THE DUFFER BROTHERS TALK STRANGER THINGS SEASON 2
There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand. Even with the Upside Down, we have a 30-page document that is pretty intricate in terms of what it all means, and where this monster actually came from, and why aren’t there more monsters — we have all this stuff that we just didn’t have time for, or we didn’t feel like we needed to get into in season one, because of the main tension of Will. We have that whole other world that we haven’t fully explored in this season, and that was very purposeful.
We leave these dangling threads at the end. If people respond to this show and we get to continue this story — we had those initial discussions of where we might go with it. If there was going to be a season two, we would reveal more of that 30 page document, but we’d still want to keep it from the point of view of our original characters. (…) SEE HERE THE FULL ARTICLE
Hello! In 2x05, Tommy helps Curly clean the horse stalls before his reunion with Grace. What's the significance of this act?
Hi anon! Thanks for the question! I love that scene and I haven’t written about it yet, so:
Like all the scenes in Peaky Blinders I think this one is working on several levels. (Side note: I could watch it far longer than it goes, ahem…) On the most basic, Tommy has quite a bit of nervous energy to get rid of before seeing Grace and is getting it out with straightforward labour. He always has a certain physicality about him but it’s rare to see Tommy expending energy, (except in a fight, though even those are not so common for him), so the scene takes him to a place where things are uncomplicated and physical, rather than complex and rational. This is somewhat explained by the symbolic shovelling of actual shit, rather than the metaphorical stuff of his daily existence, to remind himself ‘who I’d be if I wasn’t who I am.’
The scene is Tommy’s version of Grace’s preparation in her room at the Ritz. Both scenes acknowledge a notion of who each of the characters ‘really is.’ Notably it’s not who they display, in a notion that extends way back to the dressing scenes of 1.03. The real Grace is hiding herself behind a ‘perfect,’ her word, veneer of hair, make-up and outfit; Tommy’s scene nods to his roots, and in doing so emphasises the façade he wears daily (which crumbles around Grace, as much as he tries not to let it, in one of my favourite scenes of the entire second series). Tommy’s approach to the house in Primrose Hill on foot is echoed by Grace’s approach in the cab too. All four of those scenes are designed to heighten the anticipation and the tension when they at last meet. To Bring You My Love was their theme for the series, and it’s deployment in the approach scenes practically yells what’s going on.
Something else I have to mention because it’s on my mind and I’m not sure when I’ll next get the opportunity is that, as far as I can recall, the Tommy and Grace plot from the middle of 2.05 is the longest continual plot Peaky Blinders has ever done. Scene to scene, shit-shovelling to Grace’s slap, it’s all about them for something like 14 minutes - a full quarter of the episode. There is no intercutting with a scene from any other plot like Arthur’s arrest or Polly’s sacrifice for Michael or John planting the bomb, the things that comprise the rest of 2.05. The focus adds to the somewhat narcotic (another callback to Series 1) and obsessive atmosphere between them, and emphasises the stakes for Tommy. It’s rare that his attentions, like the viewers’, are so concentrated on only one thing - he usually has several in the air so to speak. It’s a hugely important set of scenes for the trajectory of the show as a whole.
i saw your reply to the person about the ratings & how people are dropping off because they can't deal with things the show talks about -- im unfortunately one of those people & really disappointed that i had to stop watching because i LOVE the show & the first season was amazing. season two has been less so & as soon as elliot gave his "fuck god" speech, i had to draw the line. i just felt like he//the show was personally attacking those who choose to believe in their choice of religion :(
Hey anonymous friend, thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry you needed to drop the show after the most recent episode, but understand why you feel the way you do. Personally, however…