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25th Jun 2018

Peaky Blinders creator is very coy about Tom Hardy returning to the show

Paul Moore

The return of Alfie Solomons?

As always with anything related to Peaky Blinders, consider this to be your spoiler alert warning.

After that dramatic showdown on Margate Beach between Tommy and Alfie, everyone was thinking the same thing.

Who’s going to take care of Cyril, Alfie’s dog, now that ‘The Wandering Jew’ has met his maker at the hands of Tommy?

Truth be told, the idea of losing both Alfie and Cyril is heartbreaking.

Na, being serious now because Tom Hardy was absolutely brilliant in that role and every fan of the show would love to see him continue.

Hardy’s performance as Alfie is one of the main reasons why Peaky Blinders is so brilliant because he has always been one of the most interesting, complex and hilarious characters throughout.

Yes, he’s deceitful, shifty and untrustworthy but that’s why we love him so much. Trying to understand Alfie’s motivations is like trying to trap smoke with your hands.

Who else can deliver lines like “Right, well, you will have to add another ton onto your bill, for being a c***, mate, alright,” or “Fill it out. Fuck off,” with such an incredible mix of humour and terror!

Since that memorable showdown on Margate Beach, plenty of Peaky Blinders fans have been hoping that Alfie’s gunshot to the head wasn’t fatal.

One man who might know is Steven Knight, creator of Peaky Blinders, and when he asked directly by the Birmingham Mail if Alfie Solomons is really dead, Knight simply gave a one word answer  ‘pass.’

Mmm, now that’s very interesting.

In terms of the storytelling, Alfie’s death did make perfect sense – don’t forget that he was also diagnosed with cancer – but that answer from the Peaky Blinders creator is very curious.

It’s not definitive in any sense. Alfie Solomons fans, hope springs eternal!

Here’s a frame by frame of the scene where Alfie gets shot.

You could argue that Tommy’s bullet only grazed his cheek.

This being said, when Paul Anderson (Arthur) was asked about Alfie’s fate during an old interview with Digital Spy, here’s what he said : “I didn’t know that was coming. We were unsure… there was a whole thing about whether or not Alfie would live or die, or get shot or not. It was up for debate and discussion.  I know that Tom didn’t want to go. So there was this whole thing.”

All will be revealed when Season 5 of Peaky Blinders returns.