Some older characters are reincarnated in the season, serving as a great surprise for the audience
Season 5 of Peaky Blinders finally dropped on Netflix on October 4, and the latest instalment of the highly anticipated BBC One gangster show was well worth the wait.
Each and every episode of the season is filled with suspense and drama, set in gritty post-World War I England.
Created by Steven Knight, the show has gone from strength to strength in terms of cinematography, sound design, musical score, and acting. Personally, I have not seen such beautiful camera work in a TV series for a long time.
The series used a “vertigo shot” to great effect in almost every episode of the 6-episode fifth season, and the attention to detail from the show’s creators should be a subject of analysis for film school students and aficionados.
In the first episode, Black Tuesday, the Shelby family find themselves in a financial crisis. Ringleader Tommy Shelby also faces new danger from unexpected enemies.
Gina Gray is introduced as Michael‘s wife in the second episode, Black Cats. Gina’s character brings new tension in the Shelby family and a conflict of nationality, as Gina is an American.
Strategy, the third episode of the season, highlights fascist Mosley (Sam Claflin), who causes trouble for Tommy in parliament. The brutal and ruthless Mosley is brilliantly depicted by Sam Claflin.
The tension and forged professional relationship between Mosley and Tommy continues in the remaining episodes, bringing the audience to a cliff-hanger season finale.
Besides Mosley, Billy Boys is another enemy the Shelby family faces, losing a few allies in the process.
Tommy’s meeting with Winston Churchill demonstrates the fear of fascism throughout the Europe in that era. The Gypsies’ beliefs and lifestyle is another fascinating chapter explored in the season.
The last episode, Mr Jones features family drama and tension. However, the episode ends with a myriad of questions, including who betrayed Tommy in his master plan to stop Mosley from spreading fascism.
Tommy’s character has grown more complicated emotionally and has more responsibilities on his shoulder than in previous seasons, and Cillian Murphy’s performance as Tommy is phenomenal as in previous years. Aunt Polly, played by Helen McCrory, is a magnificent example of a strong female protagonist.
In an interview, Cillian Murphy said: “Tommy thinks only him and Polly are the smart ones in the Shelby family.”
Some older characters are reincarnated in the season, serving as a great surprise for the audience.
I was left on the edge of my seat at the end of the last instalment. Now, the fans have to wait and develop fan theories until the next season. Peaky Blinders Season 5 deserves 4.5 stars out of 5.