Don’t worry, Peaky Blinders fans — he was never going to play just a superheroing symbiote forever. Just in time for the New Year, the BBC has released a riveting trailer for the sixth and final season for Peaky Blinders. Along with the rest of the crime drama’s ensemble cast, the teaser features Tom Hardy reprising the role of Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons.
The teaser for the upcoming Peaky Blinders season opens, fittingly, with a lone figure firing off a Tommy Gun. Along with Tom Hardy, we see plenty of Cillian Murphy returning as the Blinders’ leader Tommy Shelby, Joe Cole as the younger Johnny Shelby, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Gina Gray. T0m Hardy’s appearance is relatively brief, toward the end of the trailer, though it’s just as dynamic as anything else you see in the preview. You can watch the trailer below.
One noteworthy addition to the new season is Stephen Graham in an as of yet undisclosed role. Graham has a lot of experience playing organized crime characters in period pieces. He played a character Tom Hardy became intimately familiar with not too long ago — Al Capone — in the HBO crime drama Boardwalk Empire. More recently he was Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.
Judging by the trailer, Peaky Blinders will be bookended by worldwide conflicts. The series begins in 1919, months after the conclusion of World War I. The trailer shows us the same kind of fascists Tommy Shelby began gunning for in season 5 of the series. We see Nazi banners unfurled in front of eager crowds. Apparently the conflict between Cillian Murphy and the fascists of the story is about to heat up, right at the doorstep of World War II.
Peaky Blinders‘ creator Steven McKnight has said to expect as much. Speaking to Variety last January, McKnight explained that Tommy Shelby’s experiences in the First World War turn him into a nihilist who cares about nothing but money and power. Yet somehow when Tommy encounters fascism, “something is brought back to life and he decides there is good and bad.” That’s why the penultimate season ends with Tommy locking horns with fascists, and why that same conflict will take up much of his time in the final season.
Instead of fascists, it was Tom Hardy’s Alfie Solomons who provided Tommy Shelby with an antagonist in season 2, when the character was introduced. Eventually the relationship between Tommy and Alfie evolved, with the latter becoming one of the fan-favorite characters. He hasn’t appeared quite as much in subsequent seasons as he did in season 2 and was eventually believed to be dead, but season 5 revealed he had survived.
One big question mark on a lot of fans’ minds is how the show will deal with the death of Helen McRory. Best known as Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, McRory played Polly Gray — Tommy’s aunt — since the very beginning of Peaky Blinders. McRory tragically passed away last year at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer, a month before the show’s sixth season wrapped filming.