Cillian Murphy Loves the Ambiguity of the Peaky Blinders Ending

But he’s up for the movie too.

Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in season 6
Photo: BBC

Warning: contains spoilers for Peaky Blinders series six episode six “Lock and Key”.

It’s almost two years since Tommy Shelby disappeared over the horizon on a white horse, having dismantled the life he’d spent over a decade building through blood and strategising. Where Cillian Murphy’s character rode to after the credits rolled on Peaky Blinders finale “Lock and Key” is anybody’s guess, a question mark that Murphy adores.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs a month before the 2024 Academy Awards ceremony, Murphy – who received a Best Actor nomination for Oppenheimer – praised Peaky Blinders’ inconclusive finale, telling Laverne: “I felt like we’d done such excellent work and I really loved the ambiguity of the ending.”

Leaving behind the character of Tommy Shelby, Murphy continued, “was a little bit of a relief at that point. I was ready to take a little break.” Filming six series on the trot, one of which was delayed by the 2020 Covid-related industry shutdown, plus the sad loss of actor Helen McCrory from cancer in 2021, had clearly taken its toll.


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