As the popular British crime drama Peaky Blinders begins filming Season 6, the show’s creator revealed the plan is to end with a movie.
Speaking with Deadline, Steven Knight suggested that a series conclusion “in another form” was always the intent. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has somewhat altered the show’s plans, Knight insisted that “my plan from the beginning was to end Peaky with a movie. That is what is going to happen.”
Knight originally expressed an interest in maintaining the show for a seventh season; however, the pandemic complicated the creative process. Season 6 was recently announced as the last, with its filming having been delayed for just under a year. Despite this, executive producer Caryn Mandabach has continued to maintain the hype for its arrival, saying, “This final season of our beloved Peaky Blinders is going to be the best one yet.” As for plans to end the story with a movie, despite Knight’s statement of it always having been the plan, Deadline states “that nothing has been formalized.”
The post-World War I crime drama by the BBC tells the tale of the Shelby brothers. Led by middle brother Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy), the gang has seen many big leaps in scope across the seasons as their criminal empire expanded, leaving the streets behind for big business and eventually politics. While the series maintains a continuity, Season 6 will be the first to carry on the primary conflict from its predecessor, being, as Knight puts it, “that fascism is afoot.”
Although no concrete details were revealed about the movie’s plot, Knight previously remarked that show’s exploration of Tommy’s psyche has left him wanting to “rehabilitate” the character. He also stated that he aimed to end the show with the beginning of World War II. It would make for a circular narrative, as Tommy’s shift in character is emphasized by the series to have begun with his trauma in the first war.
Created by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders stars Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby. Season 6 has yet to receive a premiere date.