Peaky Blinders fans brand finale a 'masterpiece'

Peaky Blinders season 6
Peaky Blinders legend Tommy Shelby is alive and well... for now! (Image credit: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd./Robert Viglasky)

Peaky Blinders season 6 saw its much-anticipated finale on Sunday April 3, with millions of fans tuning in to witness the thrilling conclusion.

It's been an emotional rollercoaster for fans of the BBC drama, as Peaky Blinders season 6 saw an emotional tribute to Aunt Polly, plus the death of Tommy Shelby's only daughter, and the worrying rise of fascist politician Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin).

Unsurprisingly, the drama was dialed up during the 80-minute finale, starting with Lizzie Shelby (Natasha O'Keefe) finally leaving Tommy (Cillian Murphy) after a series of betrayals, including him sleeping with Oswald Mosley's partner.

But what really had fans on the edge of their seats was a tense showdown between Tommy and his cousin Michael Gray (Finn Cole), as Michael attempted to murder Tommy by blowing up his car.

However, Tommy ultimately won this battle by shooting Michael at point-blank range, telling his cousin he "has no limitations", in a decision that left Peaky Blinders fans floored.

That wasn't all, as Captain Swing (Charlene McKenna) was killed by Arthur Shelby in a particularly dramatic sequence, finally avenging Aunt Polly's death for good and delighting fans everywhere.

We were also relieved to learn that Tommy Shelby isn't actually dying and that his tuberculoma diagnosis had been a ruse, with Doctor Holford tightly connected to Mosley. So our protagonist is safe and well, does this mean we'll be seeing him in the upcoming Peaky Blinders film?

Fans were full of praise for the way Peaky Blinders ended, with the series seeming to tie up many loose ends, at least for now! Taking to Twitter, they were quick to brand the finale "a masterpiece".

Naturally, fans are keen to see what's in store for the feature-length Peaky Blinders film, which we know is in the works. With the introduction of Tommy's firstborn son Duke Shelby (Conrad Khan) in season 6, there's a chance Tommy's own flesh and blood could have a big part in the upcoming film.

Duke's now met the Shelby clan, so we could see a lot more from the unexpected addition to the family, but until then we'll just have to wait for more updates and continue to process the events of that incredible finale!

All episodes of Peaky Blinders are available on-demand via BBC iPlayer.

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress