The sixth hit BBC gangster series Peaky Blinders draws to a close this Sunday, as rumors swirl about the drama’s return in film form, questions linger over the TV show’s ending – including frontman Tommy Shelby meets his maker?
Peaky Blinders comes to an end on Sunday night.
But the question on everyone’s lips is: will Tommy Shelby die? And if he does, who or what will kill him?
Loyal fans of the BBC series have been given a lifeline to see their hero again with rumors that a Peaky Blinders movie is in the works and is set for release in 2023.
Creator Steven Knight previously hinted that the BBC drama could continue in another form with or without lead character Cillian Murphy.
“The story of Small Heath and the Shelby family will continue,” he insisted. “There may be worlds that are part of Peaky’s world that relate to someone else, but there [Tommy] is the center around which everything orbits.
Does this mean Tommy gets the boot to pave the way for a new generation of Peaky Blinders?
Here are all the questions to be answered when the final episode of Peaky Blinders airs on Sunday, April 3.
Does Tommy Shelby die?
Throughout season six, we heard the haunting voice of Aunt Polly, the late actress Helen McCrory who died of cancer last year.
“There will be a war and one of you will die, but which one I cannot say,” Polly warned from beyond the river.
There’s no shortage of potential suspects who want Tommy dead, with Polly’s son Michael Gray repeatedly stating that he planned to kill the Birmingham gang’s leader.
Viewers saw Tommy frame Michael and have him imprisoned in America. Michael is also seeking revenge for the death of his mother – who was killed in a hit about the Peakys, viewers have found out, as Polly had to be cut from the show.
Other characters with a motive include Boston gangster Jack Nelson, Michael’s wife Gina’s uncle, and fascists Oswald Mosely and his future wife Diana Mitford – if they find out Tommy tried to frame them all this time.
Tommy’s wife, Lizzie, may also be suspected after learning that her husband had slept with Diana.
The Barwell Gypsies, who Tommy opened fire on in revenge for the death of his daughter Ruby, may want him even more dead after murdering several of their family members in episode four. Ruby died of tuberculosis, but Tommy believes it was the result of a blue sapphire-related gypsy curse that caused his wife Grace to be killed in season three.
A new character who only appeared in episode four is Tommy’s long-lost son, Duke, who was rejected by his father. So could he be about to get revenge in the finale?
Or will Tommy’s death be of natural causes, as doctors have diagnosed him with a tuberculosis-related brain tumor and told him he has only 18 months to live.
The only other option is for Tommy to commit suicide. We’ve seen him point a gun to his head several times since Peaky Blinders aired in 2013. Once he even pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t fire.
Will Michael succeed in overthrowing Tommy?
Michael, dubbed the mastermind of the family, has been in prison for all of season six so far.
But at the end of episode five, he was told he would be released if he agreed to kill his uncle Tommy Shelby.
After starting a new life in America with his wife Gina, he plans to expand the family drug business to the United States.
He and Gina offered to lead the expansion in return for a few million pounds a year as they would take all the risk.
When Michael brings up his proposal at a family reunion, Tommy throws his plans into the fire.
But does Michael now have the chance to finally get what he wants – or will he be double-crossed by Gina’s scheming Uncle Jack?
What will become of Arthur Shelby, drug addict?
It hasn’t been easy for Tommy’s older brother, Arthur Shelby.
Since returning from the trenches of World War I, viewers have seen him struggle with mental health issues and outbursts of extreme violence.
In recent episodes, Arthur became addicted to opium after his estranged wife Linda left him.
Despite abstaining several times, Arthur just can’t shake the habit and loses his temper, which affects the family business.
Aunt Polly is no longer there to control him. The only thing holding him back is the promise to see his wife Linda again.
Tommy tells him he’s in touch with Linda and he can make it happen as long as he gets off the drugs. But what will Arthur do when he discovers that Linda is just going along with it since Tommy is paying her?
• Watch Peaky Blinders on BBC at 9pm on Sunday April 3 or find the series so far on BBC iPlayer
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