Let's Discuss That Crazy 'Peaky Blinders' Season 5 Finale (2023)

Let's Discuss That Crazy 'Peaky Blinders' Season 5 Finale (1)

This post contains major spoilers up through the Season 5 finale of Peaky Blinders, obviously. Proceed with caution.

Peaky Blinders loves a dramatic cliffhanger season finale. Remember that time Tommy Shelby sent his entire family to jail??? But the plot threads left dangling in the fifth-season finale, "Mr. Jones," make it the British series' most ambiguous ending yet, and sets the stage for countless hours (and maybe even days!) of wild speculation about what went down. This will almost certainly vex millions of people until the next season arrives at some distant point in the future(hopefully 2020), even though weknow a decent amount about Season 6 already.

Have you finished Season 5 yet? If the answer is no, GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW -- shoo!!! But if you're ready, let's see if we can't solve the mystery of the traitor -- or traitors! -- in the Shelby family's midst, and attempt to decipher what it means for Season 6.
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Tommy's big plan for the end of this season was to off his political rival and frenemy Oswald Mosley, a fascist smack-dab in the middle of Parliament who, as it turns out, is almost literally Hitler. (And he was a real guy, by the way! Weird that we never learn about British Hitler in high school anymore.) Tommy broke an old war buddy named Barney, who was an expert sniper, out of a psychiatric asylum so that he could shoot Mosley during a Nazi-esque rally. But, if you've seen the very end of the episode, you know that this plan failed, tragically. In the mayhem, Shelby ally Aberama Gold was also taken out by a masked, stabby assassin.

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Like Tommy, I have no idea who's behind the plans-thwarting betrayal, and opinions about whodunnit vary wildly online. The Season 5 finale is a departure for the show, which generally wraps up with one of Tommy's unlikely, brilliant plans working out precisely the way he'd planned, or close to it. But this time, there's no neat ending and, until Season 6 arrives, we probably won't know for sure who the traitor is. Let's separate the possible finks from the red herrings, and try to circle in on who might have beaten Tommy at his own game.

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Billy Grade

Why it might be him: In a gaffe that super-bully Arthur would have pummeled him for, youngest Shelby bro Finn unfortunately let slip a choice bit of intel to the very reluctant football-match fixer Billy Grade -- namely, that "they're shooting a fascist tonight." Immediately after Finn leaves (for where? where the hell was Finn even going?), we see Billy reaching for the wad of cash and then the telephone. Could that mean he knows someone close to Mosley and was about to tip them off about a potential shooting, or was he making a call to another would-be Tommy thwarter? It's vexingly unclear. But given that Arthur has essentially made him an indentured servant, I wouldn't be surprised if he was an informant for another party.
Why it might not be him: For one thing, Billy is fully aware of what would happen to him if Arthur found out he was the mole. But Billy also wouldn't know Barney's sniping location, given the incredibly vague info that Finn (stupidly!) divulges. Furthermore, just prior to picking up the phone, Finn handed him a wad of cash and told him to call up some girl to take out -- he may have merely been setting up a hot date.
Verdict: Red herring. He doesn't know enough.

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Johnny Dogs

Why it might be him: According to Aberama Gold earlier in the season, Johnny Dogs was the only other person who knew where Aberama was camping with his son Bonnie when the murderous Billy Boys showed up. Did Johnny tip them off? By extension, could that indicate he might be compromised and working with Mosley in some capacity? In the finale, he's backstage along with Arthur and Aberama but he's the only one of the three who isn't attacked by a masked assassin. And he does obviously know where Barney's sniping location is. Also: Tommy explicitly states earlier in the season that Johnny Dogs is the only person he can trust, which could be foreshadowing.
Why it might not be him: Nothing happened in Season 5 that would point to Johnny wanting to betray Tommy, and in fact, he didn't seem upset with anything the Shelbys were doing all season. Tommy saved his life when Aberama beat Johnny with a hammer and didn't seem to mind when Johnny later used his home office to have sex with the newest member of the Shelby kitchen staff. And in the finale, Johnny seems genuinely appreciative to get the bonus for taking part in the Mosley assassination plot.
Verdict: Red herring. Johnny Dogs is super-loyal.

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Michael Gray &Gina Gray

Why it might be him/her:Few characters this season have inspired as many theories as Michael's new American wife, Gina. That's largely due to how little is known about her background and how pointedly antagonistic she is to Tommy, Polly and others from virtually the second she meets them. Not helping matters: Michael, who had been handling the Shelby investments and business affairs overseas, married her on the voyage to Birmingham, allowing Gina (and writer Steven Knight) a convenient means of cloaking her maiden name. Could it be... Changretta? Doubtful -- even Michael would have enough sense to steer clear of a Changretta. but it wouldn't exactly be surprising if a big reveal about Gina's background were on the agenda for Season 6; maybe she's a long-con-playing, vengeance-seeking daughter of Adrien Brody's tiltingly behatted Luca Changretta using an alias or somehow affiliated with the Spinietta crime family. More likely, she's working with Mosley in some capacity, given how attentive she always seems to be during Shelby family meetings, and how, at Tommy and Lizzie's party, she already knows that Mosley is a baronet when Michael points him out -- and how she later exchanges a knowing look with Mosley during the weird ballet performance. (Many fans have theorized that she is also the mostly unseen woman Mosley has sex with in his dressing room before his speech, but that makes zero sense logistically or logically.)One final point in favor of Gina being involved with thwarting Tommy's assassination plot: her final speaking line of Season 5, right after Tommy rejects their proposal and tells Michael and Gina to leave, is "Guess we're going to be forced to take the second option."
Why it might not be him/her:It's too obvious. Michael is clearly rising against Tommy but seems to prefer doing it by the "rules," or he wouldn't have put together a prospectus. It's possible he's in league with the IRA -- remember the phone call Tommy received from a Northern Irish operative who claims Michael was scheming against the Shelbys. But there's not much else besides that call to go on (although perhaps the IRA is Gina's "second option"). The few details that have trickled out about Gina, like that she has a New York-based family who is very experienced in distributing drugs, and her influencing of Michael to blow up his relationship with Tommy, makes me certain that something is up with her. (Many fans have also posited that Gina may be lying about being pregnant, but there's no verifiable proof of this and I can't see how that would make much strategic sense for her in the long term.) Whether it all adds up to thwarting the Mosley assassination is another thing, as Gina wouldn't have known where the sniper was, either, since that conversation took place after she and Michael had left the chaotic family meeting where they made their proposal to restructure/take over the Shelby organization.
Verdict:Red herring. I will say that Michael and Gina likely havesomething to do with undermining Tommy, but I'd also bet that "the second option" doesn't actually refer to what went down at the Mosley rally.I'm also not convinced that Michael knows the entirety of what Gina's up to, if she is, in fact, up to something, and that he might not be too happy when he does find out her full agenda.

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Polly Gray

Why it might be her: Polly has had doubts about Tommy before and did predict that either he or son Michael would die if the two of them went to war with each other. She also delivered her resignation the same night as the rally, and listened to the radio broadcast in a seemingly anxious and wistful way. But a seemingly small yet curiously timed question from Winston Churchill at the outset of the finale about who killed Inspector Campbell, and Tommy's response Polly did it, makes it theoretically possible that Churchill is putting the screws into her somehow, and to avoid prosecution, agrees to help stop the plot against Mosley. That would be a wild twist -- but it also corresponds to another fan theory relating to that smaller second meeting Tommy convened with Arthur, Johnny Dogs, and Aberama Gold where he revealed the assassination plot and who Barney was. Two moments during that meeting has led some to theorize that Polly was still at the pub: a shot of Tommy looking at her smoldering cigarette, which previously had not been there, and a shot that implied that someone may have been watching Tommy and the others in the mirror from a hiding place.
Why it might not be her: She does seem to be fed up with Tommy's way of doing business and is concerned about losing her son in a power struggle. Her resignation seems legit. It's also interestingly timed, following both the larger family meeting and Tommy's second, smaller strategy meeting. But family is the most important thing to Polly -- she'd go to prison before giving up a Shelby to save her own skin, especially if it was to stop the killing of a fascist (which she'd be much more likely to be in favor of), and especially one who behaved so atrociously at Tommy's party.
Verdict: Red herring. She fights for her family, not against, despite the resignation.

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Winston Churchill

Why it might be him: The Season 5 finale began with an intriguing meeting between Tommy and the future British Prime Minister, making his first appearance since Season 2. They discuss boats, digging gardens, and the best way to eradicate weeds -- it's all an elaborate metaphor about, I believe, the proper method of ridding society of its problematic elements, a.k.a. Mosley but also possibly the Shelbys. Churchill seems to have deduced that Tommy hasn't been palling around with Mosley for genuine reasons and gets Tommy to all but reveal the assassination plot. The cigar-chomping politician also inquires about who murdered Inspector Campbell (Tommy tells him that Polly did it) and suggests that he should visit them in Birmingham someday. Mosley also mentions in his speech that Churchill recently denounced him from the floor of Parliament, which could be inferred to mean that he'd prefer to neuter Mosley in the political arena, rather than allowing him to be martyred. Finally, the men who took out Barney and Aberama, and very nearly Arthur, appeared to be well-trained and stealthy in a secret agent kind of way.
Why it might not be him: There'sa pretty good chance that Churchill might have something to do with thwarting Tommy's assassination plot. But there's also a good chance that he doesn't. For one thing, it's unclear why he'd bother, as he also shares Tommy's concerns about Mosley. Yes, he might be worried that martyring Mosley could help fuel the rise of fascism in England, and he may want to school Tommy about how things are done in politics. But why would his men target Aberama and Arthur? And why would a real-life character who pops up only briefly play such an enormous role in the outcome of the season? It doesn't make a lot of sense narratively.
Verdict: Red herring. Cool cigar, though.

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Alfie Solomons

Why it might be him: I mean, he betrays Tommy every goddamn season, and his surprise return in the finale is his first appearance since Tommy shot him in the face and left him for dead.
Why it might not be him:Why would Alfie stop the assassination of a fascist spreading hatred about Jewish people? Especially with Tommy paying him and his army of protesters cash to carry out his side of the bargain? A bigger strike against his involvement in thwarting the assassination is that Tommy is the only person in the biz who seems to know that Alfie is alive, and Alfie genuinely seems to be loving his low-key new lifestyle in Margate, where he sits and watches ships passing through one lens of his binoculars -- all that would be lost by betraying Tommy in a scenario like this where Tommy isn't targeted to be killed. And I'll paraphrase myself -- forgive me: "Why would a character who pops up only briefly play such an enormous role in the outcome of the season? It doesn't make a lot of sense narratively."
Verdict: Red herring. But it's very good to have Alfie back!

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Tommy Shelby

Why it might be him: Okay, okay, I know. It's insane. But is it???? On one hand, Tommy's grasp on reality has been deteriorating throughout this season, what with him smoking as much opium as his lungs can handle and those increasingly disturbing visions of his dead wife, Grace. Could he have some weird Jekyll and Hyde thing going on, sabotaging himself without even knowing?? It's a stretch, but stranger things have happened, although maybe not on Peaky Blinders. On the other hand, he could be knowingly busting up his own plan to ferret out a rat in his organization.
Why it might not be him:OK, the hallucination plotline isn't viable, so let's rule that out. But in terms of purposely thwarting himself: Why would Tommy go through the trouble of breaking Barney out of the mental institution, hire Alfie to send minions to Birmingham to stage a riot, and rage so hard after his plan goes pear-shaped if he's behind the thwarting? It makes no sense.
Verdict: Red herring. A Fight Club situation would be so dumb.

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Oswald Mosley

Why it might be him: All season Mosley proved his ability to know, well, everything, while also pretending not to know anything. He's a master manipulator whose been at least a step, and probably more like three steps, ahead of Tommy since the Season 5 premiere. He dismissed the concerns of his security chief Jimmy McCavern about Peaky Blinders members being spotted in the building and also the rumor about a posse of Jewish men seen coming up from London. Did he know about the potential assassination before taking the stage, thanks to his army of spies? He did seem to be responsible or in cahoots with whoever was responsible for Ben Younger's death by car bomb, which could have been carried out by the IRA (which popped up briefly earlier in the season in that phone call with Tommy), or the shadowy Section D organization (which was introduced in Season 3 and also mentioned in a Season 5 episode). The latter, although more likely to be something Winston Churchill would have influence on than Mosley, was a real-life agency tasked with carrying out clandestine operations and likely employed the kind of people who used silencers and have the ability to deftly stab someone like 100 times in 10 seconds (R.I.P. Aberama). But the big thing that points to Mosley: It makes the most sense.
Why it might not be him:In the dressing room afterward, Tommy screams to Arthur that Mosley didn't know anything. Maybe he didn't!
Verdict: Mosley did it, right? So far, he's the only man that Tommy hasn't been able to beat.

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FAQs

Who was the traitor at the end of season 5 of Peaky Blinders? ›

Billy Grade (Emmett J Scanlan) is revealed to be the informant or 'black cat' that betrayed the Peaky Blinders. In the last season, Finn informed him that Tommy had devised a plan to kill Mosley, and it was happening that night.

What did Tommy whisper to Duke? ›

That whisper is the semi-public admission that Tommy is shaking his blood-stained hands with Duke, and expecting him to carry on his dark deeds.

What did Tommy Shelby say at the end of season 6? ›

“I am back. Back from underground,” Tommy goes on to tell Holford. For a character who had been built so much around his experiences during the First World War, this was a way to mark a rebirth for him.

What happened at the end of season 5 Peaky Blinders? ›

Michael told Tommy that Polly's death was his fault, to which Tommy said Polly still visited him in his dreams. "She'll visit me no more," Tommy said as he pulled the trigger and shot Michael through the eye. Tommy then retreated into nature, planning to take his own life before illness took him.

Who betrayed Aberama Gold? ›

There's a theory on the Internet that Johnny Dogs, resentful of Aberama Gold's connection to the Shelbys, is the ultimate traitor. After all, Aberama had accused him of treason before and ended up being murdered in the attempted coup.

Who betrayed Tommy at the end? ›

Peaky Blinders season 6, episode 5, confirmed that Billy was the one who leaked Tommy Shelby's assassination plan to the IRA. Billy meets his end at the hands of Duke, after Finn refuses, in the Peaky Blinders season 6 finale.

What mental illness does Tommy have? ›

From the beginning, Tommy has struggled with what we now understand as post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from his time in World War I. In Season 6, he suffers from seizures, with his body reflecting the inner turmoil wrought from fighting at home and abroad.

Why did Finn betray Tommy? ›

Because he failed the test set for him at Arrow House and chose his friend over his family.

Why did Tommy throw away his medals? ›

Tommy gained the rank of Sergeant Major in WWI. He was awarded several medals for gallantry after returning home and is said to have fought bravely during the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of the Somme. The medals were no consolation. Polly tells Grace that Tommy threw them in the Cut after returning home from war.

Does Polly sleep with her son? ›

Polly goes to see Ruben Oliver when portrait's finished and they have sex. The following day, Polly learns that Michael plans to kill Father Hughes and why Michael asks to do. Polly grieves over her son's pain, but she doesn't want her son to become a killer.

Why did Tommy say peace at last? ›

As Tommy considers killing Holford, a clock tower strikes eleven. Tommy then says, “Eleventh hour. Armistice. Peace at last.” The statement is an allusion to the First World War; Armistice was declared on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—11/11/1918—marking the end of the war.

Why did Tommy give the sapphire away? ›

She said that the sapphire was indeed cursed, she could feel the curse burning through her hand. Tommy left the stone with her, and she shouted after him that from now on, he would be blessed with good fortune.

Who is the man Tommy Shelby Can't defeat? ›

Michael Gray is the man that Tommy Shelby cannot defeat - not because Tommy is incapable but because the cost of doing so is Tommy's soul.

Was Finn a traitor in Peaky Blinders? ›

The final straw was Finn turning his back on them all, and trying to shoot Duke. A member of the family. He betrayed them." While fans agreed that Finn certainly needed to face repercussions for his betrayal of the family, many agreed that his punishment was a little too harsh.

Who is the mole in peaky blinders season 6? ›

Billy and Finn arrive at the mansion where Isiah and Duke are waiting for them. They reveal that they know Billy is the mole and kill him.

When did Lizzie sleep with Mosley? ›

Mosley suggested he'd slept with Tommy's wife Lizzie Shelby (Natasha O'Keeffe) during her days as a call girl and a nightclub hostess in Birmingham. He went on to offer an indecent proposal, requesting to sleep with Lizzie when he came around to Tommy's house.

Is Johnny dogs a Lee? ›

Johnny Dogs (1884-) was a Northern Irish gypsy and a member of the Lee Family and Peaky Blinders gangs of Birmingham, England during the early 20th century.

How did Billy betray Tommy? ›

Tommy is left wondering who betrayed them. Peaky Blinders' season 6 episode 5 confirmed that Billy Grade was the "black cat" who outed Tommy's assassination plan to the IRA.

Who killed Polly? ›

The Season 6 premiere reveals that Aunt Polly was killed off-screen by the Irish Republican Army during the attempted assassination of Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) in the Season 5 finale.

Was Michael betraying Tommy? ›

In season five, Tommy was plagued by dreams that a “black cat” was coming for his crown, and suspected Michael was the traitor. Rightly, as it turned out.

Is Aberama gold dead? ›

After the murder of his son, Aberama begins plotting his revenge on Bonnie's murderer, Jimmy McCavern. He and Polly eventually become engaged. During an ambush plan on McCavern, Aberama is ambushed and stabbed to death by the IRA.

What were the gypsy words Tommy's daughter was saying? ›

Lizzie: When she was delirious, she kept saying these gypsy words. 'tickna mora. tickna mora o'beng. ' Over and over again.

What was cut out of Tommy's mouth? ›

Darby Sabini's introduction — having his goons beat Tommy to within an inch of his life, then opening his mouth, ripping out one of his teeth, and cutting his cheek. The attempted rape and beating of Ada from the same time period.

What mental disorder does Arthur Shelby have? ›

Arthur Shelby, as well as many of the other Peaky Blinders gang members involved in the war exhibit symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks, distressing memories, nightmares, and triggers like loud sounds.

Who is the GREY man Peaky Blinders? ›

However, the Peaky Blinders finale exposed Dr Holford as The Gray Man. Dr Holford had been the family doctor for three years but had a fierce hatred of Gypsies. The doctor was recruited by Sir Oswald Mosley (Sam Clafin) to convince Tommy he was dying. Dr Holford was always seen in a grey suit and possessed green eyes.

Why does Tommy rub the cigarette on his lips? ›

The leader of the Peaky Blinders, Tommy Shelby, rubs cigarettes over his lips before smoking so that the filter does not stick.

What did the end of Peaky Blinders mean? ›

He's able to make peace with his family, including a newly clean Arthur, before setting off to die. Oh, and his illegitimate son, Duke (Conrad Khan), joins the Peaky Blinders. But that fire with all of his possessions is Tommy's last tie to his criminal life, so once his effects are destroyed, he'll be free and clear.

Did the priest break Tommy's jaw? ›

The episode's violent turn came when Paddy Considine's deeply sinister priest Father John Hughes got the upper hand in his conspiratorial chess game with Tommy, having the Shelby leader's jaw crushed and drugging him.

Did the real Peaky Blinders serve in ww1? ›

Here's a look at the real military units and occupational specialties each character is said to have served in during World War I. The Shelbys of Peaky Blinders never existed, but the units the fictional characters served in were real.

Why does Tommy have blades in his hat? ›

The peaky blinders members with razor blades sewn into their caps would headbutt enemies to potentially. Alternatively the caps would be used to slash foreheads causing blood to pour down into the eyes of their enemies causing temporary blindness. Thanks for the A2A.

Did Polly's lover betray her? ›

Polly trusts him in the end and starts sharing a secret about the murder of Chief Inspector Chester Campbell. When Charles Shelby is kidnapped, Thomas makes her believe that Ruben betrayed her. However, Ruben comes back and makes it clear that whatever she's been told is not true.

In which episode Polly dies? ›

In the opening of Peaky Blinders' sixth season, it's revealed that Polly has been killed by the very same people who ruined Tommy's assassination plan against Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) in the season 5 finale.

Who betrayed Tommy Shelby season 5? ›

Nelson told Billy: “I hear you're in the informant inside the Shelby organisation.” Again, his words compounded Billy's guilt and underscored he was the one who betrayed Tommy.

Why did Mr Churchill save Tommy? ›

He saved Tommy's life so he could serve the crown, mainly by carrying out assassinations. Tommy now feeds his twinkly old ally intel on the fascists. Churchill has been portrayed by a tag-team of actors: first Andy Nyman, then Richard McCabe, now Neil Maskell.

Does Tommy know that Grace betrayed him? ›

Polly and Thomas realize that Grace betrayed them. Polly visits Grace at the Garrison Pub just before she is about to leave. Grace pulls a gun on her and tells her that as an agent of the crown, she has the right to use force if Polly won't get out of her way.

What does Tommy do after Ruby dies? ›

Tommy seeks revenge for Ruby's death

The little girl quickly became sick with a cough and died. Esme tells Tommy that Evadne likely cursed Tommy's own daughter to die at seven years old. After Ruby's funeral, Tommy finds Evadne to exact his revenge on her and several of her people.

What was Ruby saying Peaky Blinders? ›

The final scene saw Lizzie telling Tommy that their daughter, Ruby, had fallen ill with a fever, and had been repeating the Romani words, "Tickna mora o'beng".

Does your wife know the sapphire she's wearing? ›

Seconds before Grace is shot, Russain heiress Tatiana Petrovna tells Tommy, "Does your wife know that sapphire she's wearing has been cursed by a gypsy? Nothing on Earth would make me wear it."

Did Polly from Peaky Blinders died in real life? ›

The Peaky Blinders Cast and Crew Share Their Memories of Helen McCrory. The actress, who played Polly on the show, passed away last year at the age of 52.

Who is the strongest enemy in Peaky Blinders? ›

1) Oswald Mosley

The world of Peaky Blinders is full of vicious murderers and violent gangs, but the leader of the Fascist regime, Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin), poses a multifaceted threat that is relatively unmatched by many of Thomas Shelby's other enemies.

Who did Finn Shelby marry? ›

Mary Shelby (née Bone) is the wife of Finn Shelby.

Why was Finn kicked out of Shelby's? ›

From one brother to the other, Finn Shelby (Harry Kirton) is banished from the family for his role in bringing a traitor in Billy Grade (Emmett J. Scanlan) into the fold. Finn promises vengeance on Duke Shelby (Conrad Khan), Tommy's firstborn son and heir, ordering him banished by order of the Peaky Blinders.

Who betrayed Aberama gold? ›

There's a theory on the Internet that Johnny Dogs, resentful of Aberama Gold's connection to the Shelbys, is the ultimate traitor. After all, Aberama had accused him of treason before and ended up being murdered in the attempted coup.

Why did Michael betray Thomas? ›

After his Mother Polly is murdered by the IRA due to Tommy attempting to assassinate Oswlad Mosley Michael blames Tommy for her death and declares revenge against him. Throughout Series 6 Michael plots to kill Tommy. After being framed by Tommy and thrown in prison.

Does Lizzie sleep with Mosley? ›

Oswald Mosley's Many Mistresses

He reveled in the knowledge that he slept with Tommy's wife, Lizzie (Natasha O'Keeffe), when she was a sex worker, but Tommy has also done his research and knows Oswald has been cheating on his wife with her sister and step-mother.

Who is the villain in Peaky Blinders season 5? ›

That is, until season five debuted, introducing Oswald Mosley, the latest villain for the Shelby family to face off against. Unlike Tommy Shelby's previous adversaries, Mosley, who will continue to be a thorn in Birmingham's side in season six, is based on an actual historical figure.

How did Tommy know Billy was the informant? ›

After Jack Nelson violently forced Billy Grade into becoming an informant for his operation, somehow Tommy found out (possibly because Billy was passing information to Gina Gray, whom Tommy had surveilled and was blackmailing over her adultery with Oswald Mosley).

Why did Michael betray Tommy? ›

After his Mother Polly is murdered by the IRA due to Tommy attempting to assassinate Oswlad Mosley Michael blames Tommy for her death and declares revenge against him. Throughout Series 6 Michael plots to kill Tommy. After being framed by Tommy and thrown in prison.

Who was the mole in Peaky Blinders? ›

They reveal that they know Billy is the mole and kill him. They tell Finn that he is banished from the family and he hits back saying that he'll come for them. Laura and two others arrive at the Garrison to kill Arthur, but he's been waiting for them.

Who killed Polly in Peaky Blinders? ›

The Season 6 premiere reveals that Aunt Polly was killed off-screen by the Irish Republican Army during the attempted assassination of Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) in the Season 5 finale.

Who kills Alfie? ›

In the finale of Season 4, Alfie Solomons was shot and presumed dead at the hands of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).

Who is the man Tommy can't defeat? ›

Michael Gray is the man that Tommy Shelby cannot defeat - not because Tommy is incapable but because the cost of doing so is Tommy's soul.

Who betrayed Tommy about the tunnel? ›

Alfie betrayed Tommy to the Economic League by ratting out Tommy's plans to tunnel to the strong room to steal the jewels.

Who was Billy an informant for? ›

William O'Neal (informant)
William O'Neal
OccupationFBI informant/operative
Years active1967–1970s
Known forInvolvement in the killing of Fred Hampton
Political partyBlack Panther Party (as an infiltrator)
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Is Finn Shelby a traitor? ›

Following this, Finn was deemed a traitor in the ranks and as a result was largely absent from future family plans. In the final episode, Finn was kept in the dark about Tommy's plans for his manor home and was shaken when Duke Shelby (Conrad Khan) announced he had to kill Billy.

What mental illness does Tommy Shelby has? ›

From the beginning, Tommy has struggled with what we now understand as post-traumatic stress disorder, stemming from his time in World War I. In Season 6, he suffers from seizures, with his body reflecting the inner turmoil wrought from fighting at home and abroad.

Who is the most powerful gangster in Peaky Blinders? ›

Notorious members. The most powerful member of the Peaky Blinders was a man known as Kevin Mooney. His real name was Thomas Gilbert, but he routinely changed his last name.

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