Exclusive: Spoiler alert: This post contains details about the end of the series Diseased blind: Diseased blindThe award-winning, fan-adored Gangster epic, created by Steven Knight, ended in the UK on Sunday night in the form of his TV series (it debuted on June 10 via Netflix in the US and elsewhere). The finale, which has been unanimously acclaimed, also leans towards the upcoming many touted movies, which Knight, in our discussion below, says will take place during World War II. Our postmortem is going on here PikiAnd look forward.
Deadline: So, let me just start with this: Thank you for not killing Tommy
Steven Knight: You can’t kill Tommy! It’s good that it’s the last episode because people think he might die, but if there’s another series … you know what I’m talking about? So you have that by your side.
Deadline: How does it feel to be here after nine years?
Night: Oh, fantastic. I just watch, which I don’t usually do, I just watch the reviews and that’s nice. I think they are the best we have ever had Piki Which is amazing. Not just reviews, again what I don’t usually do, I see what people are saying on the internet and it’s absolutely amazing. The truth is that critics and fans … I think a lot of people say when the last series is over they roll up their sleeves and “prove that you’re not going to do what the other series did” and so there’s an expectation, but I think it’s flying colors. Passed with.
Deadline: During the epidemic you went through hell and even lost a favorite cast member. How did the cast respond?
Night: It was a rollercoaster, it was really hard to make – because of Helen and because of the epidemic. It’s very fancy but it’s a bit of a family with a crew. So everyone is really proud of it. It’s really emotional, but because of the film I really want to keep everything the same, not go “Oh my God, we have to do something different here.”
Deadline: You said earlier that you want to do seven seasons, so in terms of the epidemic and bringing everything down to six, how much of what is going to happen in the movie will be in 7 seasons?
Night: The thing is when I write something, but especially Piki, I tend to have a plan without something very, very broad. So for the film, it’s actually set in World War II which I think I probably couldn’t do for Series 7; I would probably take it to war but since it’s a movie I think we need to change some kind of gear.
Deadline: With the end of Season 6 last night, there seems to be something left to do, especially Tommy’s fight against fascism.
Night: That’s why it became so relevant during the war because the worst predictions came true.
Deadline: So those guys, Oswald Mosley and everyone else are going to be in the movie?
Deadline: I have seen the end of the series > Godfather-I feel it
Night: Well that’s always a compliment, I would say.
Deadline: How much is director Anthony Byrne and how much are you writing? To be Godfather References like Michael’s shot in the eye and the overall settlement of the account, or even an Odessa Steps callback? Are you consciously paying homage to this?
Night: I write it. Nothing really can be done without it, so it is scripted. That’s why I love television. I probably called this ad nauseous but the television is that what you write is shot in contrast to the movie.
Sometimes it is aware. Sometimes things conspire like that. In other words, if you’re working in the 1930s, you’re a gangster, you’re in North America – you know what I mean – the look is going to resonate with the Godfather. But there are bits – orange and using the symbols and bits that represent. But there are many more references out there that I hope people can enjoy.
Deadline: In terms of how the movie sets up this final TV season, are we looking at Duke and some of these characters who arrived late in the game?
Night: Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either, Looks like BT aint for me either. Looks like BT aint for me either. I’m really interested in the Duke, I’m really interested in Asia and see only a new generation coming through but still with the old generation.
Deadline: After a movie, are you thinking ahead?
Night: Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. It’s always the way to write it. If you don’t start with a rigid starting middle and end, which I don’t, and let it go, somehow you can figure out what’s going to happen next. Some people will come forward, and I like the idea of wartime, or post-war Britain, because it’s a very different landscape and I think it would be great to explore. It brings a whole new look, and people wear different clothes and work differently so it will be interesting.
Deadline: Speaking of new looks, Gina’s place was really innovative to see Art-Deco … and Ania Taylor-Joy played the character, she’s awesome.
Night: Yes, the way he does it is amazing. She’s awesome.
Deadline: How did you find the end? Was there an alternative version that you dropped?
Night: Finishing is a thing where you really have to concentrate really rationally because there is no other way after that. There is no way to get it anywhere in advance. It has to end, and that’s why I think the end is always the hardest. But to find a way to bind it you have to think logically where other parts of the script where you can leave it, you have to be really intelligent.
In my mind, it was another way to go. I mean, I never thought Tommy would die, but he had other ways to survive.
Deadline: When the series started in 2013, you were Tommy on a black horse. At the end of this series, he is on a white horse …
Night: Does that mean he is a good person now?
Deadline: Thank you for asking me my question!
Knight: Well, that’s what I want to do – but when we find him during World War II, is he a good man? Has he been released? Let’s see. I don’t know it yet.
Deadline: And yet, you’ve been saying for years that you want to get rid of him …
Night: Yes, or bring him back alive. The way I think of it is that he started the series as dead on the inside, as there were a lot of people after the First World War, and then slowly he started to melt. But it is a painful process because it is painful as soon as the feeling comes back. So that’s what we’ve been witnessing; So I wanted to finish it in the 11th hour and finally in peace. In other words, his first world war ended when he fired those shots and did not kill the doctor.
Deadline: We’ve been discussing for years how this show was important to you: its Broome-Ness and your family were part of the Blinders. You do a lot and have a lot of iron in the fire all the time, but is this the most personal thing you do?
Night: It’s a personal matter because I started the journey, in part it was, I wanted to give a jolt to Birmingham, to the city of Birmingham where I grew up to internationalize my identity. It was an ambition, and it happened, so it’s not just a reaction to the TV series as a TV series. This is the result of entering cultures in many different countries and people wearing clothes like this and drawing tattoos like this and all this. But they all come back to Birmingham again … and the only thing that people tell me is that if they come from Birmingham and when they go abroad, people say ‘Picky Blinders.’ I just think it’s really great. It’s a job done. And as a result, I’m building a studio in Birmingham and we’re going to create a lot of content there. So hopefully this is a bit of a legacy for the city as well.
Deadline: Let’s take a few steps. When Tom Hardy’s Alfie Solomon makes it to the finals, it’s time to take a deep breath. Hardy has always been a fan favorite and you and Celian have worked with him more than once. Is Hardy ad-living those scenes at all?
Night: In the beginning, when he shot one of the first episodes, he did a lot of lip service – he doesn’t do it anymore, which is good. I remember for the first time, the scene was written for about four minutes and it lasted about 20 minutes. He had just traveled – which is great because a lot of it was really good. But he wants to stick to the script now.
If you get Celine and Tom Hardy together in one scene, it’s a luxury you’d think I’d make it better.
Deadline: And so Piki is ahead in the universe? What’s up with the ballet starting in September?
Knight: The way they work with ballet is really great and awesome. They book the theater and then say, “Okay let’s make it” and the theater is booked and people buy tickets and you think, “Okay, we better do it.” But we are in very good hands. It’s all written, but its original shape, the choreography is coming round, it’s just very good. I love it.
Deadline: Is this going to be a callback in a new story or series?
Night: It’s a story that people know, it’s basically the story of Tommy and Grace.