The Blinders start a gang war against the Italians in London, while Thomas is blackmailed into killing for Major Campbell and the IRA.
Peaky Blinders (Series 2)
Created by Steven Knight
Starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory,
Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle, Annabelle Wallis,
Tom Hardy, Noah Taylor, Joe Cole, Charlotte Riley,
Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Finn Cole, Natasha O'Keeffe,
Ned Dennehy, Harry Kirton, Jordan Bolger
The second series of Peaky Blinders was a huge improvement over its decent first. This time around, the villains were larger than life and the gang fight scenes I'd wanted from series one were all over the place. In short, this was the season where s**t got real. With guest stars Noah Taylor and freakin' Tom Hardy in the mix, it was no surprise to me that this series kept me on the edge of my seat through all six episodes. I still think six isn't enough, but the story was handled much better this time. A great many threads were introduced that I hope will be tied up in series three and some revelations came to light that will no doubt change the show forever.
The ongoing battle between Thomas Shelby and the now Major Chester Campbell was the main plotline to follow this series. Campbell, while already a despicable villain, became an all-out monster, willing to do anything to hurt the Shelbys in any form or fashion. This battle came to a deeply satisfying conclusion and I must praise Sam Neill on his fantastic performance. Then, of course, superstar Tom Hardy joined the cast as Jewish psychopath Alfie Solomons. Every scene he was in was pure gold. You didn't know what the hell was gonna happen when he opened his mouth. I cannot wait for more of Alfie in series three. Noah Taylor played Derby Sabini, the head of the Italians. He was an evil S.O.B. who was finally put in his place by the Shelbys near the end of the series. Taylor's performance was a bit over-the-top, but I enjoyed it.
This series saw the return of Polly's son Michael, the return of Grace for a reason I won't spoil for everyone, and saw the Peaky Blinders become the top dogs of London town. Considering that the series finale saw Thomas permanently recruited by the British government in a sort-of reserve capacity, I'm sure that series three will somehow be even better than this one. This is a crazy unpredictable and realistic crime drama that stands out as one of Netflix's best originals.