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'Peaky Blinders': What is Aunt Polly up to in the fifth season?

Aunt Polly had been spearheading the Shelby business when the men were out at war but even now, her hold over the family continues to be strong.

Helen McCrory's character, Aunt Polly, in BBC One's Steven Knight-created drama, 'Peaky Blinders', has been one of the most appealing female characters on television. As a perfect counterpart to the Shelby clan leader, Thomas Shelby- played beautifully by Cillian Murphy- Aunt Polly had held the family together when the men were out at war. She continues to be the head of the family, the only one from whom Thomas seeks advice for his business. It seems that in the fifth season Aunt Polly will emerge as the real boss of the Peaky Blinders. 

The Steven Knight created-show starring Cillian Murphy (as Thomas Shelby), Paul Anderson (as Arthur Shelby), Helen McCrory (as Aunt Polly) and Sophie Rundle (as Ada Shelby) follows the infamous Birmingham gang who use their blinder caps to slit the eyes of their enemies. Set in the earlier decades of the 1900s 'Peaky Blinders' is an adapted tale of Knight's ancestors who were notoriously known as the Peaky Blinders for their fabled bohemian lifestyle and their disreputable actions such as murder and theft. Director Anthony Byrne has given us yet another glance into the dingy world of Birmingham, and this time it is Aunt Polly who appears to be clad as the perfect gangster. 

Fans are already abuzz about the picture where McCrory is sporting a fedora paired with shades, as she stands in a waistcoat in front of what seems to be a 1927 Bentley 6 ½ Litre. Praising the actress for her capability to bring out the voracious side of Aunt Polly in the image, a fan commented, "She looks like a proper gangster in this photo." Another fan stated, "Classy with a but of added bitch! Can't wait for S5 ❤️." It can be assumed that the fifth season will probably take up from where it had left as the Shelby family attained complete legitimacy over the gambling business when Thomas became a Member of the Parliament. 

However, none of this would have been possible had Aunt Polly not pulled out her entire act of loathing Thomas in front of the New York mafia gang leader, Luca Changretta (played by Adrian Brody). While the season explored the various corners of Polly's mind, where on one side she was a heavy cocaine addict speaking to shadows, on the other hand, she was the woman who perfectly chalked out a plan through her own rage. Polly had developed a scorn-like attitude towards Thomas ever since she was threatened by the noose around her neck when she was taken to prison. However, Polly always knew better and like a true Shelby, she refused to keep her anger above her family. 

Polly had perfectly tied Luca in her trap by her pretentious dislike for Thomas. (IMDb)

In the fifth season, we might see another new side of Polly. Unlike the previous seasons where she was mostly a damaged woman, who had a keen sight for business, probably in the fifth season, Polly will come up with her own vendetta when the Glasgow gang bears down on Birmingham to take it away from the Shelbys. 'Peaky Blinders' returns late spring, in 2019.