to give this iconic show a thrilling send off. Sure, it wasn’t perfect and multiple characters were underutilized at times such as Arthur, Alfie, or Ada. And there was also no Churchill and Stephen Graham’s role was reduced to just a few scenes. But I don’t think this season did all the wrong things by focusing much more on Tommy Shelby, his state of mind and really capturing what the end of his journey means. We were given what was essentially a mini-movie to end it off, which acted as a sendoff to the show’s time on television, yet one which also set up the upcoming feature that will truly be the final ride. This final season was almost like a western epic, with its slower episodes truly building on the tension that the end should bring. And Tommy ended where he began, alone on horseback, having gone from the streets to complete power. That’s until he realizes the doom that this power can bring, and this season truly get’s into that through Tommy’s mind frame. He’s on what appears to be the brink of death, and I really liked that approach towards him, especially in the final 3 episodes. It’s definitely a season that you have to stick with and recalibrate in certain ways, and I think the ending was quite the perfect one to really resurrect my thoughts on this final season. The first 3 episodes had moments of greatness like the opening bar scene with Tommy, but it really felt like the writer was struggling to work around the death of Polly. While they did a good job of showing her impact and setting up the events to come, for a final season, I found it way too slow to start off with. But once the narrative had more developments surrounding Tommy and the potential war with Michael, the drama in the family if you will, became much more effective.
Peaky Blinders Season 6 Performances, Cinematography, and Music: (PEAKY BLINDERS season 6 review)
In particular, the ending with his daughter Ruby and the lack of incurable tuberculoma was the last straw to be done after a season of Tommy’s grief, but an ever-increasing plunge back into the bloodshed and control he claimed he had passed in the beginning. Had gone. He really needed a moment to reckon with his sins and make the audience truly believe he had found freedom. The ending also makes the death of his daughter much more impactful in the long run and it rightly connects everything to the other plotlines that felt weaker earlier on. It was quite satisfying to see that his so-called doctor’s disregard for gypsies, instructing him to burn the wagon at the end, had turned out to be the thing that set Tommy Shelby free. It was an episode dedicated to the Shelby family, underlining that they are bad people, but bad people we have followed and become attached to, who have no limitations when it comes to even worsen people. The performances really helped to echo these kinds of messages, and quite honestly some of my favorite moments of this season came in the scenes between Anderson’s Arthur and Cillian’s Tommy. And also Lizzie from Natasha O Keefe deserves a mention because her dramatic scenes with Tommy also heightened our concern for these flawed individuals. For the final 6 episodes, we followed Tommy Shelby in his final move toward death, but in a brilliant piece of writing, the character is given a new sense of life and is moved in a direction we never thought he’d go in. And that could have come off cheesy, but the performance of Cillian Murphy really makes us believe that this is the final stone for him. And alongside the brilliant acting and moments between characters, this is coupled with some of the most beautifully designed and visually spectacular cinematography on TV. Especially when you add the use of operatic music to accompany it, which superbly exaggerates the big personas on screen. The ending was one that had all of this and the shot of Tommy riding away on a white horse from the burning carriage with pictures of his family inside is quite an iconic image that stays with you regarding his character.
What Will Happen In The Peaky Blinders Film? (PEAKY BLINDERS season 6 review)
While that ending was also quite the emotional and satisfying one if you consider the legacy of this show on TV, it also primarily gets us thinking, about what will happen next. And this is only stimulated by creator Steven Knight who previously confirmed last year that there would be an upcoming film to conclude the Shelby story. Cillian Murphy said in an interview that Steven Knight has always had an ending in mind. He admitted that Covid hurt that a bit, but now, he’s got a lot of plans with a feature film. He said “I don’t think this is the end of the story. I think it’s probably just the end of the story in this form. But Steve is always bringing up ideas. And they’re always good. So I’ll just wait and see what he has to say”. So that pretty much confirms that this ending was the big sendoff for the Peaky Blinders time on TV and that the real narrative ending is going to be in the film. There is no release date for that as of yet, but it has been reported in recent months that production on it will begin at the start of 2023. It has also been confirmed that both Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby and Paul Anderson’s Arthur will be reprising their roles in the spin-off movie. Knight also told the outlet Digital Spy that “so many great actors” are in conversation. And as for the plot of the film, not much has been given away other than it will be will set during World War 2. He said, “I know what’s going to happen in those stories and it’s about some kind of untold story that happened in World War II, where the Peaky will be involved.” So it looks like the movie is really going to dig into what we’ve been expecting for a while and that’s this story is really coming to an end in the Second World War. Especially when the last two seasons have really pushed the uprising of the Nazi party, it makes complete sense for this story to be linked to the Blinders. I honestly have no idea how they’ll do it, especially after the perfect ending with Tommy’s freedom in the show, but I guess for now we can only trust the creator. I really did like the ending so I trust he’ll do something appropriate and meaningful during a significant time period in our history.
Peaky Blinders Season 6 Final Thoughts and Score: (PEAKY BLINDERS season 6 review)
But that was my spoiler review for Peaky Blinders Season 6. It is going to be interesting to see what they do in the upcoming film, but I do think overall, that this final season was satisfying when it comes to how they dealt with Tommy Shelby. It was hard for them after the many restrictions during Covid and Helen McCrory’s death, but I think they’ve salvaged quite a compelling ending to the Blinders run on television. This season was much slower than previous ones, but it really built up to the more explosive moments quite effectively. But like I said, I think the standouts of this season lie in the performances of Cillian Murphy’s Tommy, Paul Anderson’s Arthur, Natasha O Keefe’s Lizzie, and the many important uses of Polly throughout the episodes. You really get into the head of these characters and what they truly feel come to the end of their story, and if anything it just makes me wonder how they’ll tackle the film following the ending they went with. Yes, I do think it could have been better but these roles really did help make me care more about the direction the show went in. I’m giving Season 6 of Peaky Blinders a rating of 8 out of 10. But to those who have already seen the final season, what were your thoughts on the Peaky Blinders ending, and what direction do you think they could go in with the upcoming film? Let me know down below in the comments section. For lots more videos surrounding the latest film and TV releases like Peaky Blinders, then subscribe to the channel and turn on your notifications. Also if you enjoyed this video remember to leave a like rating and follow me on social media via the links in the description. But anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it, I’ve been Cortex and as always make some noise.