When we think of gorgeous series, usually shows like Breaking Bad, Hannibal, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, and even American Horror Story come to mind. Perhaps series like Sherlock, Luther, Broadchurch and The Night Manager don’t immediately pop in our brains, but they should. Those across-the-pond-ers are stunningly beautiful, not only in sets and cinematography, but in costume and…oh the actors they employ. This evening, the long wait for one such an eye treat is over (for those with access to BBC2, *coughHolaUnblockercough*), and on May 31st, Netflix will officially bring Peaky Blinders’ third outing stateside. Steven Knight’s historical series is much more than an eye feast; alongside the beauty is explosive violence, complicated, balanced and deceitful relationships (and steamy sex), played out by an incredible — nearly unfathomable — group of actors. Before we go on though, a ***Spoiler Warning: if you’re not caught up through Series 2 (how? why?), back on out until you are.***
Cillian Murphy’s face alone is artwork (that jaw, those eyes!), and there are plenty of other drop-dead gorgeous people to study. Charlotte Riley (May) and her real-life husband, Tom Hardy — returning as Alfie — Annabelle Wallis (Grace) and Helen McCrory (Polly), Sam Neill (Major Campbell) and Paul Anderson (Arthur), Sophie Rundle (Ada), Noah Taylor (Sabini), and Paddy Considine joins this third outing as a “not very nice” — Murphy calls him a”fucking scary” priest. Knight: “I would describe him as the most evil character that has ever appeared in Peaky. He is part of a very powerful group.”
Oh, and you might recognize a certain ***Game of Thrones Spoiler!!!*** recently deceased face; the fabulous (and terribly wasted by GoT) Alexander Siddig arrives on scene as Ruben Oliver.
Series 3 opens with two uncertainties (I hope), the first of which involves a wedding; but who is Tommy going to marry? Will he choose duplicitous Grace — who just happens to be carrying his child — or will he decide May’s power and influence are more important? If I had to proffer a guess I’d say a Shelby/Carlton union is in the cards, and a side of cheating Thomas who won’t be able to deny his heart.
We can’t really tell who’s in this (Murphy’s) butt shot, can we?
The other looming question is likely more in my head than a true possibility; after being shot by Polly, is there any way Chester Campbell is still alive? I’m having a hard time accepting his apparent death, but the odds are quite stacked against the Major, especially since Sam Neill just signed on to AMC’s The Son. That said, he still has time to make a surprise return, right? Right? (I’m wrong, I’m wrong, I know I’m wrong.)
As for Hardy’s Alfie Solomons, I’m torn between being thrilled every time he shows up onscreen, and covering my eyes in terror over what he might do. But, loose cannon Hardy is the best Hardy, and in a room across from Murphy we just can’t ask for more.
Lest you forget, Tommy owes a certain Mr. Churchill…something. Whatever that job is, it saved Shelby from what many thought was certain death. Series 3 returns in 1924, “four to five years” after where the characters left off , and heads straight into international intrigue; the Russians are coming.
— Peaky Blinders (@ThePeakyBlinder) May 4, 2016