Peaky Blinders fans were not disappointed when the BBC drama finally returned to the small screen and there was plenty to unpack in the first episode of the sixth and final series.
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Peaky Blinders returned with a bang – literally – on Sunday night, and the first episode of season six did not disappoint.
Not only did fans get an update on most of the family, viewers also got some information on the loss of Helen McCrory – who played Aunt Polly – and a glimpse of a sober Tommy Shelby .
The following article contains spoiler warnings for the first episode of Peaky Blinders season six.
The first season of the final season begins with Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) trying to comfort Tommy (Cillian Murphy) as he accepts that he may not be able to beat Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin).
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Tommy then attempted to take his own life in the muddy grounds of the estate after hallucinating when his late wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis) came to visit.
Unbeknownst to him, Arthur had unloaded the gun – and Tommy lived to see another day and go about his business as usual.
Here are five things we learned from Peaky Blinders Series 6 Episode 1…
Tommy Shelby is sober
It was a day we never thought would come, but Tommy Shelby is gone.
Viewers were shocked to hear the gangster refused a glass of whiskey when he revealed that he gave up alcohol 4 years ago – following the death of his aunt Polly.
In one particularly tense scene, Tommy tells a group of French men: “I’m not going to drink your toast because four years ago I swore to quit drinking.
“Since I quit drinking, I’ve become a calmer and more moderate person… but sometimes, in moments of personal conflict, I can use my old ways,” he says. added while swinging the gun.
It’s uncertain whether Tommy will keep his alcohol-free lifestyle going for the entire season, or whether the upcoming series will push him over the edge and towards a bottle.
Arthur has lost control
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Tommy’s hot-tempered brother Arthur doesn’t make much of an appearance in the first episode of season six, but when he does, he doesn’t look great.
Aside from the opening scene, set four years ago, Arthur isn’t sober – far from it.
Not only is Arthur supposed to entertain the kids for Christmas as Santa, he’s also tasked with delivering everyone’s presents – but he gets drunk on the stairs instead.
A later scene of the episode reveals that Arthur has indeed been on drugs – and clearly has an addiction problem.
It’s uncertain what the future holds for Arthur, but Tommy has threatened dealers not to sell to his brother anymore, so hopefully he can get him back on the straight and narrow.
Aunt Polly was murdered
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Following the death of actress Helen McCrory in April 2021, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight wrote her character of Aunt Polly out – and paid homage to her perfectly.
Unfortunately for Tommy, it seems like Aunt Polly was simply collateral damage to some of the decisions he made the night he tried to kill Oswald Mosley.
Episode one sees Tommy receive a phone call from an Irish woman informing him that three bodies are being released outside his home so he can “send them to heaven”.
“We’ve made some changes to the structure of your organization,” she continued, as Tommy began opening the body bag.
“Ever since you started building your empire, you’ve had a crutch to lean on… last night we kicked that crutch. From now on, you’ll be us.
‘Please note that Mr. Shelby dying for his people is his own responsibility because he has always failed to understand his own limitations,’ she added before hanging up.
Judging by Tommy’s appalling reaction, Aunt Polly is in the third and final body bag, and the following scene shows him and the rest of the family cremating her body and the convoy hers.
Gina has a soft spot for Tommy
Michael Gray’s wife Gina (Anna Taylor-Joy) came face to face with Tommy during his trip to America, and despite some misrepresentation between the pair, there’s also a lot of chemistry.
At one point Gina said flirtatiously: “In the UK, when someone comes this close to Tommy Shelby it’s ‘Oh horror’ or the desire to get down on your knees, open your mouth and say, ‘yes sir’.”
Gina then tries to get the upper hand and tells Tommy that there will be no deal with her uncle Jack, but it all falls on deaf ears when Tommy reveals that he trapped Michael and took him we go to jail.
“My message to your uncle is: If he doesn’t want to buy my opium, I’ll sell it to the Jews east of Boston,” Tommy threatened when Gina replied, “Oh honey, you can Want to start a war?”
Later in the episode, Tommy is seen taunting Michael about Gina’s upcoming visit to London because he hinted that he would meet her and would be “happy to show her the sights.” “.
Michael is absolutely insane at the thought of Tommy getting close to Gina, but will she succumb to his charms or will she stay loyal to her husband?
Michael Gray wants revenge
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Michael Gray has made no secret of his desire to get revenge on Tommy Shelby – and appears to have been furious when he pulled the trigger himself.
Michael blames Tommy for the death of his mother Polly and feels that he owes her to get back at him for her murder.
As they cremated Polly, Michael was heard saying, “Mom, it was one man’s ambition and strategy that caused this.
“And I swear in the name of Almighty God, no matter what happens, no matter how many lies I tell, I will avenge Tommy Shelby.”
In a scene at the end of the episode, Michael appeared to threaten Tommy when he visited him in prison.
“You’re dead Tommy, you’re out of your depths. You’re dead,” he told him, before adding: “When my mother died at the hands of your ambition, you didn’t learned. limitations.”
Tommy sarcastically replied, “I have no limits,” before walking away.
Peaky Blinders continues Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.
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