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The adventures of Tommy Shelby are finally over as the hit BBC series focusing on the life and times of a group of enigmatic Brummie gangsters drew to a close in explosive style tonight (Sunday).

Peaky Blinders has grown a huge audience both in the UK and the US since it began six series ago and fans were all eagerly chomping at the bit to find out what happened in the final ever episode on BBC1 tonight.

There had been strong hints that Tommy Shelby, the gang’s dynamic leader, would be killed off after Tommy received a devastating tuberculosis diagnosis earlier in series 6.

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And there had also been concerns about how Michael was scheming to get revenge on Tommy for being put in prison, while the head of the Shelby family, having sworn off drinking, had also been buddying up a group of fascists behind closed doors.

And fans couldn’t wait to find out just how it would all end. SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read any further yet if you’re still avoiding the ending!

But it turns out that the doctor had been lying to Tommy and in fact, his diagnosis had all been a ruse. And in the end, Tommy Shelby, despite his flaws, got his hero’s ending as he rode off into the sunset after killing Michael, shooting him straight in the eye.

There is still a cinema feature film to come for The Peaky Blinders of course. And in fact there were still some unanswered questions as the storyline of the American and Mosley was never fully resolved.

The quote of the final episode – and perhaps of the series – which summed it up: “The only man that can kill Thomas Shelby is Thomas Shelby.”

Tommy pulled the trigger and killed Michael
Tommy pulled the trigger and killed Michael
(Image: BBC)

Viewers mostly seemed to love the series finale. But the one common thread of fan reaction was that the final episode highlighted how weak series 6 has been as a whole.

Mike Ham said: “Sorry but #PeakyBlinders final season should have just been two episodes. Brilliant finale, really didn’t get the point of the five episodes before tbh #PeakyBlindersfinale”

TheHellsThat said: “OMG THIS HAS ENDED ….. NO F***** WAYY TELL ME THIS IS A DREAMMMMMMMMMM PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A DREAMMMMM AND THIS DAMN SONG MADE ME F***** CRY WHILE SEEING ALL THE MEMORIES BURNING !!!! “

MiloAFC said: “where was this Peaky Blinders all season?”

ClaraWardd said: “nobody: the writers giving us heart attacks by thinking tommy is dead but he’s just sleeping…”

Microgalaxies said: “I leave to let the cat back in and suddenly Tommy is threatening nazis at gunpoint this episode has been wild”

@Daweseyy said: “Ok that was a good ending to the show. Awful season but that was a cracking ending.”

Michael was killed by Tommy
Michael was killed by Tommy
(Image: BBC)

Jonny Twiss said: “Perfect. Now I’ll have another series. We can forget all this last one shall we?”

DannyJones1989 said: “Has there ever been a series that has deteriorated like #PeakyBlinders . Progressively getting worse series after series episode after episode”

Lucy Dickson said: “Wow this series has been a slow burner but I’m glad I stuck with it. This final episode is just amazing couldn’t have been a more perfect ending”

MurphyWigan said: “Well that made up for the 5 other s*** episodes”

Hollers said: “That final episode of Peaky Blinders was absolutely amazing! Made up for the slow series that’s for sure!!!!”

Greypianist said: “all that crying i did when i thought tommy was gonna d!e in the b0mb and then when i thought he was gonna d!e by his own hand just for him to ride off into the sunset on his white horse. i’m very glad though”

Another said: “Peaky Blinders Spoilers (not really) // The PB final season was utter nonsense and the last episode tried to redeem it by being slightly better. Incredibly predictable. Making a movie is just dragging it on now. Anyways, the first seasons remain superior.”

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