Peaky Blinders creator explains Ruby’s fever dream and the meaning behind it

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1 Mar 2022, 16:41

Credit: BBC One

Credit: BBC One

Since the hit BBC drama returned to our screens on Monday, Peaky Blinders is all anyone can talk about.

A lot happened in the last episode, but one of the things that stuck in viewers' minds came towards the end when Tommy was informed his daughter, Ruby, has fallen ill with a fever and is hallucinating.

Speaking on the phone to Lizzie, she told Tommy that their daughter kept repeating the words: “Tickna mora o’beng”, which is Romanian.

If that wasn’t enough to spook Tommy, when she told him their daughter was also seeing visions of a man with green eyes, the hardened gangster appeared horrified.

Clearly panicked, Tommy barked instructions down the phone to Lizzie, telling her to keep Ruby away from horses and away from the river.

He added Curly needed to sleep in the stables for the time being, and Lizzie must listen to Esmeralda like a doctor when it came to their daughter’s condition and that she wears a Black Madonna.

Tommy was so shaken by the news, he cut his trip in America short to return to Birmingham.

The episode abruptly ended there, leaving many viewers questioning what on earth Tickna mora o’beng means and why was Tommy so panicked.

Well, series creator Steven Knight has shed some light on it all.

In an interview with Digital Spy, the show's creator revealed: “It’s difficult to translate from the Romani, but it means ‘devil’. It means a bit more than that, but yeah. So, it’s not good. It’s not a good thing.”


Despite the terrible news, many fans congratulated Cillian Murphy on his amazing actor during the episode, with some calling him the most underrated actor of our generation.

At another point in the episode on Monday, we got the opportunity to say goodbye to the late actress Helen McCrory after her character Aunt Polly was killed in an ominous message for Tommy.

Helen had passed away before filming for season six started, but the cast and crew made sure to dedicate the first episode to her.

Peaky Blinders continues on 6 March at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.