'Peaky Blinders': Thomas Shelby is set to face new challenges in Season 5, 4 reasons the show can't return fast enough
From the sassy style of the roaring '20s to the garage rock music of the '90s, 'Peaky Blinders' has it all
Creator Steven Knight's 'Peaky Blinders' has just wrapped up its shoot for the fifth season, and we can already tell the Birmingham gang is returning with a whole new aura. Starring Cillian Murphy (as Thomas Shelby), Helen McCrory (as Aunt Polly), Sophie Rundell (as Ada Shelby), Paul Anderson (as Arthur Shelby), and Finn Cole (as Michael), the show has been following the Peaky Blinder gang led by the Shelby family.
As the family's chief income comes from their business of gambling and automobiles, Season 4 saw Thomas Shelby climb up the social ladder to become a Member of Parliament - something he chalked in order to legitimize the family business.
It is expected that Thomas will face one of his greatest enemies this season, and this time the stakes will be much higher. Other than its compelling story, 'Peaky Blinders' is a show that has managed to live up to almost every standard - an amazing cast, relatable characters, and the innovative style of the '20s.
We certainly cannot wait to get back to the visual pleasures the show provides. So, here are the top four reasons why 'Peaky Blinders' need to come back on TV soon:
1. A Gangster to Die For
Cillian Murphy was already a beloved bad guy, ever since he played the role of Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan's 2008 movie, 'The Dark Knight'. With his role as the head of the Shelby family, Thomas Shelby, Murphy has been redefining the whole anti-hero persona.
Thomas is a man who does not blink an eye while murdering his enemy but at the same time his greatest weakness lies with his family. Over the last four seasons of 'Peaky Blinders', the war-hero-turned-gangster has truly redefined the whole concept of anti-heroes with his merciless yet sensitive nature.
2. Re-defining the coolness of the Roaring '20s
As one of the most jazzed-up decades of the previous century, the 1920s were the times between the two deadliest wars in human history. It was also a time, when for the first time, women were picking up jobs that were mostly tagged to men.
With the men out at war, women were now handling businesses, and other jobs, while at the same time maintaining a balance between their family and the nation. The '20s were also a time of liberal fashion. Clad in much shorter, low-waisted dresses and revealing styles, the women for the first time were not shying away from the casual and haphazard mixture of conservative styling and liberal clothing.
3. The most lovable villains
No villain can ever live up to the dark wit and unpredictable charm of the wandering Jew, Alfie Solomons. Not only was he the perfect antagonist of the show, but he also created a whole new genre of villains. Alfie was Thomas' enemy as much as he was a friend.
Unlike Luca (played by Adrien Brody), who had a very single-shaded relationship with Thomas that involved revenge, Alfie was Thomas' comrade at war before the two parted ways for business. Their relationship actually added an edge to the show as it gave us a chance to not only witness Thomas as a gang leader but also as a friend to an enemy.
4. Killing it with the Red Right Hand
Among the other things 'Peaky Blinders' has given us, the one best thing about the show is its music. Nick Cave's sultry song 'Red Right Hand' is the perfect fit for the Birmingham gang. The gothic melody completely serves the purpose of setting the mood for a stingy 1920 murderous lane.
Johnny Cash's 'Danny Boy', which was used in Episode 2 of Season 1, reflected Thomas' shattered memories of his childhood and highlighted his ongoing internal conflict. Similarly, Laura Marling's 'What He Wrote' was just the song for Aunt Polly when she was subjected to inhumane torture by Inspector Campbell in Season 2. Come season 5, we will be looking forward to the music on the show.
'Peaky Blinders' returns this year towards the end of Spring on BBC One, and it will be one hell of a ride.