At the beginning of the year, it seemed that Peaky Blinders was set to draw to a close following its fifth season. At the time, show creator Steven Knight said that five seasons would probably be enough to round up all of the various plot lines surrounding the dysfunctional Shelby clan.
But now, it seems Knight may be back-pedaling with the news that the show's team are considering making a sixth and final chapter.
Speaking to Deadline to promote the show's upcoming fourth season, the showrunner said:
"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."
Cillian Murphy, who plays Tommy Shelby in the show, also seems to be on board for this extra instalment. Asked about the possibility he said:
"Listen, you know Steve has so many ideas, he’s so inventive, I wouldn’t be surprised. For me, I’ve always said as long as the writing stays as good as it is, I’m around."
For the moment, we know that the fifth season will take place in 1928-29 and will follow the early days of Fascism in England.
In any case, it doesn't look like this will be the last we see of the Peaky Blinders universe, with Knight claiming he's making progress on a musical based on the series and rumours of a full-length movie also making the rounds. As he notes: "Peaky is now a beast that will not die."
You can catch season four of Peaky Blinders from November 15 on BBC2.