Peaky Blinders Fans Seem To Think Alfie Solomons (Who Was Shot In The Face) Isn't Dead
There aren't many characters in the last few years of TV history who prompted as much public mourning as Alfie Solomons. The Jewish Gang Leader of London played rambunctiously and infectiously by Tom Hardy, his demise at the end of Peaky Blinders' fourth season at the hands of Tommy Shelby was one of the most talked-about TV events of 2018.
Despite the Adrian Brody-led emotional roller-coaster that was Season 4, Season 5 of Peaky Blinders has proven to be equally gripping, as the newly-named Thomas Shelby MP finds himself at war on multiple fronts with prominent fascist Oswald Mosely. In perhaps a sign of the current political times, Mosely has proven one of the show's most iconic villains, with a good deal of the show's online fanbase well and truly out for his far-right blood.
Without wanting to stray too far into spoiler territory, the final episode of the series is due next week, and the show currently has the Shelby clan amassing their allies for a climactic showdown with Mosely and his men. When talking with Billy Boy leader Jimmy McCavern about those who could potentially cause problems for the Peaky Blinders and co., Shelby remarks "I would suggest the most competent organiser of men in the south is Alfie Solomons."
Jimmy replied: "He's dead and he's Jewish - and I'd say as far as our boss is concerned him being dead would be less of an obstacle than him being Jewish."
In response Tommy remains silent, which has led a lot of people to think that Tommy knows something that everyone else in the show doesn't. Because we haven't seen that plot device used at all over the last 5 seasons.
The problem with this theory lies within the circumstances of Solomons' death at the end of the last season. Tommy shoots Alfie dead at the end of a long feud between the two, during which Solomons sells Shelby out to the Italians. Solomons also claims that he's dying of cancer, and once Alfie shoots Tommy in the side to goad him into putting him out of his misery, Shelby has no real reason to keep him alive.
Even so, it hasn't stopped the Peaky Blinders fandom from wildly speculating on Hardy's imminent return to the series, even if it is just for one episode.