Why Peaky Blinders Is Ending With A Movie, Not Season 6

Why Peaky Blinders Is Ending With A Movie, Not Season 6

Peaky Blinders is now set to end after season 6 and a movie, potentially offering the story a better conclusion than another season could achieve.

The Cillian Murphy-fronted Peaky Blinders is set to conclude with a movie after season 6, with production planned to begin in 2023. Creator Steven Knight announced the decision in early 2021, with additional news coming throughout the year. Peaky Blinders season 6 has already been completed, leading fans to question why showrunners have chosen to wrap up the series with a movie instead of utilizing the season’s episodes, or a potential season 7.

Centered around the head of the Shelby crime family Thomas Shelby (Murphy), Peaky Blinders has already aired five seasons that have spanned from 1919 to 1929. The series has slowly moved from focusing on the trauma that many of the characters experienced as a result of World War 1 to beginning to lay the groundwork for World War 2, with the rise of Sir Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) and fascism in the United Kingdom. All of this led to a more extensive plan from Knight, who had initially announced that he was starting work on writing Peaky Blinders season 7 before plans changed.


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Steven Knight’s plan for Peaky Blinders had always been to craft a complete narrative that told the story of the Shelby family between the two World Wars, with the end coming at the same time as the first air raid siren in Birmingham. While Knight had previously said his plan was to continue the show with season 7, without elaborating on the details, he has suggested that the change was related to problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected numerous other productions. However, Knight has also revealed that it was always his intention to end Peaky Blinders with a movie, even if they had been able to produce one more season.

A Movie Was Always Part Of The Plan For Peaky Blinders

Tommy, John, and Arthur invade and takeover a nightclub in London in Peaky Blinders

While many cancelled series end up returning with a movie in an attempt to wrap up loose ends that were denied by a network—for instance, Firefly and Serenity — Steven Knight’s longstanding plan for Peaky Blinders suggests a larger picture. A movie offers opportunities that are not available on a TV show. Besides often having a bigger budget, the feature-length allows for a more contained plot told without being broken down into episodic chunks. Perhaps the biggest benefit to making a concluding movie, however, is that it will mean that audiences go into the experience knowing that anything is possible. While Peaky Blinders has killed off major characters like John Shelby (Joe Cole) during its run, characters like Thomas Shelby are expected to survive as the central figure in the story. A movie will allow the writers to conclude the story in whatever way they see fit and further explore Tommy’s self-destructive death wish.

Of course, while Peaky Blinders will be ending with season 6 and a movie, that is only a part of the story. Steven Knight has made it clear that while he does not plan to stay attached to the property, he will be passing creative duties on to others to helm several potential spinoffs about other parts of the Shelby family and the Shelby Company Limited. Some hints have already been set up with Michael Gray’s (Finn Cole) excursions to the United States, and season 6 brought in more, but the upcoming movie will be an opportunity for the writers to end Thomas Shelby’s Peaky Blinders story while also establishing the world for future narratives.

How Peaky Blinders Season 6 Sets Up A Movie

Cillian Murphy Tommy Shelby Peaky Blinders season 6

Peaky Blinders season 6 perfectly sets up the 2023 movie by leaving several plot threads unsolved. First, Oswald Mosley still doesn’t know about the season 5 assassination attempt. There are clues that he could have been made privy to the information, as Tommy’s doctor was in with the Mosley’s and lied to him about his tuberculoma diagnosis. This raises another issue: the doctor explained why he lied to Tommy but didn’t give the full explanation behind his goal. This could and should be answered in the movie. Jack Nelson’s story was also not properly closed out: Peaky Blinders season 6 ends with Jack getting to know the Mosleys at a deeply uncomfortable dinner party. After this, he presumably will return to America to continue his Nazi rhetoric and start a heroin business with Tommy. What Tommy plans next in his fight against fascism will likely be worked out in the Peaky Blinders movie. The series ends with Tommy riding off into the great unknown after his daughter dies and his wife leaves him. Hopefully, the film will bring the two back together, and end Tommy Shelby’s story in spectacular fashion.

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Peaky Blinders season 6 is available to stream on Netflix now.

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