The Shelby clan is coming back to your living rooms. After two years of waiting, Peaky Blinders season 5 has a very imminent release date. Creator Steven Knight and star Cillian Murphy both spoke up in interviews on what we have in store for us.
Peaky Blinders’ fifth season starts in 1929 with Tommy Shelby having inserted himself firmly in government as an MP. The stock market crash of ’29 is the focus in the beginning of the season. The crash effects the Shelby’s legitimately owned investments, so they have to fall back on their old ways. Knight told Deadline that the season is “partly a response to that, but to things, as ever, that are happening at the time.” And, those other things include the very modern “rise of fascism, racism, nationalism, populism,” that we recognize today. Knight recognizes it, too. He commented on the parallels by saying that each season “seems to have something happening at that time that has a resonance, never more so than in Season 5.”
Knight referred to the political world of the time as “gang war” where “unscrupulous people can rise to the top and that’s Tommy’s own environment.” He also promised love, birth, death (though he refused to say if he was killing anyone of consequence off) and tests of family loyalty.
We can’t wait to see what happens with the Shelbys!! Peaky Blinders season 5 will air on BBC One, August 25th. Netflix has not yet revealed when it will be available internationally. But, that usually happens once each individual season has ended. Stay tuned.