Cillian Murphy, the leading star of British TV series, Peaky Blinders, thinks the show might go beyond the currently confirmed 5 seasons!
It was previously believed that Season 5 will be the last of the hit TV series.
Season 4 of the historical fiction thriller, Peaky Blinders, ended with a bang in December last year. It bagged extremely positive reviews and the plot was well received by the audiences. The season 4 of the series has the best ever rating – of 8.8 – on IMDB, and a smashing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The final episode of season four was broadcast on 20th December last year, with an IMDB rating of 9.5. Looking at the success of season 4, BBC Studios ordered season 5 of Peaky Blinders on 26th of May, 2016. It was announced after the season finale that the next season will premiere in 2019.
In an interview with Radio Times in February 2017, the creator of Peaky Blinders indicated that season 5 might be the series final season, which left fans rather dismayed.
“Never say never, but we feel that [series] five may be the last,” Knight says. “We don’t know for sure. We will see how we feel about it. Peaky is one of those things everybody loves, and the response has been so magnificent on both sides of the Atlantic.”
He said he had definitely figured out a conclusion for the show, and that it was just a matter of how and when.
“I have got the end in my mind; whether that happens at the end of five is the question,” he said.
He further added, “I want it to end when the first air raid siren sounds in Birmingham.”
But before you let yourself be all sad and gloomy, here is something that the series’ leading actor and antagonist, Cillian Murphy, said; this will keeping you second guessing Steven’s quote.
In an interview with Film School Rejects, Murphy said that he’d be happy to play ‘Tommy Shelby’ for as many seasons as he can.
“I think it will find its natural conclusion, and I think we’ve been very, very lucky that the show has, in my opinion, gotten better incrementally, which is very unusual. I feel like we’ve improved each year,” he says.
Cillian also believes that the series deserves a well written and natural ending. No haste should be made in concluding Peaky Blinders because of the progress it has made in the past couple of years.
“You’d be a fool to walk away from writing this good. The other thing about it is that I only work for four months a year on this show, and then I have a year off, so I can go and do other things.”
Murphy called Peaky Blinders his ‘dream gig’ and believes that it is one of the best shows he has ever been part of.
“So it’s kind of a dream gig because you can get to play other characters and explore other ideas and other concepts in between times. I trust in Steve Knight that creatively he will know when to bring it to its natural conclusion.”
Cillian Murphy, when asked about the show’s recent success in US after it’s release on Netflix, praised Steven and the cast of Peaky Blinders for their efforts.
“I think that for everybody involved in the show—from Steve Knight, the writer, to Katie Swinden, the producer, to myself and all the cast.”
“The thing that we’re most proud of is the fact that the show has reached this level of connection purely by, as you say, word of mouth. And people talking about it and people saying, ‘you should watch this show,’ because the BBC doesn’t advertise, you know?”
He said that it was well received by the viewers for its plot, and wasn’t aggressively promoted or marketed using some ‘formula’.
“It grew organically. It was not being shoved down people’s throats, it just connected. If people had a formula for that. But there’s no formula. It’s just sometimes something strikes a nerve—something connects—and this one did, and we were very, very lucky. We are always surprised and hugely impressed by the dedication and the love from the fans. It’s special.”
Let’s hope that Cillian Murphy is right on the money and he does, in fact, gets to play Thomas Shelby for many more years!