PEAKY Blinders’ incredibly bloody season finale has left fans shocked – and they suspect old enemy Major Campbell was behind the killings.
The finale descended into a bloodbath, with 25 stabbings in two minutes and the death of four of the members of the Birmingham mobster clan.
Main character Tommy Shelby survived as his plan to kill fascist leader Oswald Mosley failed. Though he could end up killing himself.
Aberama Gold (Aiden Gillen) – who was due to marry matriarch Polly Gray – was stabbed 22 times.
Meanwhile, Tommy’s old friend Barney (Cosmo Jarvis) was shot in the head as a result of the backlash from their failed assassination attempt.
Even the Garrison barman was slaughtered with a shot to the head, while Tommy’s brother Arthur (Paul Anderson) escaped murder by stabbing the assailant.
But fans suspect the bad luck that’s fallen on the gang is a result of season one and two antagonist Major Campbell coming back from the dead.
They also think a civil war is on the cards as the Peaky Blinders are split.
One fan wrote: “I think I’m in shock!! I mean I knew Mosley wasn’t killed in 1929 but never saw any of that coming!! Thinking now Major Campbell is behind it but he is dead!!”
Another said: “Season 6 is really going to be a civil war with polly and gina vs everyone else jesus.”
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A third added: “I’m calling it, Peaky Blinders S6 is going to be a civil war. “The man I can not beat” is Michael, and him and the American-in-laws are going to go up against Tommy and the whole Shelby Family. Alfie Solomon to make a big return (the last bit is more of a hope).”
Major Campbell was last seen at the end of season 2 after being shot in the heart by Polly.
The season finale was called “disgustingly violent” by the cast of the show, who justified the level of bloodshed on screen.
Helen McCrory, who plays Polly, said: “It’s disgustingly violent and it should be.”
Finn Cole, who plays her on-screen son Michael, added: “The guns, the shooting, whatever it might be, the violence is part of the genre.”
The BBC show is expected to return for two more series.
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