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Linda Shelby is the estranged wife of Arthur Shelby. She was last seen driving away from Tommy Shelby’s house after surviving a gunshot wound to the arm at the hands of Aunt Polly. Linda’s return has come as a bit of a surprise for some but on the other hand, other fans are not surprised at all. What happened to Linda Shelby in Peaky Blinders? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
What happened to Linda Shelby in Peaky Blinders?
Linda Shelby was introduced to the world of Peaky Blinders as a quiet Quaker and the wife of Arthur Shelby (played by Paul Anderson) in season three
Over the years, Linda grew further apart from her past and headed deep into the Peaky Blinders lifestyle of violence and crime.
However, in season five of Peaky Blinders, Linda decided to try and turn her life around.
She retreated to her Quaker past and sought a divorce from her husband Arthur Shelby, who was devasted and enraged Linda wanted to leave with him.
Linda had been spending a lot of time with her Quaker friends and Arthur, who had issues of his own, wrongly assumed Linda and her friend Frederick were having an affair.
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Arthur turned up at the Quaker House and beat Frederick, leaving him for dead
She was last seen in season five, episode five of Peaky Blinders in 2019.
Linda turned up at Tommy Shelby’s (Cillian Murphy) home brandishing a gun in retaliation for Arthur savagely attacking Frederick.
Linda was then shot by Polly (Helen McCrory) just seconds before Linda could pull the trigger on Arthur.
The Shelby’s saved Linda’s life and treated her injuries. She survived her gunshot wound and was last seen leaving the Shelby property, telling Arthur: “I’m glad I didn’t shoot you, it would have been a kindness.”
Some Peaky fans may have thought this was the last they had seen of Linda Shelby but judging by behind-the-scenes images from the set of Peaky Blinders season six, Linda is back.
Kate Phillips has been spotted on the set of Peaky Blinders in full 1930s costume, seemingly confirming her return to the series.
At the moment exactly how Linda will make her comeback on the Birmingham scene remains unknown.
Express.co.uk will update this article when more information is available.
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In September 2020, Phillips teased Linda’s return to Digital Spy.
Speaking about Linda and Arthur’s relationship, Phillips said: “I definitely felt like there’s a lot of unfinished business there.
“They share a child together, there’s definitely no chance Arthur would let Linda get away with Billy, so they’re tied together, with the family connection, and obviously family is a big connection in Peaky Blinders.
“I’d like to think she’s going to be around and maybe there might be some reconciliation to have, but also you know her fury is pretty palpable by the end of episode five.
“But also like it does beg the question – how do you come back from trying to kill your husband?”
Peaky Blinders fans have been sharing their opinions on Linda online.
One fan on Reddit posted: “Linda was a Quaker and was a positive influence to moderate Arthur’s explosive outbursts.
“She almost succeeded but could not overcome the much stronger Shelby family influence. She eventually wore out and gave up.”
A second fan, armadillo-astronaut, said: “Overbearing and awful, but I understand her completely for wanting a better life.
“However, she knew what she was getting into when marrying Arthur, so her trying to shackle him and not allowing him to breathe or make any choice ever makes me really really dislike her.”
Another fan added: “She loves following god’s rules when she wants to lord it over you. But she was seduced by the crazy life also. She is the worst example of trying to act better than everyone, yet accepting the money from Thomas for their chickens and still talk down about their lifestyle.”
Fans will have to wait for the arrival of Peaky Blinders season six to find out just how Linda will return to the Shelby world and if she will fit in.
Peaky Blinders is streaming on Netflix and the BBC iPlayer now
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