The BBC has shared the first trailer for season 5 of Peaky Blinders, and it looks as though we are set for a pretty big death – or at least what we will think is a death.
The minute long trailer shows Cillian Murphy, who plays main man Tommy Shelby, cradling a body next to a burned out car, looking pretty devastated.
Aunt Polly then approaches holding a gun up in the air. It could be a death, or it could be another Arthur Shelby style cliffhanger, where we think one of the main characters is a gonner, but they’re actually not.
In season four, Tommy tricked not only everyone at the fixed fight, but also the entire nation, in to thinking that lovable tearaway Arthur was dead. It turned out it was just one of his morally questionable and also illegal ploys to make money – all part of why we love him.
The trailer was shared today by BBC, which tweeted: “Power comes at a price. Get ready for the new series of #PeakyBlinders, coming soon to @BBCOne and @BBCiPlayer.”
According to the series synopsis, for our next instalment of the show we will see the world ‘thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929’.
“Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere,” the summary explains.
“When Tommy Shelby MP is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.”
Tommy cradling what looks like a body. Credit: BBC
In the new trailer we get a few good glimpses of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) under his new political guise, having become an MP for South Birmingham.
It doesn’t look like the Peaky Blinders’ boss is particularly enjoying his new career is a politician.
In the trailer, he says: “There is God, and there are the Peaky Blinders.
“We own the ropes, who’s gonna hang us now, eh?”
Speaking on the BBC Sounds’ Obsessed With… Peaky Blinders podcast, creator Steven Knight goes into detail about the thought process behind the new season and how it reflects ideals of the time.
He said: “It’s the early ’30s and it’s the first stirrings of fascism and nationalism and populism and there’s particular politicians that were happy to stir that up and make use of it and get votes from it.”
With no release date confirmed, Knight has made clear that we won’t be disappointed.
Speaking to TalkSport back in February, he said: “I can honestly say that it [season five] is the best yet. It’s really good. It’s fantastic and it all fell together beautifully. Great performances and I think audiences are going to be on the edge of their seats.
“I did some research because the new series starts in 1929. In that era, some of the most notorious gangs were in Glasgow. This [season] is about a particular gang called The Billy Boys, who become an issue for our friends in Birmingham.”
Peaky Blinders will return soon to BBC One.