Season five of Peaky Blinders saw a host of fan favourite characters be killed off when Tommy Shelby’s (played by Cillian Murphy) plot to kill Oswald Mosley (Sam Clafin) backfired. However, director Anthony Byrne gave his opinion on Aberama Gold (Aidan Gillen) and Barney Thompson’s (Cosmo Jarvis) deaths following show writer Steven Knight revealing he regretted killing them off.
In the dramatic season finale, Tommy put his plan to kill Oswald into motion but he was betrayed and many of his associates were killed.
Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) was tasked with disrupting the Birmingham Blackshirts rally while Barney was supposed to assassinate Oswald.
Meanwhile, Aberama was waiting in the wings during the political figure’s speech in the hope of avenging his son’s death.
However, Tommy’s plan had been unknowingly exposed to Oswald and Barney was killed before he could follow out the assassination.
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“He’s such a fine actor but I think Steve reacts the way fans react to stuff.”
“You don’t want to see people get killed,” Anthony continued. “You know it’s a part of the world and a part of the drama of it. Aidan understood it, he was fine with it.
“I remember Steve saying, we were in the Black Country Living Museum shooting something and Steve was talking to me about Barney and he said, ‘Man that guy’s really good, maybe we shouldn’t kill him’.
“But I had to tell him, ‘We’ve got to kill him,’ so he was another one as well.”
Steven revealed he regretted killing off Aberama and Barney during a watch-a-long of the season five finale with Esquire.
Discussing Aberama’s murder, he said: “I should have kept him alive, I could have just wounded him.”
Speaking about Barney star Cosmo, he said: “There’s him playing Barney Thompson who’s just brilliant and I really wish I’d kept him alive now because he’s such a good actor.”
Peaky Blinders season 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix now.