'Peaky Blinders' Season 5 preview: The show can totally do without these characters when it returns in the spring
Hoping Tommy will lead a better if not easier life in season 5, here are the characters the show can totally do away with
BBC One's cult classic, 'Peaky Blinders', is set to return this summer for a Season 5, and there already is quite a lot of speculation over who will return and whom we won't see on the show anymore. Created by Steven Knight, the show saw an influx of characters over the course of the last four seasons, and every character's storyline was entwined with Thomas Shelby's (played by Cillian Murphy) plight to legitimize his family's business of stolen automobiles.
As Season 4 saw Thomas (a.k.a Tommy) take the pedestal of the Communist Party as a Member of the Parliament, we all know the journey from being an underworld gangster to a high-profile government official wasn't quite the cakewalk for Tommy. He lost his wife, his youngest brother was murdered, he lost a considerable amount of profit in his business, but most of all there was always some fellow who either created hurdles for Tommy, or was absolutely useless for his family's affairs. Hoping Tommy will lead a better if not easier life in season 5, here are the characters the show can totally do away with without hesitation:
1. Linda Shelby
Although as Arthur Shelby's (played by Paul Anderson) wife she did try to show him the brighter way of life, Linda (played by Kate Phillips) has often failed to understand the integral bond shared between the Shelby brothers. A religious woman, who knows verses in the Bible like the back of her hand, Linda has time and again tried to persuade Arthur to cut all ties with his family.
Fans too, have expressed their dislike for the character. One fan on Reddit mentioned, "She's so self-righteous. She thinks she's so perfect it's annoying. Trying to change my boy Arthur." Another supported the claim by saying, "Linda, she wants to appear to everyone like a saint but I think she is nothing more than a hypocrite." Good luck, with your wifey, Arty boy!
2. Aunt Polly
Sad to say but looks like after Season 3, the unbending Polly Grey (played by Helen McCrory) has undergone a major downfall. She started off as a woman of her own mind who had held together the Shelby empire when the boys were out in the war. Even when they returned, Polly continued to be a driving force for Shelby Automobile Pvt. Ltd. and also acted as an advisor to Tommy for the longest time.
However, ever since season 3 the character seemed to coil into a rather boring corner where now, we are witnessing Polly Grey as no more than a vulnerable person. A fan on Reddit has claimed, "She's become too emotional, it's plain annoying." Another fan suggested, "She needs to get over herself and her self-obsession. The way she still treated Michael like a boy was annoying and her threat to Tommy how she will 'bring down this organization,' was selfish and emotional."
3. Esme Shelby
There is something terribly wrong with the women the Shelby men have chosen to marry, but in Esme's (played by Aimee-Ffion Edwards) case, we all know John was practically brought tied up to his own wedding. Esme married John (played by Joe Cole), as Tommy decided that John should no longer continue seeing Lizzie.
However, what Tommy didn't realize was that Esme is a simple gypsy with no ambitious dream to make it out of Small Heath, Birmingham. Esme certainly adored John, but she has always despised Tommy and the rest of the family. Time and again Esme had tried to persuade John into leaving the family, and to some extent she succeeded because John finally moved out with her when their child was born.
The show certainly wouldn't be complete without any of these women, but at the same time their presence is annoying. We hope Polly will return with all her charisma once the show returns towards the end of Spring but, as for Esme and Linda, it would be good if we see less of them.