Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight has confirmed he has drawn back from the original plan to end the story at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Peaky Blinders

The award-winning BBC crime drama is set to return for a sixth and final season, before ending with a film to wrap up the story.

While Knight had previously planned to end the story at the start of World War II, he has now revealed that he plans to go through the conflict instead in the Peaky Blinders movie.

In a recent interview with Empire, Knight said:

“It was always Britain between the wars – how the lesson from one war was not learned and was repeated,”

“It’s also the end of empire: we enter the Second World War and by the end of it, there is no empire, really.”

“But I… have revised the scope of what it is. It will now go into and beyond the Second World War. Because I just think the energy that is out there in the world for this, I want to keep it going, and I want to see how this can progress beyond that.”

“I think of this sixth series as the end of the beginning. I don’t know what’s gonna happen until I get to writing.”

“The way I tend to work is not to plan, and I think if I did plan, I wouldn’t be able to do it. Just sit at the keyboard and if you know the characters well enough, let ‘em loose and see what they say to each other. Let the dialogue guide the plot.”

Knight revealed last year that the big-screen outing would start production in 2023, with the filming ending the story completely.

Meanwhile, ahead of the final season, star Cillian Murphy recently teased the tone of the final episodes, telling Rolling Stone UK:

“I think it’s going to be very intense. The word we keep using is ‘gothic.’ Yeah, it’s going to be heavy!”

Here’s the trailer for the final season:

Murphy is back as Tommy Shelby, seeking a means for the titular Birmingham-based clan to finally rest.

Returning as well are Tom Hardy, Paul Anderson, Finn Cole, Anya Taylor-Joy and Sophie Rundle, among others. Stephen Graham also appears. Co-star Helen McCrory passed away in April this year.

peaky blinders season 6 poster

An air date has not yet been announced, although the final season of Peaky Blinders has been teased for early 2022.

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