Well, “Peaky Blinders” is off to a wild start! The BBC Two series, which has been off the air for approximately a year and a half, returned to the U.K. network Thursday night with all the drama and Shelby antics that fans have missed. And while the premiere was entertaining, it’s setting up a deeper storyline for the remaining five episodes in Season 3.
Series 3 kicked off with a two-year time jump to Tommy’s (Cillian Murphy) wedding day in 1924. It was revealed that Tommy chose Grace (Annabelle Wallis) over May (Charlotte Riley), and the family moved out of Birmingham and into a mansion in Warwickshire. But a fancy house doesn’t mean that the Shelby family has gone legitimate. They’re still up to their same old tricks. And Tommy still has a debt he owes Winston Churchill. He must secretly sell tanks and weapons to Russia’s White Arms as they plan an attack on the Red Army.
That storyline will continue in episode 2 as Tommy “discovers the extent of the mission given to him.” The synopsis teases that he’ll also find out the “extreme lengths his new paymasters are willing to go in their quest for power.”
But Tommy may also need to start worrying about power on the inside of his organization. In episode 1 Michael (Finn Cole) seemed to show some resentment for the Shelby leader, disliking the fact that he’s forced to only handle the legitimate side of the business, and not the fun stuff on the side. The synopsis adds that Shelby family “activities” will lead to new danger in Birmingham.
“Peaky Blinders” Season 3, episode 2 will air on BBC Two in the U.K. on Thursday, May 12 at 9 p.m. Season 3 will premiere on Netflix in the U.S. on May 31.