Developed by Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders is a period crime drama series about organized crime in Britain between the two world wars. The story revolves primarily around the part Irish Catholic, part Romance Shelby family, leaders of the Birmingham street gang of the same name. In Season 2, the viewer meets Michael Gray (Finn Cole), Polly Gray’s son. He quickly becomes part of the main cast. Polly doesn’t want her son involved in the dark side of the family business, but eventually she realizes she can’t stop him. If you’re wondering if Michael dies in the sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders, we’ve got the answer for you. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Will Michael survive?
The relationship between Michael and Tommy Shelby, the head of the Shelby family, continues to deteriorate as the series progresses. In Season 5, Michael proposes reorganizing the organization and putting him and his American wife, Gina, at the helm. Tommy, of course, rejects this suggestion.
Polly even makes an ominous prophecy involving Michael and Tommy. There will be a war in this family and one of you will die, she declares. Ironically, the war she predicts here actually begins after her death. At the beginning of season six, the Shelby family learns that the IRA killed Polly. Michael blames Tommy and his ambitions for his mother’s death and travels back to the United States with his wife. There he begins working for Gina’s uncle Jack Nelson, the powerful and influential crime boss turned businessman and politician. For the next four years, he and Tommy no longer see each other.
In 1933, Michael represented Nelson’s interests in a meeting with Tommy. With Prohibition ending, Tommy suggests supplying opium to Nelson’s gang, who can then distribute it in America. It appears to be the beginning of a business relationship between Tommy and Nelson, but it quickly becomes clear that both men are out to take out the other. Tommy puts Michael in jail for opium possession, taking him out of the game while Tommy tries to cut a deal with Nelson.
Michael spends the months in prison plotting revenge. He claims that he should be the one to kill Tommy. After his release from prison he gets the opportunity to do so. In the season finale, Michael comes to Miquelon Island with several of Nelson’s associates and meets Tommy again. However, Johnny Dogs, a longtime subordinate of Tommy, switches the car bomb Michael brought to kill Tommy. When it explodes, it kills the men who accompanied Michael. But he doesn’t know that and comes out of the bar where he was. At that moment, he’s staring down the barrel of Tommy’s gun.
Knowing that he is about to die, Michael points out to Tommy that this is the cause of all the misery her family has endured. It is his final act of rebellion against a man who has once again beaten him. Michael appears to have resigned himself to his fate, even a little relieved. And then Tommy shoots him in the eye, killing him, fulfilling Polly’s prophecy.