Peaky Blinders season 6 opens by tidying up the season 5 finale, but then takes the show’s biggest time jump and may set the movie up.
Warning: Contains spoilers for Peaky Blinders season 6, episode 1.
In Peaky Blinders season 6, episode 1, the series jumps several years into the future in a time jump that can perfectly set up the Peaky Blinders movie. Peaky Blinders was originally scheduled to run for 7 seasons; however, it was announced that these plans had changed and that a final film would replace the seventh season. As the film will end the main Peaky Blinders story, there are rumors that a selection of spin-off series set in the same universe may be coming in the future.
Peaky Blinders Season 6 picks up where Season 5 left off as, after his attempted assassination of Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) goes awry, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) contemplates suicide. Back home, he learns that Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen), Barney Thompson (Cosmo Jarvis), and Polly Gray (Helen McCrory) have all been killed. At Polly Gray’s funeral, her son, Michael (Finn Cole), swears revenge on Tommy, setting the tone for the series. A title card then announces that the show is moving forward in time, saying “Four years later”.
This four-year time jump Peaky Blinders season 6 places the new season in 1933, following Tommy’s assassination attempt in 1929. Although this gives plenty of time for Tommy to grow into a new man and for Michael to gain the power to set them up as rivals interesting for each other, it also sets the series up for the finale Peaky Blinders movie. Creator Steven Knight revealed that the plan was still to have the show span the period between the two world wars, starting with the end of World War I in 1919 and ending with the first siren of World War II air raid in 1939. giving Peaky Blinders season 6 a full four-year time jump, Knight brought the timeline close enough to the start of World War II that the film could reasonably be set in the era with its own time jump without being too far from Peaky Blinders season 6.
While each season of Peaky Blinders included a time jump to make the transition Peaky Blinders and the Shelby Corporation into a new era, Season 6’s time jump is the biggest yet. Peaky Blinders season 1 was set in 1919, series 2 jumped forward two years and spanned from 1921 to 1922, and season 3 jumped forward another 2 years to 1924. Peaky Blinders season 4 broke with tradition by starting in 1924, then moving forward two years to 1926 with a similar framing to season 6, while season 5 skipped three years to 1929. In addition to open with the series’ biggest time jump Peaky Blinders season 6 still has the option to include more time jumps that will bring it even closer to 1939 and the fatal end of the Peaky Blinders chronology.
While it will be necessary for the Peaky Blinders the film ends in 1939 to fulfill Steven Knight’s original plan, it doesn’t have to start there. 1939 is still six years ahead of Peaky Blinders season 6, meaning it would still open with a new franchise-record time jump. However, it’s unclear how long the film will cover. It’s possible the film is an intense look at a short period of the Shelbys’ lives, or it could bring the Peaky Blinders story to a close beginning earlier and seeing a series of time jumps through the years to a finale in 1939.
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