- Peaky Blinders’ last season premiered on Netflix.
- He was determined to assassinate Shelby.
- Neill was killed off in the series.
Peaky Blinders’ last season premiered on Netflix on June 10, 2022. For six seasons, audiences followed the Irish gang known as the Peaky Blinders, led by Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy), as they made their way through Birmingham’s underworld.
In the first two seasons, they were introduced to Inspector Chester Campbell
Played by Sam Neill, as the show’s main nemesis.
Winston Churchill dispatched Campbell to deal with a stolen weaponry shipment from the Birmingham Small Arms Company factory.
While completing his assignment successfully, he acquired a personal grudge against Shelby and his team.
He was determined to assassinate Shelby, but he was killed by Shelby’s aunt, Polly, played by Helen McCrory before he could do so.
Sam Neill on Being Murdered in “Peaky Blinders”
Neill was killed off in the series, but the show’s creator, Steven Knight, claimed that the star didn’t want to depart.
During the season five premiere, the creator discussed the moment he told the actor about his ambitions for Campbell.
Despite Neill’s brilliance, he thought his character’s storyline had reached its conclusion.
“He was in New Zealand, and I realized I couldn’t just send him the script, so I called him.”
So I called him up and told him, ‘Sam, this character has been wonderful, he’s been brilliant.’
“And he said, ‘I don’t want to die,'” the creator explained.
He went on to say that he told Neill, “like a coward,” that he would ponder Campbell’s killing.
Despite what he told the actor, Knight knew Campbell had to die, but he warned him about it out of respect for Neill.
After a week, the writer called Neill again and told him it was a done deal, and the actor said, “wonderful, fantastic.”
Neill stated that he was unable to attend the show
Many fans predicted that the actor would make an unexpected comeback after his character was killed off at Epsom Racecourse in season two.
Peaky Blinders’ Sam Neill as Chester Campbell
Neill discussed the hypotheses and his time on the show during an interview with RadioTimes.com.
“I adore Peaky Blinders and think Steve [Knight’s] writing is excellent.”
“I’m a huge fan of Cillian, Helen, and Paul Anderson [Arthur Shelby], and it’s always great to have them again because I’ve missed them,” the actor remarked.
He then discussed his time on Peaky Blinders, noting that despite shooting in “some really grim places of the world,” he had a good time and learned a lot.
Neill’s character was villainous, but he enjoyed portraying it
Although he did not directly answer the ideas, many fans interpreted his response to suggest that he would return to the show.
Unfortunately, Neill never made his much-anticipated return, and the series ended abruptly.
Shelby and his Birmingham crew, though, are not out of the woods yet.
They will make their final and final appearance in a film, which Knight has announced would be released in 2021.