Peaky Blinders is coming to an end after its sixth season, which just began production, according to The Hollywood Reporter. BBC started airing the series in 2013. It reached wider audiences and mass acclaim after Netflix acquired US distribution rights in 2014 from The Weinstein Company. The series, created by Steven Knight, has become one of BBC’s most popular dramas. It won BAFTA Television Craft Awards for Direction and Photography & Lighting in 2014 and a BAFTA for Best Drama Series in 2018.
Peaky Blinders follows the Shelby crime family as they rise to prominence in early 1900s Birmingham, England. Led by their savage boss Tommy Shelby, the members of the gang sew razor blades into the peaks of their caps.
What’s Next for Peaky Blinders?
While the series is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean the story is. In a statement, Knight had this to say:
Peaky is back and with a bang. After the enforced production delay due to the COVID pandemic, we find the family in extreme jeopardy and the stakes have never been higher. We believe this will be the best series of all and are sure that our amazing fans will love it. While the TV series will be coming to an end, the story will continue in another form.”
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach echoed those sentiments. In her own statement, she thanked the show’s fans, praised Knight’s scripts, and stated that “the world of Peaky Blinders will most definitely live on.” How the story will continue is unclear. Knight has spoken about spin-offs and a possible film in the past. The show received a companion book in 2019 with behind-the-scenes interviews and photos. Though continuing the story through novels could be a logical next step. Additionally, a puzzle adventure game titled Peaky Blinders: Mastermind was released last August.
Peaky Blinders stars Cillian Murphy (Inception, Batman Begins), Paul Anderson (The Revenant), Helen McCrory (Harry Potter series), and Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard). As the sixth season just began filming, there is no word on a release date yet. What are your thoughts on Peaky Blinders ending after its sixth season? Let us know in the comments below!