Peaky Blinders 5 episode 3: 8 burning questions as Shelbys wage war
Well…that was certainly violent. But then again, with two warring gangs and a slaying to avenge, the Peaky Blinders were hardly going to just have a quiet one, were they?
But there were also some other stings in the tail that no one was expecting, and they could prove to have some dire consequences for everyone involved.
There’s a lot to play with as the show hits its halfway point. (Yup, we’re halfway through the series already, it is moving ridiculously fast). Here’s everything we’re currently thinking about as we wait for episode four…
Will the nuns retaliate?
The Peaky Blinders have one huge line in the sand when it comes to being violent or out for seeking trouble.
Do what you want with the adults who caused trouble, but never ever go after a kid.
So there was going to be fury when they discovered that a foundation that Tommy (Cillian Murphy) set up in the name of his beloved ex-wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis), is now being used to finance an orphanage that’s viciously beating the youngsters in their care.
The evil nuns seemed to stand their ground relatively well considering it all, and at the same time, Tommy and Polly (Helen McCrory) showed enormous restraint as they managed to not get violent with them and their shamelessly preaching justification for their actions.
Could the nuns have more to the story than meets the eye? And more importantly, is Polly going to follow through on that offer of coming after the nuns for their actions should they continue to abuse the children in their care?
What’s happening with Karl?
Young Karl is definitely a highly intelligent child, therefore it shouldn’t have been a shock that he’d figured out that mum Ada (Sophie Rundle) and Ben Younger (Kingsley Ben-Adir) have been getting more romantic.
However, it seems that Ada’s young boy is getting heavily influenced by those around him – especially when it comes to racist and xenophobic views.
Declaring he didn’t want a black dad was a blunt as hell way of making sure Younger knew his place, and seemed to shake the Army man up a little because of its cold nature.
Is this new influence at school going to cause Karl to lash out even more? He’s only a child, but it’s clear he’s definitely one to think his own ideas and put plans into action.
Does Lizzie have a bigger game plan?
After coming up with a plan with Linda (Kate Phillips) to leave Tommy and Arthur (Paul Anderson) should their business and behaviour get more violent, Lizzie (Natasha O’Keefe) had a sudden change of heart and decided to stay where she was.
Was it down to the sudden violence she was thrown into to defend her home? Or the knowledge that she would have to return to her prior life as a sex worker on the Birmingham streets?
As it turns out, it’s probably a bit of both, as well as the inherent knowledge that ‘if you’re married to a Shelby, you stayed married’.
But going back and forward seems like a strange way for her to lean, and accepting her fate as ‘Tommy’s property’ isn’t typically something we would consider for her, who has always played by her own rules.
Is there something more at stake?
Is Tommy falling for Oswald Mosley’s charm?
Tommy doesn’t really hold back when he refers to Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) as ‘the devil himself’ in a meeting with Arthur and Michael (Finn Cole), and to be honest, Mosley proves his point in the meeting.
But Mosley also wants Tommy, with the idea of his facist utopia in parliament barely being able to work without him.
The troubled Shelby leader has definitely appeared to consider a role within the BUP, even finally accepting his offer to talk on a solo basis.
While he has sort of suggested he participate in the political party to try and undermine Mosley from the inside, does he secretly see the answer to all his problems lying with Tommy?
After all, whenever he’s told to walk away from the grubby politician, Mosley always seems to find a way to snake back in.
Who is Mosley’s informant?
At this point it seems like a fair assumption that whoever is informing Mosley is the Black Cat that Tommy was afraid off last episode.
Not only that, Mosley has an extremely intimate knowledge of the Blinders clan, stretching from Linda being seen talking to a new man to anger Arthur, to every intimate detail of Michael blowing all his money in Boston and returning with a pregnant wife.
So it’s someone they trust, and trust quite a lot. But apart from that, we have no clues.
Will Linda return to Arthur?
When Linda mentions to Lizzie that she’s getting close to another man who is helping her after leaving Arthur, it didn’t take a genius to figure out this will end in disaster.
But Arthur’s over-the-top attack on the man he believes is hiding his wife is extreme even by his standards, and it’s clear he’s beginning to suffer some kind of breakdown without her.
With the first Blinder of this series potentially killing a man just trying to look after Linda, it’s clear Linda can’t just walk away from the Shelbys – but she could die if she stays.
What is she going to do?
Is Arthur leaving the Blinders?
This seems like an almost impossibly stupid question to ask, but it’s obvious that the gangster life is taking its toll on Arthur’s ability to control himself.
Without Linda as well, he’s coming apart at the seams, and in just a few episodes we’ve seen him go from the source of comedy in the family to a man with blood on his hands declaring that they’re being controlled by the Devil himself.
In a weirdly telling moment, as he left the Quaker friend lying motionless on the floor, he dropped his iconic, razor-blade hiding flatcap on to the floor – a flat cap that symbolises his life within the gang.
While he was later seen in Scotland helping Aberama (Aidan Gillan) get out before he’s killed, is he seriously considering throwing in the town within the Shelby company?
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How are the Billy Boys going to fight back?
A declaration of war is not something to sniff at, as after Arthur and Aberama Gold retaliated to an incoming attack by leaving behind a hand grenade surprise for the Billy Boys certainly sends a message.
Throw in Aberama literally tarring one of the Scottish gangsters during a surprise attack on the gang, and Jimmy McCavern (Brian Gleeson) clearly had fire in his eyes as the episode closed to credits.
So what is going to happen now between the Billy Boys and the Peaky Blinders, and how does this all fit into Mosley’s master plan?
Looks like someone is being mighty tricky – we just don’t know why.
Peaky Blinders continues Sundays at 9pm on BBC One.
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