As Season 5 of draws to its conclusion, I feel like we haven’t really had time to digest the madness of what’s going on in the volatile life of Birmingham’s favourite son, Tommy Shelby. After entering Parliament as MP for Birmingham South and trying to survive the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Tommy is still battling to become truly ‘legitimate’, going so far as associating himself with the worst person in politics at that time, Oswald Mosley.
Even though this week’s episode ended with the revelation that Tommy intends to have Mosley assassinated at a British Union of Fascists rally to stop him plunging the country into chaos, history tells us he won’t succeed, even if the Blinders universe tends to take liberties with real history. So it’s likely Tommy and Mosley’s toxic relationship will continue well into Season 6.
We found out recently that Steven Knight, who has written every episode of the show since Season 1, is working towards ending the show for good with Season 7, but according to an interview he gave at the aptly named Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival in Birmingham last weekend, the beloved characters’ stories won’t end there.
‘I’m writing series six at the moment. That’s almost done,’ Knight said.
‘Then I’m going to do series seven, then I’m looking at spin-offs, maybe a movie. It’s up to us. It’s up to the people involved.’
Spin-offs do appear to be all the rage at the moment, with HBO similarly releasing details about a potential Game of Thrones spin-off focusing on the history of House Targaryen, as well as a confirmed prequel starring Naomi Watts that has been in production for some time and set during the Age of Heroes, roughly 8,000 years before the events of Thrones. But unlike them, Knight has no intention of doing any prequel stories in a Blinders universe project.
When asked about a potential prequel taking place before Season One in 1919, Knight was sceptical on the basis that actors would have to reprise their roles after their characters had been dramatically killed off.
‘You can’t kill a character who can show up in the series,’ he said. ‘The problem with prequels is you’re limiting yourself as to where it can go.’
He’s not wrong. Many writers have attempted prequel spin-offs without really taking into consideration how major new characters could affect the plotlines of future, and unless you have the excuse of being a confusing timey wimey sci-fi show like Doctor Who, reactions to these awkward retcons are largely negative.
Potential theories as to what a spin-off show might entail include the fate of John Shelby’s widow, Esme the Gypsy Princess, and their kids, which comes after actor Aimee-Ffion Edwards revealed she would reprise the role if Knight found a good way to bring them back from their travels with the Lee family.
Meanwhile, speculation is rife that Liam Gallagher might end up with a cameo at some point in the next couple of seasons after Knight and Season 5 director Anthony Byrne produced a Blinders-esque music video for the singer, which was played at the festival.
Check it out:
But Knight doused the rumours with an explanation that they only produced the video so Gallagher would perform at the festival, claiming:
‘He [Liam Gallagher] said, “if you do my video, I’ll do the festival”.
‘In terms of appearances we’ve always had a lot of incoming interest, but what I’m trying to not do is populate the scene with people who are known for other things, because I think it’s quite distracting.‘
I think we all remember tuning into the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 7, only to be confronted with Ed Sheeran as a Lannister soldier. So yeah, perhaps it’s better to leave the acting to the professionals …
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