Peaky Blinders fans in tears as Aunt Polly ‘returns’ to warn Tommy Shelby

Fans of BBC’s hit drama Peaky Blinders were emotional following the second episode of the final series as the voice of Helen McCrory, who played Polly Gray, was heard

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Peaky Blinders fans were shocked when they heard the voice of Polly Gray in episode two of the hit BBC drama on Sunday.

The emotional scene came as Tommy, played by Cillian Murphy, arrived home from the US and viewers heard the voice of Helen McCrory, who passed away last year.

The line was one which Polly had said prior to her death and her words of prophecy haunted her brother.

She is heard saying: “There will be a war in this family, and one of you will die.”

Fans were quick to take to Twitter to share their thoughts on the scene, with several simply sharing a crying face emoji.

One user wrote: “Polly’s voice and Tommy having a seizure in the first ten minutes…”

Another said: “There is a big gaping hole where Polly should be.”

Tommy Shelby suffered from a seizure in episode two

And a third penned: “Another epic episode of @ThePeakyBlinder loving the links and constant involvement of Aunt Polly the great #HelenMcCrory is certainly missed. I do miss hearing red right hand at the start though!”

Viewers had been eagerly awaiting the return of the popular drama as the final series got underway last week.

The series opener pulled in 3.8 million viewers, a whopping 100,000 more than the series five opener in 2019.

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The first episode of the final series began by the show addressing Helen’s absence as they wrote her death into the storyline.

A cart of dead bodies was delivered to Tommy’s door in the opening scenes and he could then be seen opening the body bags while crying.

While Tommy unzipped the bags, the scene cut to Polly to imply that she was among the victims.

Helen McCrory’s character was a huge part of Peaky Blinders


BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd/Tiger Aspect/Robert Viglasky)

As it turned into the funeral of Polly, her son – and now Tommy’s rival – Michael was heard saying: “And I swear on the devil of the almighty God, no matter what it takes, no matter how many lies I have to tell, I will take revenge on Tommy Shelby.”

Before the credits rolled at the end of episode one, a tribute appeared on screen which read: “Dedicated to the memory of Helen McCrory OBE ‘Polly Gray’” as the sounds of birdsong played in the background.

Rebecca Foster, the artist who painted the portrait shown in the episode, penned after the episode: “It was such an honour and huge responsibility to paint this portrait of Helen McCrory for this evening’s episode of Peaky Blinders. I hope I did her justice.”

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