PEAKY BLINDERS Series 2, Episode 6 Review

Can this amazing show give yet another sensational series finale? Read on to find out.

The official description from BBC:

As derby day arrives, Tommy is faced with impossible decisions as he plans to strike back at his enemies and take the family business to another level. Meanwhile, Major Campbell has one final card to play – one that he is certain will bring about Tommy’s demise.

It’s derby day for Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy), as Peaky Blinders second series comes to an end. Despite there being some underwhelming moments throughout, the majority of Series 2 has been exciting. Having gripped this fanboy from the first episode, the events of this series has taken what was already an amazing story, and made it even better. It’s these reasons that have left had me eagerly anticipating this episode, questioning just how things would end.

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From the intense meeting between Tommy and Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) to the events of Epsom itself, there’s plenty to enjoy about this episode, with proceedings being full of suspense. I did however question whether it was the finale that fans really deserved. Having produced amazing scripts throughout both series, Steven Knight has yet failed to impress, but there are some moments in this outing that almost cause this. Despite that the deep elements within Knight’s script allows the events to be enticing, leaving us with yet another amazing conclusion. Another area of this finale that left me on the fence was the music, as though there are times where it works brilliantly with the events at hand, the experimental nature doesn’t always pay off.


Though the script left me with mixed opinions, the acting certainly didn’t. Giving yet another amazing performance, Cillian Murphy proves why he’s such a talented actor, showing that despite the tough façade, Tommy is still human. In addition to this Murphy also yet again proves that he can work off any actor, with Tom Hardy, Sam Neill (Major Campbell) and Noah Taylor (Darby Santini) all allowing the great actor to up his game. The supporting cast also do a fabulous job, with the aforementioned actors, along with Helen McCrory (Polly) all giving amazing performances. Despite this I did feel that Hardy and Taylor were underutilised, as though both actors did a fine job, the entire storyline fell away a little.

Peaky Blinders brings it’s second series to a close, and though not quite as exciting as I had hoped, it does prove to be a gripping entry. It also does a wonderful job of setting up the future of the series, as despite mainly focusing on tying up certain loose ends, it leaves some curious developments. Recommended.

  • + Cillian Murphy gives a deep performance that is full of emotion.
  • + Intense developments that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
  • - Experimental music was a little off putting.
  • - Certain developments fell by the wayside.