The Return of the Peaky Blinders


During season 5, Tommy juggles his newfound career as an MP with his gang activities, which often gets him into somewhat dubious situations (including a scene where a woman would like retribution for her murdered birds). Though it isn’t all fun and games –politician Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) is the MP of a neighbouring constituency, and as a member of a little something called The British Union of Fascists, he promises to cause no end of trouble for Tommy.

In gang business, Michael (Finn Cole), who was sent off to America as punishment for not telling Tommy about a plot against his life (the plot turned out to be fake, but I think the sentiment is what mattered to Tommy), made another huge blunder: rather than sell shares in Shelby Company Limited when Tommy told him to, he held on. And why was this such a blunder? Well, because of a little-known event called “The Wall Street Crash.” The company lost huge profits, and Michael and Tommy circled each other like wary cats for the rest of the season.

Elsewhere, Polly bonded with Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen), while Arthur watched as Linda (Kate Phillips) slipped away from him. Following on from her relationship with the army intelligence office Ben Younger (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Ada (Sophie Rundle) falls pregnant while raising Karl. And it seems that Grace’s (Annabelle Wallis) death from season three still haunts Tommy, as he hallucinates her with alarming frequency even though he’s now married to Lizzie Stark (Natasha O’Keefe).

The season finished on a chaotic note, as an assassination attempt on Mosley by the Peaky Blinders – following his plans to essentially kick off Britain’s version of the Nazi’s – ended with several members dead. Mosley’s still alive and aware of the attempt on his life, as the gang’s betrayed by a shadowy someone. The final scene of the show depicted Tommy wandering madly on a misty moor, eyes wide with despair as he points a gun to his head and pulls the trigger, all to the tune of hallucinations of Grace telling him that the work is done and they should walk away together. All in all, an eventful season.

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