'Peaky Blinders' Season 5: Five times Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomons slayed it on the show
A fan-favorite character, Alfie was killed at the end of season 4 by Thomas and since then fans have been heartbroken over the character's fate in the show
'Peaky Blinders' is set for another season premiere in 2019 and the show will not see the return of actor Tom Hardy as Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons. The show, which is set in the aftermath of World War I, is inspired by the real-life criminal gangster of the same name. The show stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby Jr and Helen McCrory as Polly among others. One of the fan-favorite characters, Alfie, was killed at the end of season 4 by Thomas and since then fans have been heartbroken over the character's fate in the show. Many had hoped that Solomons would return in some form in the upcoming season, but show creator Steven Knight recently confirmed to Radiotimes that 'Peaky Blinders' will move forward without Alfie.
"I personally believe – and I think everybody involved believes – that this is the best series yet, for all sorts of reasons. There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot of bells ringing, there’s a lot of conflicts happening." On Alfie's character, he said, "It’s like when Sam Neill (who was part of season 1 and 2) was no longer in it. That felt like a loss, but you move on. You have to."
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So before we bid goodbye to Alfie, here's a look at five best scenes featuring him in the show.
1. Alfie Solomons returns
The most recent season of Peaky Blinders featured a scene where Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen), a Roman hitman for hire, comes face to face with Alfie Solomons for the first time in the presence of Tommy Shelby. Alfie puts the "pikey" with a weird hair cut in his place, and in the meanest way possible, resulting in fans applauding the character's return in season 4.
2. Shallom Arthur
Some of the best scenes featuring Alfie are dialogue heavy and Tom Hardy delivers it with such conviction that the dry humor in each of his sentences only hits audiences harder. The episode where Alfie goads Arthur, just before the robbery, is outright hilarious. In fact, Arthur walks in, takes a look at Alfie and tries to leave before Tommy stops him from doing so.
3. Alfie meets Luca Changretta
The time Luca Changretta meets Alfie in the episode titled 'The Duel' and tries to proposition him, Alfie shushes him like a little kid and shows how Luca doesn't worry him in the least bit. His nonchalant behavior gets on Luca's nerves and Alfie calls him a "failure", further adding to the insult. This happens to be one of the scenes that encompasses Alfie's character wonderfully.
4. Alfie confronts Tommy Shelby
The sixth episode of the third season of 'Peaky Blinders' is the best scene featuring Tom Hardy. This scene is brutal, not visually but Alfie rants at Tommy about the many lives that he has destroyed so far in the name of his ambition. This confrontation is only bested by Alfie's last scene in the series.
5. Alfie's death
The scene where Tommy deals with Alfie and confronts him about the betrayal is unexpectedly a wrenching scene. Alfie refuses to look at Tommy until the moment that Tommy pulls his trigger.
The fifth season of 'Peaky Blinders' is expected to premiere in 2019 and will see Tommy take the position as a Member of Parliament. The show will switch over to BBC One, while it was previously aired on BBC Two.