'Peaky Blinders' Director Teases "Dark" New Character For Season 6

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From Esquire

The next season of Peaky Blinders will see Tommy Shelby come up against a "pretty dark" new female enemy, and that the cliffhanger ending from season five is exactly where the first episode will pick up.

Filming has been put on hold due to the pandemic, but director Anthony Byrne told Digital Spy that there's a lot to look forward to once things start moving again.

"There's a great female character who is new, who is pretty dark," Byrne said. "I haven't seen a character like her in Peaky before. I won't say who she is, but she certainly gives Tommy a run for his money. She challenges him in a different way basically. She's certainly not a protagonist and I don't know if she's an antagonist.

"It's similar to [Oswald] Mosley… she has a similar ideology, and that's challenging for any character, like I've said before… he or she, they don't have guns or a gang, but they have an ideology that's like a virus and it's more dangerous than anything. She's a great character and we're really close to casting her, as well."

The next season will begin where the last ended, with Tommy screaming and pointing a gun to his head on a misty field having conclusively failed to nobble Mosley.

"Yeah, it picks up directly [from season five], the very first image you will see will be back in that field, with Tommy with a gun to his head and then we will move on from there and resolve that amazing moment," Byrne said.

Byrne also reiterated that you can work out who betrayed Tommy by rewatching the last episode of season five very, very closely.

Pressed for three words to describe the next series, Byrne went with: "Pretty fucking epic."

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