Every season of the 'Peaky Blinders' gave us a masterclass on murdering the Shelby way
While sometimes they simply killed for sport, at other times it was carefully crafted revenge which had to be executed
HBO's 'Peaky Blinders' will return with its fifth season this year in Spring and we can expect that there will be a lot of bloodshed this time too. However, since the last four seasons, the Shelby family who lead the Peaky Blinders on the show have been showing us just how precisely each of them is able to carry out a murder.
Murder for the Shelbys is a game, they leave no stone unturned as they practically hunt down their enemies from every corner of Birmingham as though some one has a put a prize on their heads. This inclusion of the prodigious murder scenes has made the show a fan-favorite. Before we watch the Fascists and the Communists get at each other in season 5, let's take a look at the four times the Shelbys taught us what it takes to commit a clean murder:
1. Slicing of the Eye (Season 1)
Although the Shelbys are originally known for their gypsy origins, they somehow don't seem to get along very well with their community. Time and again the gypsies and the Shelbys have been at odds, and Season 1 gave us a glimpse of it when the Shelby brothers faced off with a group of local gypsies. As Thomas (Cillian Murphy) came down to a camp in order to trade horses, his brothers Arthur (Paul Anderson) and John (Joe Cole) got involved in a brawl with the gypsies.
Soon it escalated to a fist fight and the Shelby brothers took off their caps and sliced off their enemies' eyes within seconds. This scene is significant since it is the first time we see the Shelbys carry out a murder in authentic Peaky Blinder style.
2. Polly Hits the Mark (Season 2)
Inspector Campbell (Sam Neil) hated the Shelbys ever since he arrived in Small Heath, but things got personal when the love of his life, Grace (Annabelle Wallis), chose to marry Thomas instead of him. Campbell took every measure to put down the Shelbys, including molesting their matriarch, Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory).
However, Polly soon gets her revenge when Thomas and the gang attack the cops during a horse race where Polly hides herself in a booth and sends for Campbell. Campbell, who is informed that a woman awaits his company, arrives gleefully and is shot in the head by Polly. She continues to shoot him until she is assured that he is no longer breathing.
3. Michael's Revenge (Season 3)
Michael (Finn Cole) was taken away from Polly when he was a baby and for quite sometime he stayed at a foster home where the children were taken care of by Father Hughes (Paddy Considine). Over the course of Season 3, it was revealed that Father Hughes is not exactly the religious man he claims to be.
While Michael was at the foster home, he was molested several times by the priest. However, now that he is part of the Peaky Blinders, Michael has the freedom to carry out his revenge which he did with utter precision. He first sliced Father Hughes' eyes and then shot him in the head. What was most chilling about this scene was Michael's transformation from a naive mama's boy to an actual Peaky Blinder.
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4. Finn, the Late Bloomer (Season 4)
Speaking of late bloomers, Finn (Harry Kirton) had never committed murder. Being protected by his three older brothers, Thomas, Arthur and John, Finn never thought it necessary to kill a man since he knew his brothers were there for it.
However, when Arthur was on the verge of death after an attack at the boxing match, Thomas compelled Finn to rip off the eyes of the man who had killed Arthur. Finn hesitates a little but finally takes off his cap and begins to carefully slice open the eyes of the man. Finn's acuteness was quite similar to Thomas' and this was the scene when Finn truly became a Peaky Blinder.
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'Peaky Blinder' Season 5 arrives in late spring this year, no official date has been confirmed yet.