Fans of 'Peaky Blinders' express concern for Lizzie as they expect some 'redemption' for her in season 5
Lizzie has been mistreated, utilized and discarded by the Shelbys, but maybe this time they will take her as family. And fans want to make sure it happens.
The Shelby clan is returning with their blinder caps and guns for the fifth season, and fans are already speculating the destiny of the characters who in the fourth season helped shape Thomas Shelby's political career. Creator Steven Knight's BBC One periodical drama, 'Peaky Blinders', starring Cillian Murphy (as Thomas Shelby), Helen McCrory (as Aunt Polly), Paul Anderson (as Arthur Shelby), Sophie Rundle (as Ada Shelby), Finn Cole (as Michael Shelby), and Natasha O'Keeffe (as Lizzie Stark), is set in the early 20th century Birmingham, where it follows the notorious gang, led by the Shelbys, who are infamous for slitting their enemy's eyes with the blades attached to their blinder caps.
Season 4 left us on an unexpected note where Thomas' transition from a gangster to a politician not only changed the course of the entire story but has also left fans wondering what will happen to the characters who had voted for the former war hero-now turned gangster to become a Communist and a Member of the Parliament. Among others, fans are concerned if this season Lizzie whom we saw bearing Thomas' child in the last season will receive some kind of redemption. A Reddit user has stated, " I hope in the coming season there is some redemption for Lizzie. I feel like she’s put up with a lot of crap and always set to the side. She deserves better."
Lizzie has been an exception in the team of women who have not only spearheaded every plot of the Peaky Blinders but have also been responsible in Thomas' growth from a war-hero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to becoming the leader of a Communist party. Fans are of the opinion that throughout the last four seasons, Lizzie has only been utilized as an instrument by the Shelby brothers, Thomas and John (the youngest Shelby), and it is high time that the character gets a story of her own. One Reddit user has claimed, "Lizzie above all has shown loyalty to Tommy. She chose Tommy even over John. She worked for Tommy as a secretary, put herself in danger and her reward was becoming part of the family."
Season 4 saw a tense exchange of wit and romance between Thomas and Lizzie, as both lost the people they loved. Thomas' newly married wife, Grace (played by Annabelle Wallis), was killed off on the day of the wedding, and Lizzie's lover and Thomas' youngest brother, John met a hasty demise in the fourth season after Luca Changretta's shot him in front of his house. It was not long before Thomas and Lizzie sought comfort in each other but the complicated relationship, in which Lizzie was mostly dominated by the Shelbys, soon took an unexpected turn when Lizzie realized that she would soon bear Thomas' child. Even when Lizzie was bearing a child, it seemed that she was not allowed to have a mind of her own, and fans have a problem with that.
A fan has mentioned, "Tommy didn’t want John to be with Lizzie which is understandable but they shouldn’t control who she is with." Lizzie was never a part of the Peaky Blinders, she was initially introduced as John's love interest who was later recruited by Thomas as his secretary. However, the Shelbys never considered her to be a part of the company or the family, and for the most part, she was treated like a side-kick. "She's not a "gang member" she just happens to work for Shelby Limited, that's meant to be the "legitimate" part of their company but they impose their gang rules upon it however I'm sure even if she left the company they'd still try control her life choices."
However, now that Lizzie has given birth to Thomas' child, the Shelbys will probably consider taking her in- if not as a family, at least as a close friend. In fact, fans would love to see Lizzie become Thomas' wife. "If Lizzie becomes Tommy's wife I will be super happy!! She deserves to be his wife more than any other woman! This girl selflessly loved him no matter what. Her sacrifices were incredible. Lizzie represents all of us, the Tommy fangirls. If we can't get him, let her. "
'Peaky Blinders' returns on BBC One in 2019, and the original cast will be joined by Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy, Brian Gleeson, Neil Maskell, Kate Dickie, Cosmo Jarvis and Emmett J Scanlan.