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Peaky Blinders Creator Explains Meaning Behind Ruby's Fever Dream

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Peaky Blinders Creator Explains Meaning Behind Ruby's Fever Dream

Since Peaky Blinders returned on Monday night for its sixth and final season, fans have been discussing every last detail of the BBC drama.

After addressing some of the key questions that Peaky fans have been asking since season five wrapped, the latest episode revealed that Tommy's daughter Ruby had fallen ill with a fever.

Updating Tommy on her condition, Lizzie reveals that Ruby has been repeating the Romani words: "Tickna mora o'beng" and saw visions of a man with green eyes - news which horrifies him.

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Shouting down the phone, a panicked Tommy tells Lizzie to keep their daughter away from horses, and to keep her clear of the river.

Adding that Curly sleeps in the stables for the time being, Tommy demands that Lizzie consult Esmeralda like a doctor for Ruby's condition and that Black Madonna be put around Ruby's neck.

The words are so frightening that it sends Tommy right back to Birmingham

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But what does Tickna mora o'beng mean, exactly? And why did it freak Tommy out so much?

Series creator Steven Knight has explained all.

Tommy panicked when he heard Ruby had said these words. (Credit: BBC)
Tommy panicked when he heard Ruby had said these words. (Credit: BBC)

Speaking to Digital Spy, he revealed: "It's difficult to translate from the Romani, but it means 'devil'. It means a bit more than that, but yeah. So it's not good. It's not a good thing."

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It certainly doesn't sound promising.

Elsewhere in the episode, a beautiful tribute is paid to late actress Helen McCrory, after it's revealed that her character Aunt Polly has been killed to send Tommy a message.

Helen sadly passed away last year following a private battle with cancer, but cast and crew made sure to honour her in a special way.

Helen McCrory portrayed Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders (Credit: BBC)
Helen McCrory portrayed Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders (Credit: BBC)
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At Aunt Polly's funeral, the Shelby family honour her Romany gypsy heritage and hold a three-minute silence as a carriage with her photographs and paintings is set on fire. All the while, the camera pans across the faces of each mourner.

As smoke from the fire fills the sky, viewers can see Aunt Polly's eyes looking down on the tribute.

Peaky Blinders continues on Sunday, 6th March on BBC iPlayer.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV And Film, Peaky Blinders

Ali Condon
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