Everything you need to know ahead of Peaky Blinders Season 3
So, Peaky Blinders returns for its much anticipated third season tonight at 9pm on BBC Two. You’ve seen the adverts, heard the rantings and ravings of friends who are hooked on the antics of Thomas Shelby and his fellow mobsters, and know it’s got Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. You want to join in on the watercooler chatter, but still don’t feel qualified to jump in on the new season without a proper rundown. Don’t worry, we’ve got what you need to know before embarking on season three of Peaky Blinders, right here, right now.
1. The show is set in 1920s Birmingham, and centres around ultimate bad boy mobster Thomas Shelby (Murphy); leader of the infamous Peaky Blinders gang, who sew razor blades into the peaks of their caps, and well, blind people via headbutting. Lovely.
2. The story so far has followed Tommy’s ambitious efforts to secure ever greater power for the Shelby family. Season two concluded with the Peaky Blinders gaining the upper hand on the coppers by performing an elaborate scheme to secure their control of the races. By now they have expanded their empire North and South, while keeping a tight grip on their Birmingham heartland.
3. Season three is still a Birmingham story, but expect a more global scope this time around, as the terror of the Peaky Blinders has consequences beyond UK borders when Tommy is pulled into a ‘glamorous and dangerous world of international intrigue’.
4. The last season of the show saw Tommy torn between two women; horse trainer May Carleton, who assisted him with his race track scheme and can offer him significant power, and Grace Burgess, a former undercover agent working to bring Tommy and his gang down, whom we now know is pregnant with his child. Season three will open with Tommy’s wedding – we’ve seen the pictures, and it looks GLORIOUS. But who has he chosen as his bride?
5. Tom Hardy will return. In spite of his many big-screen commitments, the actor will reprise his role as magnetic Jewish gang leader Alfie Solomons, so we can all expect to get very, very hot under the collar once (twice, three times) again.
6. Paddy Considine is joining the cast. Playing a character named Father John
Misty Hughes, we’ve been warned that the Macbeth star will play “the representative of a force beyond anything Shelby has previously encountered”. We can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeve.
7. Sam Neill’s a goner. After his character Chester Campbell was shot in the heart by Aunt Polly last season, the Jurassic Park star apparently won’t be returning in the episodes to come. While we wouldn’t put it past the show to resurrect him, it makes sense that Considine’s Father Hughes would take up the mantle of stuffy Shelby antagonist this season.
8. The series is unlikely to end after this season. Showrunner Steven Knight has spoken out about his long term plans for the show, saying: “I’ve got an ending where [Murphy’s character] is Sir Thomas Shelby, and it’s the start of the Second World War. The first siren goes off and that’s it”. Considering the first season took off from 1919, we’re still quite a way off 1939. So there’s no better time to jump into Peaky Blinders than tonight at 9pm on BBC Two!
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