'Peaky Blinders' Season 5 preview: 4 iconic scenes from the BBC One show to remind us of the brilliance to come
The show stands on scenes that have made it iconic, and we would totally love to see something similar, by order of the Peaky Blinders
Creator Steven Knight declared 'Peaky Blinders' has wrapped up its shoot for Season 5, and the show is set to return to BBC One, this May. Starring Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Joe Cole as John Shelby, Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons, and Helen McCrory as Aunt Polly, the show has been declared by its fans as, probably, the coolest show on TV. It follows the notorious Shelby family who leads the street gang, Peaky Blinders, as they rule Small Heath in Birmingham.
Each season sees the Shelby family fighting against another street gang, and Thomas Shelby - who is a former war hero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder - is at the center of it all. With his elder brother, Arthur, and younger brother, John, Thomas leads the Shelby family in business, bookmaking, and gambling.
The three brothers, and several other characters such as Alfie Solomons, have given us instances that have made the show iconic in its approach. From slitting their enemies eyes with blades, to marrying the women they love, the Shelby brothers do it all in style.
As Season 5 is just around the corner, here are four scenes from seasons past as we expect to see some more iconic scenes in the upcoming season that might add to our list below:
1. The return of Alfie Solomons
It is only the Wandering Jew who can get away with honking in front of the Shelby mansion at six in the morning. Tom Hardy proved he can easily steal away an entire season's attraction by just being present on screen with a dirty trench coat and broody beard, when his character returned in Season 4. The scene takes place in Small Heath, right outside Shelby's house, when Alfie appears with his boxing champion.
As he permits his champion to take a piss in the already stinking neighborhood, he honks the car explaining it was a part of his morning prayer as a Jew. Immediately after that, we see Thomas briskly approaching him, and the two get into yet another witty conversation about the boxing match, which had formed the climax in the fourth season.
2. No Fighting Kitchen Scene
Season 3 began on a rather uncertain note as we witnessed Thomas and Grace (played by Annabelle Wills) finally tie the knot. However, right before taking his vows with Grace, Thomas had a moment of anxiety in the kitchen. The gangster was already worried about the wedding that would have guests from both the military and the street gangs of Birmingham, which meant people of law and the criminals would have their dinner at the same table.
In the already tense moment, Thomas gathers all the Peaky Blinders for one last meeting before the wedding, and for the first time, he yells, "No f*****g fighting!". While the rest of the gang nodded in agreement, Thomas himself lost his calm and pushed one of the cooks when he accidentally stumbled on Thomas' foot. We know what happened after that, it was anything but a wedding.
3. Thomas Almost Died in a Grave
Over the course of the four seasons, we have seen Thomas almost hang on the verge of his own death, but miraculously return with some strategy or the other. However, none of those can be compared to the last scene from Episode 6 in Season 2 where Thomas was almost convinced about his death. Surrounded by three other comrades, who had already dug his grave, he reluctantly confessed his love for Grace and spoke about his fears while smoking a cigarette which Murphy effortlessly turned into an art form.
However, when the time came for him to be shot to death by his comrades, one of them decided to kill off the rest and leave Thomas on the notice that one day they would meet and he would have a job for him. As for Thomas, he struggled to return home not believing he was still alive and still has the chance to marry Grace.
4. By order of the Peaky f******g Blinders, courtesy Arthur
Arthur's cocaine habits have led him to some drastic situations, but nothing compares to the massacre he created in Eden Club in Season 1. As a part of their conflict against the gangster Sabini, who owned Eden Club, Arthur led his army of peaky blinders, along with his youngest brother, John, in order to take over the place.
Infamous for his brutality, in his intoxicated state, Arthur carried out a mass murder and finally taking the stage he declared, "This place is under new management...by order of the peaky f*****g blinders!" Although the hostility in the scene was gory to its core, Arthur's position as the eldest son of the Shelby family was established by his sheer ability to carry out an entire attack without any strategy but with the force of his command.
'Peaky Blinders' returns to BBC One in late May and will air on Netflix sometime during September.