‘Peaky Blinders’ Creator Hints at Spinoff Shows After Season 6 — But He’s Not Creating Them

Peaky Blinders Season 6 marks the end for the Shelby family — at least, that’s what fans suspect. While show creator Steven Knight said season 6 is the last season of the show, it seems fans will still get to experience more of the Shelbys via a Peaky Blinders film and possible spinoff shows. But Knight said he won’t take part in creating the shows.

Is ‘Peaky Blinders’ based on true events? Show creator Steven Knight used his family history

Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy from 'Peaky Blinders' Season 6 stand side-by-side at a premiere
Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy the ‘Peaky Blinders’ premiere | Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Peaky Blinders brings viewers through the world of Thomas Shelby (played by actor Cillian Murphy) and his family. The first season shows Tommy navigating the world of gangster crime through Birmingham, England, after World War I. Now, in Peaky Blinders Season 6, we expect to see a fantastic finale to Tommy’s world — especially after someone close to him betrayed him at the end of season 5.

So, is Peaky Blinders based on true events? While the Peaky gang existed as a real gang, Tommy Shelby remains a fictional character. But Knight took his family history to inform the show, as his father often talked about the real-life gang.

“He said they were immaculately dressed,” Knight told journalist Andrew Billen for the Royal Television Society. “Razor blades, guns, drinking beer and whisky out of jam jars.”

Additionally, Knight commented on how he grew up — and what his parents experienced. “Mum and dad’s childhood was set against a supporting cast of war casualties and victims of circumstance,” he wrote, according to GQ. “Times were hard and life was often brutal, dangerous, and harsh. … Sanitation was almost non-existent. Men fought, women fought back, and children sat in the shadows and watched.”

Cillian Murphy from 'Peaky Blinders' Season 6 standing next to fellow 'Peaky Blinders' cast member Annabelle Wallis with a poster of Thomas Shelby behind them
Annabelle Wallis and Cillian Murphy from ‘Peaky Blinders’ | Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

With Peaky Blinders Season 6 on the horizon, fans can’t wait to see how Thomas Shelby’s story comes to a close. Does Thomas Shelby die? Is Grace Shelby alive? And will Michael Gray take over the family business? We hope to get all of these answers and more in the final season. But what comes after season 6?

According to Knight, spinoffs — though, he won’t call them that — could happen. He told Variety his final project with Peaky Blinders will be a show. From there, his hands are off.

“And that will probably be the sort of the end of the road for Peaky Blinders as we know it,” Knight said about the. movie. But he then mentioned “shows related” may crop up, though he wants to “pass on the baton” to other writers, directors, and producers.

It doesn’t sound as if other writers have solid plans for future related shows, though. Perhaps Knight will miss the Shelby family and want to hop back into the story.

When is ‘Peaky Blinders’ Season 6 coming out?

When is the Peaky Blinders Season 6 release date? While the BBC and Netflix haven’t given a solid date just yet, a newcomer to the cast gave a clue.

“That comes out, from what I last heard —  I mean, these things change so quickly -– I think that will come out next February, the beginning of next year,” cast member Conrad Khan told RadioTimes.com. “There was so much footage, so many episodes, that it does take a while to edit –- six months or something.”

We look forward to hearing more about Peaky Blinders Season 6 — and any upcoming projects to come for Knight or within the Shelby family universe.

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