Peaky Blinders, currently a popular television show, is a fictitious drama about the Birmingham underworld, but it is based on the very true reality of a gang of the same name in the late 1800s in the Midlands.
The appellation ‘Peaky Blinders,’ as they were called, has become a notorious one, albeit its original origins are unknown. Some claim it arose from the cruel habit of sewing razor blades into the top of their hats, but this may be a more imaginative hypothesis given that the luxury item of a disposable razor blade would not have been widespread at the time. Another hypothesis is that Peaky Blinders got their name from the fact that they used the cap to hide their faces from the victims so they couldn’t be identified.
If you still haven’t watched the show yet and it is on your must-watch list then let us warn you guys about a spoiler alert.
What happened to Arthur?
Arthur Shelby has shown to be as fundamental as he can be a burden to Tommy in the past, however Peaky Blinders Season 6 Episodes 1 and 2 presented him as a free spirit, perhaps setting up the murder of the eldest Shelby brother at the hands of Tommy, the second born and head of Shelby Limited.
Peaky Blinders Season 5 has previously cast Arthur as a figure who may have damaged Tommy’s political ambitions. Arthur stumbled when his wife, Linda, was still with him, but Tommy and Polly were there to encourage him while keeping him on track.
When Linda left him and Shelby Limited did business to smuggle opium into England against Arthur’s concerns in Season 5 of Peaky Blinders, Arthur went off the rails. But then, towards the end of Peaky Blinders Season 6, Arthur died?
Does Arthur die in Peaky Blinders?
No, Arthur Shelby does not die after Peaky Blinders Season 6! Linda tries to kill Arthur when he aggressively assaults a man she has approached, but Polly Gray shoots her in the arm first.
In Season 6, their relationship is rocky, as Arthur continues to suffer from substance abuse and mental health difficulties. Arthur is perhaps at his most vulnerable when he encounters union representative Hayden Stagg. Hayden says that he has been where Arthur is presently and tells him to “move as if it were a level surface rather than mountains.”
Even though it does not influence Arthur’s nature, this appears to have a tremendous effect on him. He is the one who exacts retribution on the IRA for Polly’s murder in the series finale.
Arthur is also the only person who discovers Tommy has TB. When Tommy learns the news, he accepts it with stoicism, whilst Arthur is angry. When Tommy bids his family farewell, Arthur is missing, choosing to go fishing. Through Linda, Arthur reminds his younger brother that he will soon be where Tommy is headed.
Arthur Shelby character
Arthur Shelby is the eldest son of Arthur and Mrs. Shelby, as well as the older brother of Thomas, John, Ada, and Finn Shelby, and the father of Billy Shelby. He is a strong Peaky Blinders member who was married to Linda Shelby. He is also the ICA’s Deputy Vice President and his brother’s right-hand man.
Where to watch Peaky Blinders?
You can stream Peaky Blinders on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for?