'Peaky Blinders': With John missing from the scene, Michael might turn out to be the perfect descendant
Arthur will certainly miss his youngest brother, John, but with Polly's son, Michael, making it as Thomas' right hand, the dynamics might change
Director Anthony Byrne has been giving us some behind-the-scenes glimpses of the fifth season of BBC One's show created by Steven Knight, 'Peaky Blinders'. Starring Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Helen McCrory as Polly Gray (or Aunt Polly), Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby, and Finn Cole as Michael, the fifth season will probably see the Shelby family legitimize their illegal business of gambling and automobiles since, by the end of the fourth season, Thomas was already elected as a Member of the Parliament.
Byrne has been posting images which give us a glimpse of what can be expected in the fifth season. In one of the images Michael, Arthur, and Thomas seem to be sharing a secret joke as they were caught laughing on camera. The three had developed an exceptionally strong bond in the fourth season, immediately following John's (played by Joe Cole), the youngest Shelby brother's, death. With John moving out of the picture, Michael is the only other person who Thomas can trust with business. Unlike his brothers, Arthur and John, who were more than often driven by their temper than their rationale, Michael has proved to be far more stable.
Polly certainly did not want her son to get his hands dirty, but Michael proved to her that he is a true Shelby and ever since, he has been helping Thomas with the business. However, towards the end of the fourth season, he was made to leave for America on Polly's orders as she did not want him to encounter Luca Changretta (played by Adrian Brody) who had come down to Birmingham to seek his own vendetta.
It seems Michael will return to fill up John's shoes and maybe he will do a better job. On the other hand, Arthur who was deeply affected by John's death had feigned his own injuries in the fourth season to help Thomas create the perfect trap for Luca.
Along with his religiously determined wife, Linda, Arthur has certainly managed to remain the Grand Duke of the Shelby family. It can be assumed that among all the Shelbys, Arthur will probably find it most difficult to cope with the business without John since the two brothers were more than just partners in crime. They were alike.
Both of them lacked a steady nerve, and unlike Thomas who is usually calm in a difficult situation, both of them are quite quick in pulling the trigger. In one of his posts, Paul Anderson had posted an image on Instagram which he captioned: "Look closer for the ghost of my brother John he stands right in the middle of me and Tommy always with us! @theotherjoecole congrats bro @bifa_film."
Arthur will certainly miss John, but we can expect Michael will serve as the perfect "Red Right Hand" for Thomas. With a new son and new responsibility, Thomas is now left with the job to legitimize Shelby's automobile business. Michael can spearhead the entire agenda since he has been handling the finances of the family along with Polly. We will know more about how Michael turns out to be a perfect Shelby when the series returns in late spring, 2019.