'Peaky Blinders': All you need to know about Thomas Shelby's entry into politics and what to expect in season 5
Now that Thomas Shelby is an elected MP, the Peaky Blinders are free to cause any nuisance they want and there will be no one to stop them.
Creator Steven Knight's Birmingham based periodical drama, 'Peaky Blinders', has already been creating quite the buzz in town with its upcoming fifth season. Starring Cillian Murphy (as Thomas Shelby), Paul Anderson (as Arthur Shelby), Joe Cole (as John Shelby), Helen McCrory (as Aunt Polly), and Natasha O'Keefe (as Lizzie Stark), 'Peaky Blinders' follows the infamous Birmingham gang who are notorious for slitting the eyes of their enemies with the blades attached to their blinder caps.
Season 4 saw Thomas Shelby win the election to become a Member of Parliament but he certainly had his own intentions behind it. The Shelby family was breaking down after its intense encounter with the New York-based mafia, Luca Changretta (played by Adrien Brody), and in order to save his family from the prying eyes of the law, there was only one way for Thomas to keep the Shelbys safe while running their bookie business. The infamous gang leader swept a Communist party member off her feet and got himself votes from the entire party which not only made him the president but also let him claim his place as an "honorable" citizen- a massive leap from Thomas' original place in the social ladder.
While the shooting for Season 5 has already begun, and the cast is busy giving fans glimpses into the workings of the fifth season, here are the top three things that you might expect (or not) from the upcoming season, which will probably release in late Spring next year.
1. The Shelby Royals
Now that Thomas is a member of Parliament, we can only expect the rise in their brutality and arrogance since there is practically no one to stop them, and probably Thomas' promotion from being a vigilante to a noble citizen will affect his elder brother Arthur's family, the most. Speaking to MetroUK, actor Paul Anderson confessed that Thomas is now in a position from where he will only get more powerful. "So we’ll all have more cover, we’ll have more opportunity and more protection. And by protection, I mean by society and the police and so on. We’ll be able to get away with things under the guise of, 'we’re politicians, we’re respectable'. But we’ll be able to manipulate things more. Arthur will be even more Arthur. So it will be a lot of fun."
Also, this could mean that Lizzie will finally have a place in the family since she has already given birth to Thomas' child in the fourth season, and now that he is MP he will probably take Lizzie in as he has the power to maintain a bigger family.
2. A miscreant in the neighborhood
With the show currently being based in 1927 Birmingham, Knight has plans of stretching the incidents in the period between the two wars, with the series finale taking place as the first air raid of World War II strikes Birmingham. However, before that Thomas Shelby has some more enemies to face and this time his enemy will be someone from Glasgow. The 59-year-old director has indicated that the legendary Glasgow razor gang boss Billy Fullerton (from whom ‘Billy Boys’, the chant sung by Rangers fans at Scottish Premiership was inspired) will serve as the basic inspiration in sketching out the new villain "who comes south to claim territory".
The director has stated, "We have someone playing a fictionalized version of a real Glasgow character who was around in east Glasgow, Billy Fullerton. The man who ran the Billy Boys. Truth be told the Glasgow gangs were pretty much the most feared so I thought it was time we went north of the border. It’s due to be aired in late spring. It’ll be the best yet.”
3. Goodbye, Old Friends
Season 4 saw the unfortunate demise of the youngest Shelby son, John, who was shot in front of his house by Luca Changretta's men. This means that Joe Cole will not be returning to reprise his role as John Shelby, but we can hope that in instances of flashbacks and memories we will get a few more glimpses of this character. On the other hand, fan-favorite May, the bold rich lady who is not scared of treading on the other side, will probably not return since Thomas is now busy establishing his family with Lizzie and their son. Charlotte Riley, who played the character of May had indicated that there are little chances of May returning as Thomas' love-interest in the fifth season.
She had said, "I don't think that my character will be coming back. I mean, I would go back in a heartbeat [if asked], because I just love it so much." However, we can hope that with the arrival of Anya Taylor-Joy in the neighborhood, maybe a new romance awaits Thomas.
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'Peaky Blinders' is releasing towards the end of Spring next year, and along with the original cast, this time Sam Claflin, Anya Taylor-Joy, Brian Gleeson, Neil Maskell, Kate Dickie, Cosmo Jarvis and Emmett J Scanlan will join the show.