Peaky Blinders season 6 is coming and here's everything we know so far.
Warning: This Post Contains Major Spoilers for the Show
The fifth season of the BBC and Netflix coproduced gangster crime drama series came and went just like that and it was by far the most well-received judging by the overwhelming ratings that it had garnered for every one of its six episodes. And those numbers are rightly deserved given what transpired, from the comeback of Alfie Solomons to the death of Aberama Gold and everything else that happened in the middle.
Now everything out of the way, what does creator Steven Knight have in store for us next when it comes to the sixth season? This is your one-stop guide to getting all the answers you seek. So strap yourselves in, cause we’ve got the latest and juiciest PB updates that you want to stick around for till the end.
Yes, you read the title right! Showrunner Steven Knight had initially intended to wrap the series up after the fifth season. When speaking to Digital Spy, Knight said the following:
"I love doing it. I love the world," he said. "We were originally going to end it with this series, but I just thought that there’s so many people who are just getting into it now. It’d be such a shame to stop."
In fact, Knight loves the reception that the show receives to the extent that he is considering making a film after the seventh season, which could possibly have the characters going through the Second World War.
There’s always a certain bit of cliffhanger that is attached to every season to which Knight intentionally adds to keep fans guessing and excited for the next one. And that’s how you generate buzz or hype for a show at such a deep lore.
Season 5 revolved around the Shelbys dabbling with the 1925 stock market crash where Tommy deals with new adversaries from fascist rivals and younger family members.
Speaking of cliffhangers that we mentioned earlier, season 5 left us with a big one with Tommy contemplating suicide with a gun pointed to his head whilst screaming at his now-deceased wife’s corpse before cutting to black. So now the question remains: will Tommy commit suicide? One thing’s for certain though, Tommy’s PTSD as well as the events of the series are now taking shape.
At the moment there’s no way of knowing who the traitor is that betrayed Tommy, but the podcast series, Obsessed with Peaky Blinders tells us that we should be able to figure it out on our own.
When speaking to NME about the sixth season, Knight had this to say:
"In series six, we'll be looking at 1934 and things are worse. The drumbeat is getting louder, tensions are worse and Tommy is right in the middle of all that. Again, it will be an exploration of what was going on in the '30s and how certain things transpired. I’m writing it at the moment, and it is a tragedy."
It shouldn’t be hard to figure out that since all of the five other seasons from the BBC series have had six episodes to them, we can expect the next one to adjust as many to them as well unless we’re surprised with a few more later on.
According to ProductionWeekly, the filming for the sixth season is expected to commence from February 11, 2020. It's also been confirmed that the filming will take place in Scotland and Liverpool once again.
And aside from Stephen Knight continuing to write and develop the show going into the sixth season, a previous director Anthony Byrne is rejoining the show as a director for the new season.
But even though the show is going into production early 2020, we're not expected to have the show returned to the BBC until about 2020 at best. And just so we're not pulling anybody's leg, this update was confirmed on the show's official BBC podcast.
Netflix users are not expected to watch the sixth season of Peaky Blinders until about three weeks after the show finishes airing on BBC in the United Kingdom as season 5 did.
And judging by the gap between filming and the official release of the show for the past seasons, it appears the UK Netflix users are not expected to binge the show on the streaming platform until 2022 as Netflix needs to wait to get the license for the show.
Since Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) didn’t die in a failed assassination attempt by Tommy who ended up being betrayed at the end of season five, we can expect Claflin to reprise his role as Mosely in the next season, which was indeed confirmed by Byrne himself.
With such a riveting cliffhanger like that, we can expect the sixth season to pick up where it left off with Cillian Murphy returning as Tommy Shelby, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Helen McCrory as Polly Gray, Finn Cole as Michael Gray, and Sophie Rundle as Ada Thorne.
During Cole’s interview with Esquire, when asked whether or not he fears the worse for his character whenever he gets a new script, Cole replied with:
"I think with a show like this, it's important to recognize that Steve Knight is our writer and commander and to trust any decision that he has to make.”
He further stated:
"If he thinks that the character should either die or go, I'm fully on board with it because I know that that's what's best for the character. He will have exhausted all of that character's opportunities."
And whether any deceased cast members like Annabelle Wallis who played Grace Shelby will return to the show in some capacity or not is yet to be seen as of right now.
As to the possibilities of potential castings for season six, we could be looking at some American members like Julia Roberts, according to rumors. Besides that, Digital Spy also reports other well-known actors and celebrities who expressed interest to be involved with the show, including Snoop Dogg, ASAP Rocky, and Samuel L Jackson.