'Peaky Blinders': Top 3 times Thomas cold-bloodedly murdered for the Shelby family
He never murders anyone for his own entertainment but he kills in order to let the rest of the Shelbys lead a peaceful life
BBC One's 'Peaky Blinders' is well known for its explicit content and one of the many factors which have contributed largely towards attracting a cult-like fan-following is the show's violence. Steven Knight has created the show based on the memories of his grandparents' youth, as they were part of the Peaky Blinders, notoriously known for slashing their enemies' eyes with blades.
While this signature move is carried out by almost every member of the gang on the show, their leader Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) takes things a step ahead when he begins to act like a hired assassin, unlike the other Peaky Blinders.
When it comes to murdering someone, Thomas usually resorts to two ways - either slice open his victims' eyes or shoot them at point blank range. However, unlike his brother Arthur (Paul Anderson), who often tends to murder people by mistake when he is drunk, Thomas kills people for only one reason - to save the family.
Everytime he realizes his family is under threat, or someone is about to betray him and the Shelbys, Thomas doesn't take much time to eliminate that person from his life. As 'Peaky Blinders' season 5 is supposed to get even bloodier, here are the top three murders which proved Thomas only cares about his family and nothing else:
1. Danny Whiz-Bang (Samuel Edward-Cook)
Perhaps one of the most pitiful murders on the show, Thomas killed off Danny because he was unable to control his anxiety. A lot like Thomas, Danny who had fought in the First World War suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and while Thomas' suffering was within himself Danny had reached a point of madness.
Out of sheer anxiety and paranoia, he had shot an Italian, who later turned out to be the brother of Luca Changretta (Adrien Brody), fearing the man was one of his enemies from the war. Thomas, at once realized Danny's action would certainly put his family in jeopardy and he, at once, shoots Danny in the back of the head, while promising him to give him a proper burial. However, we know Thomas actually used Danny's grave to hide weapons.
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2. Eamonn Duggan (Rony Gallagher)
Thomas belongs to no one, not his community, his class, or even the people of his own nation, Ireland. However, what he cares about is the safety of the Shelby dynasty and when he smells an impending threat looming from anywhere, even from the IRA, Thomas does what he does best - he kills. When Irene O' Donnell (Simone Kirby), an Irish woman who was also a member of the IRA (Irish Revolutionary Army), tells him to kill off Eamonn Duggan, another member of the IRA, Thomas at first resists, claiming he does not want to be a part of a political game.
However, Irene threatens him by saying she would expose his truth about the hidden weapons if he does not do so, and Thomas can't risk that since none of the Shelbys knew where the weapons were except Thomas. He kills his own countryman, but does so discreetly so that the IRA continue to maintain their alliance with him and not convict him of the murder of an Irishman.
3. Field Marshal Henry Russell (James Richard Marshall)
Although Thomas wasn't solely responsible for this murder, as it took a political turn when Winston Churchill ordered the leader of the gang to carry it out, Thomas earlier planned on it solely to keep the marshal away from his family. After hiding away the weapons, the IRA and the police were already after the Shelbys and Russell, known for his own share of crime, creating a lot of trouble for Thomas and his family.
Thomas used Lizzie (Natasha O'Keeffe) to lure Russell, so that he would find him alone and vulnerable, making it easier to murder the marshal. In their brief brawl, Russell almost took over Thomas when he managed to throw away his gun and, being swift paced, Thomas snatched away Russell's gun and shot him at point blank range. Russell was the cost he had to pay in order to keep the IRA and the police from his family, as they all wanted Russell dead.
Thomas Shelby cares about literally nothing but his family, and his very urge to see the Shelbys climb up the social ladder, led him to become a Member of Parliament. With so much power, we can be sure there will be more blood on his hands as the show is about to return with season 5 in spring.