Confused by Peaky Blinders? You're not the only one!
Confused by Peaky Blinders? You’re not alone! After a baffling episode full of new characters, returning favourites and a twisting plot, Femail explains exactly what happened
- WARNING: SPOILERS
- Peaky Blinders continued last night with an episode that left fans baffled
- Tommy met with the IRA, and Alfie Solomons and Oswald Mosley returned
- At the end of the episode his daughter Ruby had more disturbing visions
- Tommy also has seizures and reveals the identity of the ‘man with green eyes’
Peaky Blinders continued last night with an episode that saw new characters introduced, old favourites return and twisting plot that left fans baffled.
Tommy Shelby met with the IRA, Alfie Solomons and Oswald Mosley, tried to get brother Arthur back on the straight and narrow, and fought to keep his beloved daughter Ruby healthy while battling with his own unexplained seizures.
Meanwhile in Boston, Michael Gray remains behind bars and was forced to bid farewell to his temptress wife Gina, who is heading off to the UK and promised not to have sex with Tommy when she gets there.
There was also the introduction of real-life character Lady Diana Mitford, the scandalous society beauty and friend of Adolf Hitler.
Fans were left questioning the episode, with one tweeting: ‘What’s going on in #PeakyBlinders? Who is the grey man? Is Ruby cursed or just seriously ill ? #confused.’
Another posted: ‘I really love #PeakyBlinders but I spend 90% of the seasons confused then really enjoy the ending….so I’m riding through the confusion.’
The sentiment was echoed by critics, with the Daily Mail’s Christopher Stevens writing: ‘If only I knew what was going on in Peaky Blinders (BBC1), I could perform a public service by providing crib notes. But in our house, this bloodthirsty 1930s crime serial is now known as Pleatly Bamboozled.’
Here, FEMAIL offers a recap of series six, episode two, and tries to answer some of the questions…
RUBY IS STILL SICK (AND SO IS TOMMY)
All clear? Tommy arrives back at his country pile to find his daughter Ruby (pictured) has seemingly recovered from her sickness and chilling hallucinations. Still he takes her, Lizzie (Natasha O’Keeffe), and son Charlie to the doctors to have her properly examined
Private battle: On a stormy night, Lizzie walks into the bathroom to find Tommy having a seizure on the bathroom floor, pictured, while suffering flashbacks to a wartime kill. It later emerges the man he killed had ‘green eyes’, the same as the colour in Ruby’s vision
Haunted: The episode ends with worrying developments for father and daughter: Ruby develops a temperature, begins coughing blood, and experiences more hallucinations
Visions: Ruby tells her mother she can hear voices in the chimney and that the ‘grey man’ is coming for her and her father. Above, Ruby’s drawing of the ‘grey man’
The previous episode ending with Tommy (Cillian Murphy) vowing to leave Canada and return home to England after learning his daughter Ruby was ill and having visions of a ‘man with green eyes’.
She was also repeating the Romany phrase ‘Tickna mora o’beng’, which loosely translates to ‘the heart of the devil or the girl of the devil (devil girl)’.
But Tommy arrives back at his country pile to find his daughter has seemingly recovered. Still he takes her, Lizzie (Natasha O’Keeffe), and son Charlie to the doctors to have her properly examined.
Who is the grey man of Ruby’s visions?
Ruby, sick with a fever and coughing up blood, has warned of ‘The Grey Man’, and revealed he is coming for her and her father Tommy. His identity remains a mystery but here are some theories:
It’s all in the name: Michael Gray has a vendetta against Tommy and has vowed to kill him. But could it be too obvious for creator Steven Knight?
The supernatural has already played a major role in this season and Tommy seems convinced his Gypsy relatives will have an answer to Ruby’s condition. Could the girl be seeing the Devil?
The man in the tunnel
Tommy reveals his first kill was a ‘Prussian boy with green eyes’. Ruby had visions of a ‘green-eyed man’ and the ‘grey man’. Could they be the same person?
Another potential enemy is Oswald Mosley, who has already survived one assassination attempt by the Peaky Blinders. Could he turn on his apparent ally Tommy and kill him (and his family)?
Ruby is given a clean bill of health but it becomes clear Tommy is the one who’s sick. On a stormy night, Lizzie walks into the bathroom to find Tommy having a seizure on the bathroom floor.
He has flashbacks to a time when he came to blows with a Prussian soldier in the tunnels during the First World War. Lizzie is clearly concerned for her husband and begs him to stop but Tommy remains hellbent on his mission.
‘I have work to do,’ he says. ‘I’ll rest after the Boston business is done.’
It later emerges that this soldier had green eyes, suggesting he could be the same ‘green-eyed man’ Ruby was seeing.
The episode ends with worrying developments for father and daughter: Ruby develops a temperature, begins coughing blood, and experiences more hallucinations. She tells her mother she can hear voices in the chimney and that the ‘grey man’ is coming for her and her father.
When Tommy receives a note from Lizzie urging him home to see their sick daughter, he suffers a second seizure involving a second vivid flashback to the same hand-to-hand fight in the tunnel.
One viewer had a theory as to why these might be happening: ‘Tommy is suffering from Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. It’s not caused by unusual electrical patterns in the brain and instead has a psychological cause.
‘People with it can’t control their behavior and it may cause them to shake, jerk or black out and can be common in people with PTSD.’
Another suggested: ‘It could well just be the supernatural.’
It is clear Tommy thinks Ruby’s condition could be caused by the supernatural as the episode ends with him phoning for his widowed sister-in-law Esme Shelby Lee (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), who is a Gypsy.
THE WOMAN WHO KILLED AUNT POLLY
Working together? After a rousing rally back in his home constituency of Birmingham, Tommy meets IRA Captain Swing, or Orlagh McKee (Charlene McKenna), pictured, in the Peaky Blinders’ pub, The Garrison. They agree that she will meet ‘Uncle Jack’ Nelson
Peaky Blinders continued last night with an episode that saw new characters introduced, old favourites return and twisting plot that left fans baffled
After a rousing rally back in his home constituency of Birmingham, Tommy meets IRA Captain Swing, or Orlagh McKee (Charlene McKenna) in the Peaky Blinders’ pub, The Garrison.
He brings her into the Boston deal and reveals he has obtained private letters from Gina’s ‘Uncle Jack’ Nelson (James Frecheville) to President Roosevelt that show the gangster’s anti-Semitic leanings.
‘Officially he’s coming to buy liquor import licences,’ Tommy explains. ‘Unofficially he has come to measure the strength of support for fascism in Britain and will report back to the President.’
Tommy wants McKee to meet Nelson during his visit and offer up Dublin as another fascist stronghold. The hope is, in turn, Nelson would allow them to ship five tonnes of opium to Boston.
This multi-million pound drug deal is central to Tommy’s plan for getting his family out of their current lifestyle.
… BUT IT ISN’T ALL IT SEEMS
Double crossing: Tommy tells his sister Ada (Sophie Rundle), pictured, a staunch socialist, that it is still his intention to undermine the fascists from the inside
The conversation is overheard by Tommy’s sister Ada (Sophie Rundle), a staunch socialist, who cannot fathom why her brother would want to deal with Mosley and Nelson.
Tommy insists it is still his intention to undermine the fascists from the inside, just as he wanted to in season five.
It is unclear exactly how helping to spread the word of fascism will ultimately lead to the movement’s downfall, but viewers believe Tommy is concocting an elaborate plan which will ultimately bring down Nelson, the IRA and Mosley in one fell swoop.
McKenna has hinted her character could soon change allegiance, telling Radio Times: ‘It gets really complicated. At the minute she’s IRA, but that’s going to shift, which is where Mosley comes in. So there’s a much bigger, complicated plan afoot…
‘They’ve [Tommy and Swing] been doing business for four years together, back and forth, and it’s now gaining momentum with Tommy getting into America, which is to do with money, which is to do with weapons.’
ALFIE SOLOMONS IS BACK (AGAIN)
Striking a deal? After his meeting with McKee, Tommy heads to meet Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) the former-foe-turned-sort-of-friend who he shot in the face at the end of season four then returned at the end of season five to help the Peaky Blinders bring down Mosley
… and so is Linda?
Later in the episode, in a bid to retrieve Arthur (Paul Anderson) from his drug-addled state, Tommy reveals he has been writing to ex-wife Linda, who was last seen driving off after shooting Arthur.
Her letter hints that she would be willing to forgive Arthur, hinting that the character could soon return.
After his meeting with McKee, Tommy heads to meet Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) the former-foe-turned-sort-of-friend who he shot in the face at the end of season four then returned at the end of season five to help the Peaky Blinders bring down Mosley.
Solomons has discovered opera and is busy writing his own. ‘My opera is called America. America is my f*****g masterpiece.’
His uncle, Charles Solomons, has been shot dead in Boston and the family has lost any control that they had over the city.
Tommy offers to sell his opium to the Jewish gangsters of Boston, which would reverse the power shift they so desperately want. ‘In the final act that I’m giving you, Alfie, it is you that takes the revenge,’ Tommy says, trying to tempt Solomons into action.
In exchange he wants Solomons’ Camden property empire so that he can build houses for the ‘needy and the deserving’.
This sets up a problem: Tommy is playing both sides and is seemingly planning to sell his opium to both the Solomons and Nelson’s gang.
GINA SETS SAIL FOR ENGLAND
Locked up: In Boston, Michael Gray (Finn Cole) remains behind bars after being captured at the end of the last episode in a police sting set up by his vengeful cousin Tommy
Temptress: His wife Gina (Anya Taylor-Joy) is heading off to join her uncle Jack in England and promises not to have sex with Tommy Shelby. But will she stay faithful?
In Boston, Michael Gray (Finn Cole) remains behind bars after being captured at the end of the last episode in a police sting set up by his vengeful cousin Tommy.
But his wife Gina (Anya Taylor-Joy) is heading off to join her uncle Jack in England.
Tommy has already vowed to seduce Gina and Michael is scared. He orders his wife to stay away from ‘the Devil’. She promises she will because she has ‘no interest in a dead man’ and, in a show of her fidelity, suggest they both lie in bed at the same time (midnight in Boston, 5am in London) and think of each other.
‘I’ll be wide awake in my big, wide bad. You’ll be wide awake in this prison cell. And our souls will come together and we’ll f***,’ she says, before leaving.
INTRODUCING LADY DIANA MITFORD
Woman in charge: Following the death of his wife, Mosley (Sam Claflin) is joined by his mistress and future second wife Lady Diana Mitford (Amber Anderson), pictured, whom he describes as the ‘engine of his operation’
Driving force: In real-life, Lady Diana, wed Mosley by special Reich permission at the family home of the Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in Berlin in 1936, with Hitler as guest. It remains to be seen the role she will play in the series but if art imitates life then she’ll be integral to the show’s chilling fascist storyline. Above, Lady Diana with Mosley
Lizzie’s jibe at Lady Diana
A fan favourite moment of the episode took place between Lady Diana and Lizzie.
The socialite tried to belittle and patronise Lizzie in front of their husbands but the steely Mrs Shelby wasn’t to be outdone.
After admitting she ‘doesn’t know much’ about why the ‘bridge to President Roosevelt’ is so important for the British fascists, she whispers at Lady Diana: ‘But I have f****d your future husband, so I know lots of things about him’.
Biting back: Lizzie tells Lady Diana she has ‘f****d her future husband’
Back in England, Tommy and Lizzie attend an Mosley rally. He tells reporters he is there to ‘bridge the ideological divide’ between fascism and socialism and remind The British Union of Fascists leader that the British people believe in the value of ‘compromise’.
This appears to be all part of Tommy’s plans to infiltrate the party and destabilise from within.
He also needs to be in Mosley’s good books so he can introduce him to Nelson and, in turn, establish his opium import route to Boston.
Following the death of his wife, Mosley (Sam Claflin) is joined by his mistress and future second wife Lady Diana Mitford (Amber Anderson), whom he describes as the ‘engine of his operation’.
In real-life, Lady Diana, a member of the glittering Mitford dynasty, wed Mosley by special Reich permission at the family home of the Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in Berlin in 1936, with Hitler as guest.
It remains to be seen the role she will play in the series but if art imitates life then she’ll be integral to the show’s chilling fascist storyline.
As one viewer noted: ‘Lady Diana Mitford Mosley was considered far cleverer and more dangerous than her husband, Oswald Mosley. She was, as Mosley said in #PeakyBlinders tonight, “the engine” of his enterprise and principal channel of communication with Hitler.’
… AND ‘UNCLE JACK NELSON’
Next, Tommy travelled to Liverpool Cathedral to meet the fabled ‘Uncle Jack’ Nelson. They compared their first kills (which is when Tommy reveals the ‘green-eyed man’) and speak about religion.
Uncle Jack admits he would like to meet some high-level fascists – ‘the ones in tuxedos’ – and Tommy agrees to make the introduction.
But he also reveals to Jack that he is working closely with Sir Winston Churchill and could offer up valuable intel on the Prime Minister and his activities, in exchange for access to Nelson’s drug-dealing ring in south Boston.
If the American refuses, Tommy plans to sell his opium to the Solomons.
Nelson promises to ‘think a great deal’ about what he’s said.
The Americans have landed: Uncle Jack Nelson (James Frecheville) arrives in the UK
Peaky Blinders continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC1
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