Peaky Blinders' season 5 introduces Anya Taylor-Joy's Gina and here's how she could cause tension in the Shelby clan
Anya Taylor-Joy joins 'Peaky Blinders' as Michael Gray's wife Gina. Considering how Polly didn't take it well when Grace Burgees (Annabelle Wallis) came into the picture as Thomas Shelby's love, this time things might be worse
With bigger and bolder plans for the future, Cillian Murphy will be back on 'Peaky Blinders' season five as Thomas Shelby after getting elected as an MP. As he wades through political waters, it will be intriguing to see how his family backs him and what position each member takes to handle the business.
Paul Anderson's Arthur Shelby is back from the dead, and there's hope he may be more responsible now. Harry Kirton's Finn Shelby needs to step up his game to take the place of John, who died last season.
While Finn Cole's Michael Gray might return from the States to overpower his brothers, he also has Gina (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) by his side. Teasing the role of Gina, an official summary on BBC One revealed how Michael falls in love with the American woman while he was based in Detroit, and now they're back in Brum following the stock market crash of 1929.
But, who is Gina really? Little is known about the new character but she seems to be the new party-loving blonde in the Shelby clan. Since she comes from an entirely different background, it will be quite exhilarating to see what Michael's mum Polly Gray (Helen McCrory) has to say about it.
As an outsider in the close-knit family, Gina might ruffle a few feathers. Considering how Polly didn't take it well when Grace Burgees (Annabelle Wallis) came into the picture as Thomas Shelby's love, this time things might be worse. Arthur's wife Linda Shelby (Kate Phillips) suffered a similar fate.
Clearly, there seems to be trouble for Michael. Finn, who plays the newlywed in the show, hinted in a statement how the news might not go down too well within the family. "I think that he’s caught a little bit there. I think that it's complicated because I believe that he’s obviously in love with this woman, and I think that the family does not like outsiders."
"But I think he’s doing it for the right reasons, and I think that he sees the future of this family kind of in the new generation and that's what he believes. Whether or not anyone else agrees with him we’ll have to see as the episodes come out," he continued.
Spelling out how she's bringing "intrigue" to the show, writer and creator Steven Knight told Metro: "There’s a lot going on – but yeah, a lot of intrigue and a sort of new loyalty, where within the family, there’s another family." Adding to that, the family's feud with the New York Mafia in season four makes it all the more difficult for them to be welcoming to Americans.
The first episode of 'Peaky Blinders' season five rolls out on BBC One at 9 pm ET on August 25, and it will shed light on how things take a new turn for the Shelby family.