Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight says the final season of hit show will 'go into and beyond the Second World War' and is 'the end of the beginning' as he teases future film release

Steven Knight has said the final season of Peaky Blinders will 'go into and beyond the Second World War' and is 'the end of the beginning' as he teased a future film release.

For many years the creator claimed the gangster show would end with air-raid sirens over Birmingham marking the start of World War Two.   

But in an apparent U-turn, Knight has revealed the sixth series is merely the end of the narrative on the small screen and teased that the story will continue in a feature-length film.

New beginnings: For many years the creator claimed the gangster show would end with air-raid sirens over Birmingham marking the start of World War Two

New beginnings: For many years the creator claimed the gangster show would end with air-raid sirens over Birmingham marking the start of World War Two

'It was always Britain between the wars – how the lesson from one war was not learned and was repeated,' he told Empire

‘It’s also the end of empire: we enter the Second World War and by the end of it, there is no empire, really. But I… have revised the scope of what it is.

‘It will now go into and beyond the Second World War. Because I just think the energy that is out there in the world for this, I want to keep it going, and I want to see how this can progress beyond that..

'I think of this sixth series as the end of the beginning.'

U-turn: But in an apparent U-turn, Knight has revealed the sixth series is merely 'the end of the beginning' and the story will continue in a feature-length film

U-turn: But in an apparent U-turn, Knight has revealed the sixth series is merely 'the end of the beginning' and the story will continue in a feature-length film

It comes as the final season of Peaky Blinders will likely premiere in February, with show star Cillian Murphy promising a 'gothic' tone. 

New cast member Conrad Khan told Radio Times he was told the new season will come to screens in February, which comes after the new trailer was released earlier this month.

He said the show 'comes out, from what I last heard – I mean, these things change so quickly – I think that will come out next February'.

Coming soon: The sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders will likely premiere in February, with show star Cillian promising a 'gothic' tone

Coming soon: The sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders will likely premiere in February, with show star Cillian Murphy promising a 'gothic' tone

The actor, who will play a new character in the show, added: 'There was so much footage, so many episodes, that it does take a while to edit – six months or something.' 

Meanwhile, Cillian, who plays Tommy Shelby, has teased a dark tone for the final season, telling Rolling Stone: 'I think it's going to be very intense. 

'The word we keep using is "gothic". Yeah, it's going to be heavy!"  

Peaky Blinders much-anticipated trailer for its final season left fans on the edge of their seats as Tommy Shelby opened fire in intense scenes. 

Tone: Cillian has teased a dark tone for the final season, telling Rolling Stone: 'I think it's going to be very intense'

Tone: Cillian, who plays Tommy Shelby, has teased a dark tone for the final season, telling Rolling Stone: 'I think it's going to be very intense'

Interview: New cast member Conrad Khan told Radio Times he was told the new season will come to screens in February, which comes after the new trailer was released earlier this month

Interview: New cast member Conrad Khan told Radio Times he was told the new season will come to screens in February, which comes after the new trailer was released earlier this month

The 90-second teaser trailer kicks off with Tommy dramatically walking across a shadowy field before firing a machine gun into the air while shouting.

'One last deal to be done, then we Peaky Blinders rest,' Tommy says. 

The trailer was jam-packed with nail-biting stand-offs, intense fight scenes and a devastating fire, leaving fans wondering what plot twists the final series would bring.

Drama: Peaky Blinders much-anticipated trailer for its final series left fans on the edge of their seats as Tommy Shelby opened fire

Drama: Peaky Blinders much-anticipated trailer for its final series left fans on the edge of their seats as Tommy Shelby opened fire

Tense scenes also featured appearances from Joe Cole's John Shelby, Anya Taylor-Joy's Gina Gray and fascist leader Oswald Mosley, played by Sam Claflin.

Stephen Graham, known for his roles in This Is England and Line of Duty, has also joined the cast for the final series of the Birmingham crime drama.

It was previously revealed that Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomons will return for the sixth and final series, after many fans believed he was dead after being shot by Tommy. 

Tension: The trailer was jam-packed with nail-biting stand-offs, intense fight scenes and a devastating fire, leaving fans wondering what plot twists the final series would bring

Tension: The trailer was jam-packed with nail-biting stand-offs, intense fight scenes and a devastating fire, leaving fans wondering what plot twists the final series would bring

Fans took to Twitter to share their theories about the storyline for the upcoming series, with many speculating that some of their favourite characters might die.   

One fan wrote: 'I'm not ready to see Peaky Blinders end.'

Another commented: 'I'm so done with all of my favourite characters dying in tv shows and i just know it's gonna happen in peaky blinders too.' 

And a third said: 'I can't believe the is the last series gutted is an understatement.'

While a fourth penned: 'New trailer for Peaky Blinders looks intense. We got to see Alfie .. hints of mourning Polly…political Tommy once more… 

Fan favourites: Tense scenes also featured appearances from Joe Cole's John Shelby, Anya Taylor-Joy's Gina Gray and fascist leader Oswald Mosley, played by Sam Claflin

Fan favourites: Tense scenes also featured appearances from Joe Cole's John Shelby, Anya Taylor-Joy's Gina Gray and fascist leader Oswald Mosley, played by Sam Claflin

Newbie: Stephen Graham, known for his roles in This Is England and Line of Duty, has also joined the cast for the final series of the Birmingham crime drama

Newbie: Stephen Graham, known for his roles in This Is England and Line of Duty, has also joined the cast for the final series of the Birmingham crime drama

'And the flames behind Michael makes me think he's the one that betrayed the Shelby's ..can't wait! Wish we had a date for the premier…' (sic)

It is the first series since former star Helen McCrory, who played Polly, passed away from cancer aged 52.

Cillian previously said that filming the sixth season of Peaky Blinders without his late co-star had been 'desperately sad'.

Paying tribute to Helen, the Irish actor revealed: 'She was like the matriarch of Peaky Blinders, and I think my closest colleague on the show.'

He added: 'She was without doubt one of the best actors I've ever had the pleasure of working with.'

'I'm not ready': Fans took to Twitter to share their theories about the storyline for the upcoming series, with many speculating that some of their favourite characters might die

'I'm not ready': Fans took to Twitter to share their theories about the storyline for the upcoming series, with many speculating that some of their favourite characters might die

Speaking to Today FM, Cillian went on: 'But on top of that just an extraordinary human being. So it's really really sad. And we're all still dealing with it like everybody else, and we really miss her.' 

Cillian also said that scenes shot alongside Helen were always 'his favourite'.

Peaky Blinders centres around its eponymous gang which is run by the ruthless Tommy and his family, and sees them build their power and influence over Birmingham and beyond. 

It has been more than two years since season five aired its last episode, while the sixth series will pick up where the fifth series left off on 7 December 1929, the morning after a rally led by Oswald.

He's back: It was also revealed that Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomons will return for the sixth and final series, after many fans believed he was dead after being shot by Tommy

He's back: It was also revealed that Tom Hardy's Alfie Solomons will return for the sixth and final series, after many fans believed he was dead after being shot by Tommy

Tragic: It is the first series since former star Helen McCrory (pictured with Cillian), who played Polly, passed away from cancer aged 52

Tragic: It is the first series since former star Helen McCrory (pictured with Cillian), who played Polly, passed away from cancer aged 52

The fifth season ended on a cliffhanger, with Tommy seeing visions of his late wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis) and turning a gun on himself following his botched assassination attempt of the British Union of Fascists leader.

The sixth season of Peaky Blinders resumed filming in January after the show was forced to shut down set last March due to the coronavirus crisis. 

The BBC show has been running for eight years and has enjoyed huge popularity but the sixth season has been confirmed as the final one, with creator Steven Knight confirming the story will return 'in another form'.

Creator Steven Knight recently hinted Peaky Blinders could continue without Cillian's pivotal character, telling Birmingham Live: 'There may be worlds that are part of the Peaky world that are about someone else.' 

Steven Knight says final season of Peaky Blinders is 'end of the beginning' as he teases future film

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