“Peaky Blinders” Exec Producer on Tommy Shelby & Redemption & the future of franchise
by SOURAV D | VIEW 1702
As Peaky Blinders, the blockbuster TV series framed against the backdrop of a post-World War I Birmingham UK, had concluded an eccentric six-season journey, rumours are circulating that a movie on Peaky Blinders might be on the development. While it appears that the audiences might not be done with “Peaky Blinders,” the TV show’s Executive Producer Caryn Mandabach shed more lights on the series’ finale and what could be awaiting next in the franchise.
Peaky Blinder’s Exec. Producer shed lights on franchise’s future
While being asked about the future of Shelby’s (Cillian Murphy) life alongside his past redemption, speaking in an interview with a media outlet, Mandabach said, “This is what the writer Steven Knight wants you to wonder about.
And rather than make any assumptions, I think that it’s a bigger question: “Can anybody really be redeemed?” So, I don’t know. I don’t even think Steve knows. How can he even approach redemption? I think he’s done a great job of coming closer to redemption as a character.
These are sort of esoteric, metaphysical questions. That’s what makes him such a bona fide, giant hit character”. When having been asked on the series’ finale, the Peaky Blinders Executive Producer explained, “I think it was an incredibly satisfying ending, irrespective of the tragedy of Helen McCrory’s death, because the road to redemption is a complicated one, and for the people who experience it, it’s extremely difficult.
It has a giant impact on everyone else in their orbit. Their wives, their children, their family, their friends. [Tommy Shelby] didn’t kill the doctor who betrayed him in the end. And Michael revenged Polly’s death.
So, I think both of those choices were representative of the difficulties of actually getting redemption. I think it was an exceptionally challenging problem for Steve, which he handled beautifully. What do you think?” Ignoring the fact that Tommy’s character often reflects people with post-traumatic stress disorder, Mandabach added, “That’s why it’s resonating all across the world because it isn’t just people in the UK or the US who’ve experienced PTSD.
He has a line, I think it’s in Series 2, where he says, “I’m just the best example of what a working-class man can hope to achieve”. And so, wherever there’s an aspirational culture, where the men have been particularly afflicted, there’s a Peaky Blinders viewer”.
Regarding the franchise’s future, Mandabach said, “I don’t think the franchise will ever end. Assuming that if we did a movie to take place in the ’40s, and if we did a spin-off series, it would probably be later than that.
Because of these sorts of issues that the show talks about — whether it’s class or race or however you experience your context — it’s really important to know that you’re not alone”.