Violence in ‘Peaky Blinders’, an element that never changes

With two episodes airing in select regions, the final season of Peaky Blinders proves its quality. But also, the power to tell a story of violence that combines aesthetic and discursive elements with enormous intelligence. What will be the season that will close the story also sheds light on something: the way in which the program dialogues with violence.

The reason? The way to understand the essence of a group of characters who revolve around the perception of good and evil in a unique way. Unlike so many other series, Peaky Blinders it is not interested in the redemption of its emblematic figures. From In fact, what you want is a formal and essential reconstruction of the look of the modern antihero.

And this, of course, has a direct bearing on how Peaky Blinders shows violence. In its early seasons, shootings, knife fights, and outlandish deaths were controversial plot highlights. But over time, and as the show matured, the violence became more specific, tied to how its characters view power.

Birmingham’s crime drama breaks new ground in influencing how strength and aggression are expressed. It does so, without leaving aside its neat visual speech. But the fact that Shelby is now more about political politics than daggers doesn’t detract from the show’s focus.

Peaky Blinders is a story about the brutality, subversion of the system and the rebellion of street criminals from an exceptional time. But if in its previous seasons the program progressed through clashes between rival gangs, Now the field is politics and terrorism.