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Peaky Blinders cut scenes: Do deleted scenes reveal who betrayed Tommy Shelby?


Season five of Peaky Blinders was one of the most dramatic yet for Birmingham gangster Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) as he found himself in the powerful world of politics. In the final episode, viewers watched him spiral as his final plan was betrayed before it could be completed. Now, the series director has revealed how some key moments were cut from the ending, which may have revealed who was responsible.

Do deleted scenes reveal who betrayed Tommy Shelby?

Fans of the hit series will remember Peaky Blinders season five ended with Tommy despairing at how he had been betrayed.

This came after he failed to kill Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) in a dramatic assassination attempt at a Birmingham rally.

His plan was disrupted after Barney Thompson (Cosmo Jarvis) was killed before he could shoot Mosley.

As a result, Tommy flew into a rage backstage at the Birmingham rally shouting at Arthur about who had betrayed him.

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He said: “They got to Barney, they knew everything, they knew f****** everything.

“It doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t make f****** sense. Who? The Chinese? The Italians? Branch? Intelligence? McCavern? Mosley? Mosley knew nothing.”

Viewers will then remember the show cut to Tommy walking through a misty field.

In the final few moments, he sees his dead wife Grace Shelby (Annabelle Wallis) who urges him to kill himself to be with her.

Before the screen cuts to black, Tommy screams and lifts a gun to his head and seemingly is about to shoot.

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When pressed over what scenes exactly were taken out of the final episode, the director revealed how they showed who was responsible.

He added: “It’s after the gunshot. It’s to do with who – it’s to do with that very thing. It was in the script and we shot it.

“But then when I was editing it, it became very clear to me, that if Tommy doesn’t know, we shouldn’t know.

“And at that point, everything is unravelling and we should be unravelling, because we don’t understand what is happening and he doesn’t.”

In the wake of the fifth season drawing to an end, there has been a lot of speculation over who this could have been.

Some fans have suggested this may have been Michael Gray (Finn Cole) or his wife Gina Gray (Anya Taylor-Joy) after their clash with Tommy.

However, the most popular culprit is former footballer Billy Grade (Emmett J. Scanlan) who was told of the plan by Finn Shelby (Harry Kirton).

Earlier in the episode, he told him: “Look I have to go, they’re shooting a fascist tonight.”

After being told this, Billy is seen to put two and two together before reaching for the telephone.

Just who was responsible for the act is sure to be revealed in the sixth season of the show.

The new outing will see Byrne back in the directing chair and is expected to begin production in early 2020.

Peaky Blinders seasons 1 to 5 are currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.



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