We're nearing the end of the road for Peaky Blinders, as the acclaimed series will end with its upcoming sixth season. Production on the final season has already begun, and news of the show coming to an end was announced by creator and writer Steven Knight in a statement released on the official website.
"Peaky is back and with a bang," Steven Knight says. "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 adds, "Along with our wonderful, supportive, partners at BBC and Netflix, we have been working diligently to ensure we can get 'Peaky' safely back into production; the safety of our cast and crew is always our priority. Thank you to all the Peaky fans who have been so unwaveringly supportive and patient. Series six marks the end of an epic story that has entranced audiences since it first started in 2013, but the world of Peaky Blinders will most definitely live on."
Tommy Bulfin, an executive producer for the BBC, also stated, "We are very excited that filming for Peaky Blinders has begun and so grateful to everyone for all their hard work to make it happen. Steve's scripts for series six are truly remarkable and provide a fitting send-off which we are sure will delight fans."
Knight commenting that the story will continue outside of the TV series seems to suggest a spinoff, perhaps with a Peaky Blinders movie or a follow-up series. The writer previously told NME in 2019 that they'd think about doing a movie after the planned seven-season show had ended, but that spinoffs were also a possibility.
"There's still a lot of energy in it and places it can go. We've been thinking about spin-offs, and I'm also interested in doing something with the Second World War," Knight said at the time.
Taking place in 1919 and the early 1920s in Birmingham, England, Peaky Blinders follows the Shelby crime family in the days after World War I. Cillian Murphy leads the ensemble cast that also includes Helen McCrory, Joe Cole, and Paul Anderson. Many guest stars have been featured including Sam Neill, Tom Hardy, Paddy Considine, Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen, and Anya Taylor-Joy. The series originally premiered on BBC Two in 2013 and later found greater popularity across the world when episodes began streaming on Netflix.
Already, news of Peaky Blinders ending is leaving many fans of the show feeling saddened. It's bittersweet, as fans have been eagerly anticipating season six to start production, but not everyone foresaw that it would wind up becoming the last season of the show. Back in 2019, Knight said that the plan was to go for seven seasons, and that's what most fans were expecting. Word that we're getting one less season than we thought is a bummer, but fans are still praising the series for the amazing run that it had regardless.
So distraught that we are getting one less season of Peaky Blinders than expected but so happy to hear they are back into production finally. Genuinely think this show will go down as the greatest tv show of all time," says one fan on Twitter.
After directing the fifth season, Anthony Byrne will return to direct the sixth and final season, which is written by Knight. Nick Goding will produce, and executive producers include Murphy, Mandabach, Knight, Byrne, Jamie Glazebrook, and David Mason. There's no word yet on when exactly the new episodes will arrive. This news comes to us from the official website for Peaky Blinders.