10 Best Peaky Blinders Episodes

9. The Loop (Season 5 - Episode 4)

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Seeing Sam Claflin's Oswald Mosley spout his rhetoric with such vigour and authority makes you see just why he is a convincing enemy.

As Tommy amps up his allies and enemies, keeping them close to him so he can pull them into the optimum position to strike, he is faced with visions of his dead wife and results in him almost killing himself from grief there and then. Tommy feels like he is fading fast across the fifth season, never more so than when his visions start to get the better of him and we see a man worn down by war and conflict continue to crack slowly apart.

Tommy makes a truce with the Billy Boys, keeps his obligation to Parliament and to Mosley, as well as convincing Aberama Gold to hold his vengeance. All that, whilst mentally haunted and making a slight reference to Alfie Solomons being alive would be enough to topple some, but it proved once again to be all in a days work for Tommy.

The Loop was an episode of pure strategy and careful movement, it feels like the calm before the storm in hindsight re-watching it, and what a storm it eventually wrought.


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