The Peaky Blinders season five finale left us all with one of the biggest cliffhangers possible – who betrayed Cillian Murphy’s gang leader Tommy Shelby? We knew it’d be a long wait until we found out who ratted on him to his political rival Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin), but coronavirus had other ideas.
But season five and six director Anthony Byrne, revealed it’s “unusual” for a TV drama to end with such suspense.
“You don’t see cliffhangers like that in TV dramas, it’s very unusual,” he said in a recent online Q&A.
“In Peaky, there is usually a beginning, middle and an end and then it would start again and the show would jump forward a few years.”
He noted that there was a lot of discussion about keeping it the same as the first four series and providing viewers with an ending that was clear and definitive.
The failed assassination attempt drove Tommy to put a gun to his own head as visions of his beloved Grace (Annabelle Wallis) taunted him.
And while we know he doesn’t die at the hands of his own pistol, is it a telling sign that he will meet his maker later on?
We already know the show isn’t scared of killing off big characters – pfft John Shelby (Joe Cole) – remember that heartbreak?
John was killed off at the beginning of season four when the brothers tried to flee the Changretta’s.