Stylish crime drama Peaky Blinders recently premiered season 4 over the weekend in the UK (if you’ve seen the premiere, we kindly ask you to refrain from putting spoilers in the comments section), leaving US audiences to wonder when they would be able to partake in the latest violent malfeasances carried out by the Shelby clan. As it turns out, fans of the series won’t have to wait too long, as Netflix has announced the new season will drop on December 21, just in time for a pre- or post-holiday binge watch.
The season 3 finale left Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) in a precarious position with the rest of his criminal family after he sent them all up the river, making relations among them during their eventual reunion even more strained than usual. Hitting television on BBC Two on November 15, season 4 has already been met with strong reviews, which is sure to make American audiences even more excited to spend a little quality time during the holidays with Tommy, Arthur (Paul Anderson), John (Joe Cole), and Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory).
As per usual, season 4 won’t just be about the often hot-blooded familial goings-on in with the Shelbys; it will also introduce Oscar-winner Adrian Brody as Luca Changretta, a Mafioso who was recently released from prison and has traveled from New York looking for revenge. Changretta is set to be the season’s primary antagonist, following a long line of memorable adversaries, like Noah Taylor’s Darby Sabini, Paddy Consadine’s Father John Hughes, and, of course, Sam Neil’s original troublemaker, Chester Campbell.
Meanwhile, following the events of last season, while Tommy’s been drinking and carousing, he’s apparently caught the eye of series newcomer Charlie Murphy, who is playing a fictionalized take on historical figure and union activist Jessie Eden. Their potential romance will likely face some challenges as Tommy’s season 2 love interest, May Carleton (Charlotte Riley), is also on tap to return this season along with an appearance by frequent series guest star Tom Hardy. Adding to the cast will be Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen, who goes from playing the doomed Littlefinger to a similarly suspicious character named Aberama Gold.
Excitement and interest in Peaky Blinders has grown considerably since the series premiered in 2013. As such, it comes as no surprise that season 5 has already been ordered by BBC Two, which means US Netflix subscribers can anticipate its arrival on the streaming service roughly a month after its UK premiere. Season 5 was believed to be the series’ final season, but creator Steven Knight recently told Deadline, “The thought has long been to finish after Season 5, but the momentum and love for the thing seems to still be growing exponentially and this is making us pause before deciding finally.”
Peaky Blinders season 4 premieres on Netflix on Friday, December 21.
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