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Our Elodie Cure presents a comprehensive series review of Peaky Blinders, which airs on BBC 2. Heading into its fourth season, the show is winning over new fans left and right.
Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD
Anchored in historical reality and inspired by true events, the show depicts a ruthless world of gangsters striking in Birmingham where the Peaky Blinders reign supreme. Nicknamed as such due to razor blades hidden in the lining of their peaked cap, the Shelby family devote their full time and attention to a large range of criminality and some delectable action-pack visuals.
Let’s get one thing out of the way: Peaky Blinders doesn’t go for subtleties. Between blood effusions, ravaging treasons and sneaky schemes, it’s clear that this drama is not to everyone’s taste. Yet, it is with a certain guilty pleasure that we completely plunge into this outlaw world brilliantly carried by a three-star primary cast (Sam Neill, Tom Hardy & Cillian Murphy).
Skilfully, the creator Steven Knight, has managed to give a real identity to the series from the first minutes. This unique DNA has been maintained and even amplified throughout the two first seasons. But its now time to speak about the last season, released this year and aired some weeks ago.
Did the new adventures match the expectations of the fans?
Season two ended with the ambitious leader of the Shelby family, Thomas, narrowly avoiding the execution at point-blank range. The following episodes then begin with his wedding two years later. If the new season opens up on a festivity, we must not wait long for the story to darken and that Tommy faces his own demons. It was also high time for the almighty Shelby clan to pay the price for their previous actions.
Once again, the angel-faced gangster embodied by Cillian Murphy remains in the heart of the plot. Seldom have we encountered such a fascinating and complex character than Thomas Shelby. Switching from brutality, compassion and cruelty, he has marked the audience thanks to his extreme cold-blood, his determination and more than everything, his undeniable charisma. In the third season, our anti-hero is subject to rough ordeals and notably has to deal with the early death of this wife. Tommy is reduced to a shadow of his former self and we assist powerlessly to his fall. In one of the great strengths of the show, Cillian offers an incredible performance and reaffirms that he is one of the most promising actors of this generation.
Noteworthy as well, was the comeback of Tom Hardy in the form of Alfie Salomon. He gives a masterly acting part in a one to one confrontation with Cillian before an explosive final. While the last episode enjoys a fortuitous velocity after a rather slow season, the closing cliffhanger is unexpected. Most of the Shelby members are imprisoned following Tommy’s delation and the fans are left puzzled by his apparent betrayal. With no doubts, this arrest belongs to a long-time thinking plan, but which one ?
How will Tommy win back his family’s trust?
Fiendishly efficient, this last season arouses numerous questions regarding the destiny of our gangsters and renders the wait for the audience unbearable.
For three years and despite rather dubious methods, the Peaky Blinders have managed to win the hearts of a large public. Offering a festival of uninhibited actions, the show is orchestrated with vigour and audacity. It has recently been renewed for two more seasons.
So, for those who haven’t tried watching it yet, grab your peaked cap, your gun and meet me in this lawbreaker world.
You won’t be disappointed.
Elodie Cure is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter @Elodie_Cure.
Yes, it’s good to be bad. Cillian Murphy proves it in this delectable series of gangsters.