'Peaky Blinders': Season 5 might just see a budding friendship between Ada and Jessie Eden
The two women believe in the similar economic theory of a communism, and their political beliefs are driven by it.
Ada Shelby (Sophie Rundle), the undeclared Communist of the Shelby family in BBC One's 'Peaky Blinders', has time and again indicated her disinterest towards her family's capitalist urges. Her first step towards rebellion was to fall in love with her brother Thomas' (Cillian Murphy) once best friend Freddie Thorne (Iddo Goldberg). This is the point where Ada was introduced to Communism and ever since she has maintained her belief of a classless society, and unlike her brother's monopoly, she believes that the workers should have utmost right to the production of commodity. Ada's beliefs are even more triggered by the presence of the firebrand personality, Jessie Eden (Charlie Murphy).
While in reality, Eden was one of the leaders who had fought for the equal rights of workers, in the Steven Knight- created show she has been reduced to a mere pawn Thomas uses in order to curb the rising revolution in his factory. Thomas had asked Ada to help him persuade Eden to withdraw her revolution, but Ada always knew that Eden would do no such thing. We do get to see the two women, for once in the entire show, talk about their common beliefs and just how much they both despised the capitalistic approach towards ownership of commodity. However, Ada finally succumbed to the fact that she is, after all, Thomas' own sister, and under no circumstance would she want to see her brother fail.
Ada's sheer reluctance to get involved in matters made the path clear for Thomas who later on managed to allure Eden to get into bed with him. Unfortunately, since Eden was not supposed to be the historical figure that she represents, the character immediately fell prey to Thomas' charisma. As a result, he emerged as the President of the Communists and struck a deal with the government where he stated that in exchange of legitimizing his business, he was ready to give away the names of all the revolutionaries. Eden and Ada were not aware of Thomas' plan, all they thought was Thomas was reclining to his older political loyalty towards the Communists since he was himself a practicing communist before the First World War.
In the last scene of Season 4, when Thomas walks out with Lizzie (Natasha O'Keeffe) and their newly born son, after being declared a Member of the Parliament, we get a glimpse of Eden being completely baffled. She stood at a corner and watched Thomas walk away with all his glory, and money, while she and her communist party merely faded into the background. So what will Eden do now? Perhaps Eden will be helped out by Ada, who all this while has not been aware of Thomas' actual plan. Ada only tried to help Thomas curb the revolution at the Shelby Automobile Factory since she did not want her brother to suffer any loss, but Ada didn't have a clue about Thomas' deal with the government.
Chances are Eden will approach Ada to tell her everything that she knows about Thomas. This might even act as a test for Ada, who had even named her son after Karl Marx. Will Ada truly stand against her brother and help out Eden? Will Eden at all inform Ada about the misgivings of her brother? We will only get to know when the show returns with Season 5 this year in Spring.