'Peaky Blinders' Fans Have A Bombshell Theory About Charlie And Tommy
*Warning: major Peaky Blinders series five finale spoilers ahead.*
Fans will no doubt still be reeling at last night's Peaky Blinders series five finale, which fired on all cylinders in terms of bombshells.
First, there was Michael Gray staking his claim as Tommy Shelby's successor and proposing an expansion into America, then there was Alfie Solomons' resurrection from the dead, and finally *that* explosive ending.
In amidst the drama there was a tender scene between Tommy and Charlie Strong - and some fans are convinced that a major hint was dropped. Did you spot it?
During the exchange, Tommy (played by Cillian Murphy) pays his old friend a visit at the Yard where he quizzed Charlie (Ned Dennehy) on his mother's death.
As we know, Charlie is often referred to as Tommy's 'uncle' on his mother's side, though it's not clear whether this is through blood or through marriage. Still, it made the next part more than a little confusing...
As Charlie recalled how Tommy's mother drowned by suicide in the the canal following a battle with depression, he said: "You see I was in love with her, Tom. No one knew but me. Broke my f*cking heart to pull her from The Cut."
Responding to Charlie's revelation, one fan tweeted: "The scene between them tonight was very touching, although I did have a horrible thought that Charlie was going to announce he was Tommy's Dad for a minute."
"Wow! That never occurred to me. Is Tommy the fruit of a 'forbidden' relationship or did Charlie just love Tommy's mother from a distance?," one said in response.
"Is Charlie Tommy's dad?" wrote another.
"I think a good chance!" said another.
Fans will remember being introduced to the Shelby siblings' 'known' father, Arthur Shelby, in season one.
Arthur abandoned the children when they were young, leaving them in the care of their aunt Polly after their mother died from suicide. However he made a shock return in 1919, promising his son, Arthur, he would build a casino empire with him.
However this turned out to be a lie so he could tap into his son's growing fortunes.
After a showdown with Arthur, he left, but the brothers later learnt he was shot in Boston some time in 1924.
Although Charlie being Tommy's real dad would undoubtedly be a strange twist, it might make sense seeing as Charlie has always been a stalwart member of the Peakies.
Either way, we'll have to wait a whole year for the next season to find out...
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