Peaky Blinders season 5 ending explained: What happened at the end?
Peaky Blinders season six is currently starting production following the terrifying conclusion to the fifth series on the BBC. The final episode saw Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) square up against Sir Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) before ending on a dramatic cliffhanger. After the ending, fans are desparate to know what will happen next in the series – here is a quick round up of everything that happened so far as well as what it could mean going forward.
What happened at the end of Peaky Blinders season 5?
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Peaky Blinders season 5
1. Michael’s plan is revealed
Throughout season five, Tommy has been extremely suspicious that Michael Gray (Finn Cole) is betraying him.
The revelation that he does plan to take over control from the head of the Peaky Blinders confirmed Tommy’s worst fears in the finale.
At a family meeting in the Garrison pub, Michael made a speech that the company should be restructured with him at the top as their drug smuggling expansion made his role the most financially beneficial.
He told Tommy that he would oversee an expansion in America, dealing with his contacts and Gina Gray’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) family, as they don’t want to deal with a “razor gang.”
Claiming himself to be part of the new generation of men unaffected by war, his plan would see Tommy demoted to a hidden associate member.
Tommy rejected the plan but the reveal came that Michael would pursue it anyway and split from his family.
Later in the episode, it was implied that Polly Gray (Helen McCrory) may join him as she handed in her resignation to the gangster.
2. Tommy’s traitor is revealed
While Michael showed his true colours, there was another traitor among his ranks revealed.
In a violent scene, barman Micky Gibbs (Peter Campion) was outed as a leak of information to the Titanic gang in London.
Viewers will remember that in episode five, Arthur (Paul Anderson) and Brilliant Chang’s (Andrew Koji) opium exchange was hijacked by the new gang.
Now it is revealed that the information was coming from the Garrison’s barman as he was revealing information to his sources in London.
As punishment, Tommy brutally shot him in the head, killing him and then burning his body.
3. Alfie is alive
Without a doubt, one of the most shocking moments of the finale was the reveal that Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) is still alive.
Tommy headed to Margate to see the East-End gangster alive and well in his seaside home.
The reveal was that Tommy had not shot him dead but had just hurt him badly in the season four finale.
Tommy then needs Alfie’s help to use some of his Jewish gangsters in London to cause a commotion at Mosley’s rally in Birmingham.
He agrees for a price and the pair strike up another of their unlikely allegiances.
4. Oswald Mosley’s attempted assassination
The episode is all leading up to the moment when Tommy’s plan to kill Mosley is put into action.
Viewers watched as Mosley made his speech while protesters from Alfie’s gang broke in to disturb the action.
His war comrade Barney Thompson (Cosmo Jarvis) is in place, ready to shoot him dead but before he can he is shot in the head.
Then just as Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen) appeared to kill Jimmy McCavern (Brian Gleeson), he was also stabbed to death.
Not only does Tommy’s plan to kill the MP backfire, but it also seems that he has a new enemy waiting to attack.
Who they are – as well as who betrayed Tommy’s plan – is not revealed in the episode.
5. Tommy puts a gun to his head
Earlier in the episode, Tommy’s suicidal thoughts are revealed when he is asking about Charlie Strong (Ned Dennehy) about how his mother took her own life.
Viewers see Tommy saw this seemingly play out in the scene at the end of the episode, as Tommy walks into the mist to a vision of his horse and dead wife Grace Shelby (Annabelle Wallis).
Grace says to him: “It’s all done, we can walk away for all of this, it’s so easy.”
Just before the screen cuts to black, Tommy is seen pulling a gun against his head and screaming.
The terrifying moment left viewers wondering whether or not the character is actually dead.
Peaky Blinders season 5 is currently available to stream on BBC iPlayer and Netflix
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