Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne has dropped some major new details about the upcoming series finale, including the fact that the last episode of season six will be a feature-length treat.
The show’s final episode is now on the horizon, but fans already mourning its ending can rest assured that the drama will be going out in extended style.
Byrne has confirmed to RadioTimes.com that the big finale will clock in at an impressive 81 minutes long.
“It’s such a Peaky thing to do for the last hurrah. It’s the 10:22 news for one night only,” he said, adding that we can expect to see the show doing something new for its final TV outing.
“It feels very, very different to the rest of the season,” he said. “It feels very, very different to anything we’ve done before. It’s very epic in scope. It feels like a film – it’s a kind of dry run for the feature film.”
The show is already setting the scene for the upcoming Peaky Blinders movie, with creator Steven Knight having already confirmed that many of the new characters that viewers are meeting in this final season will be “part of what happens in [the] film”.
“The film, I know exactly what it’s about. And I know what two stories it’s going to tell,” he said. “How the story will unfold, I don’t know. What will happen after that, I want that to depend on the film. For all we know somebody is going to pop out – I think I know who it’s going to be.”
While speaking with RadioTimes.com, Byrne also took the opportunity to explain why some fans may feel that this final run of Peaky episodes have a slightly different tone to them, saying that the main purpose of season six is to really delve into the character of Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).
“Season 6 is a character piece about the darkness of Tommy Shelby’s soul and it’s how far down is he going to have to go before he can get out. And will there be any left of him?” he said.
“That’s what it is for me. And audiences who love the character will go with it because they’re on a journey with this guy, with Tommy Shelby.”
He added that there is “always going to be an element of people who want just the same stuff”, but explained that it was important to the show’s creative team that the drama needs to “evolve” and “change”.