Peaky Blinders 4 recap: What happened in the last series?

Peaky Blinders is finally returning for US viewers on Netflix today with a brand new series. Season five follows PTSD-stricken Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) as he climbs up the rungs of political and criminal power. The historical thriller has always been an exciting and intense watch and season four was no different as it saw some shocking deaths, hints of romance and one of the gang’s most vicious enemies so far. Now the brand new outing is finally here and dropping on Netflix this morning. Before you get stuck in, has done a quick recap of season four.

What happened in Peaky Blinders season 4?

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers from Peaky Blinders season 4

The Shelby family saved

Starting with a bang, season four opened with the Shelby family being led to the noose as punishment for the train explosion in series three.

However, Tommy managed to save them just in the nick of time, securing their pardon after blackmailing the powers that be about King George’s involvement in their crimes.

But the consequences of what happened lingered long into series four, especially for Aunt Polly (Helen McCrory) who suffered extreme trauma from the near-death experience.

As the show jumped one year later to the Christmas of 1925, the family were scattered before they were brought back together after each member was served an ominous Black Hand.

Forcing the scattered family back into their old haunt of Small Heath, the family came up with a plan to defeat the Mafia.

John Shelby’s death

One of the most shocking moments of the fourth series was the brutal moment when John Shelby (Joe Cole) was shot down outside of his home by the Mafia.

The Shelby family became the target of their wrath in season four after the Shelby’s killed Angel Changretta back in season three for his role in the death of Tommy’s wife Grace (Annabelle Wallis).

As a result, Luca Changretta (Adrien Brody) brought his gang over from New York to avenge the death.

This started at the end of the first episode when they appeared from a barrel of hay to gun John down as well as seriously injuring Michael (Finn Cole) in the process.

This led to a heartbreaking goodbye from his wife Esme (Aimee-Ffion Edwards) and brothers Tommy and Arthur (Paul Anderson).

Meanwhile, Michael spent the rest of the season healing in his hospital bed.

The Mafia defeated

Aunt Polly secured a deal with Mafia leader Luca to try and save her and Michael’s life when it seemed they were unbeatable.

Michael, in on the plan, kept quiet in order to keep his mother safe and as a result was shipped over to America at the end of the series.

However, it turned out there was a larger plan in the works as in the final episode, Tommy and Polly faked Arthur’s death to draw Luca out.

This led to a final tense meeting between the Mafia and the Shelby family where Tommy revealed he had done a deal with a family in Brooklyn wanting to take him down as well as Al Capone.

Arthur was revealed to still be alive when he came out and shot Luca dead.

Alfie Solomon’s death

Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) became something of an ally to Tommy in the early episodes of season four as the pair arranged a boxing match for their new fighters.

The boxing storyline ticks on throughout series four after Tommy makes an alliance with Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen) to train his son in reward for his protection services.

However, in a tense meeting in the finale, it became clear that Alfie had sold him out to the Mafia for his own protection.

This backfired when Tommy foiled the plan and as a result, he made his way down to Margate to kill the Camden gangster.

As it happened, Alfie revealed that he was suffering from cancer and didn’t have long left to live anyway.

The pair shot at each other at exactly the same time before Tommy left Alfie seemingly dead.

Tommy Shelby MP

After selling out Jessie Eden’s (Charlie Murphy) Communist Party secrets to the government, Tommy capitalised on the opportunity to be made an MP.

The final shots of Tommy walking out as the new Labour representative for Birmingham South set viewers up for where they will meet him in season five of the hit show.

At this moment, he was also seen walking off with Lizzie Stark (Natasha O’Keeffe) and their new baby daughter Ruby as he seemingly left Jessie behind.

The fifth series picks up in the smokey halls of Westminster and he comes into contact with the mysterious figure of Oswald Mosely MP (Sam Claflin).

Peaky Blinders season 5 is available to stream today on Netflix

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