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.
Gangsters in the middle of the political scene
By the time the Shelbys took on Luca Changretta in season four of Peaky Blinders, the violence in the series was a point of contention. So much so that several specialized media wondered if the program did not wrap the brutal deaths and the bloody executions with an air of sophistication.
Of course, the questioning does not seem to make much sense when analyzing the concrete fact that Peaky Blinders Explore the brutality of the criminal underworld. But the unease comes from his nuance in doing so. The show stood out with scenes of shootings, beatings, executions, and murders that dazzle for its polished cinematography and stunning visuals. Also for making the underworld more grotesque, a complex and even demanding emotional argument. And as the Shelbys change tactics and progress in their ability to grow their influence, the point becomes more noticeable.
Already in season five of Peaky Blinders, the big question of whether he was harnessing explicit violence as a resource to uncomfortable levels has drawn public comment. In fact, the late star Helen McCrory went so far as to defend the show’s need to be “disgustingly violent.” He did so amid criticism that the show’s brutal plot could normalize similar behavior among younger viewers. In an interview with Digital Spy, the actress who played Aunt Polly for five seasons gave her take on the controversy. “I think it’s disgusting and gratuitous violence. And it should be,” McCrory explained. For the actress, the perception of extreme in the series was a way to give a realistic context. But above all, to dialogue with the idea of the series as a complicated scenario.
Actor Aidan Gillen, who plays Aberama Gold, also had some thoughts on the show’s graphic violence. “I believe that [el programa está] full of people with no moral codes,” he also told Digital Spy. “I think in the end we will probably see that violence has consequences,” he added. But with the first two episodes of season six of Peaky Blinders it’s obvious that the series continues its take on the evil of the new century in a neutral way. For better or worse, the show refuses to make moral sense of its fierce debates about the nature of brutality in its best scenes.
Peaky Blinders and the nagging debate about its importance
With only four chapters until its end, Peaky Blinders Always a clever combination of arguments and narrative lines. Also, a direct questioning of the way in which the collective conscience of the criminal field is deepened and questioned. With the Shelbys in a new stratum of power and the show asking questions about the origins of contemporary evil, the story is more complex.
What can we expect from its outcome? An unexpected takeover? A new insight into the brutality of its history? We just have to wait.