Who is Barney in Peaky Blinders and why did he end up in the asylum?

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BBC drama Peaky Blinders is coming to a head now with just one more episode to wrap up the latest season. The penultimate instalment of season five had its share of thrills as Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) formulated a plan to take down fascist politician Oswald Mosley. However, he needed some help from an old friend and headed to an asylum to find the one man who could help him.

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Who is Barney in Peaky Blinders?

Barney Thompson (Cosmo Jarvis) knew Tommy and Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) from their time on the frontline during World War One.

They had fought together at the Black Water and they called Barney “sergeant” when they initially met at the asylum.

Barney was incarcerated due to his mental health problems and referred to as an "animal" by the guards in the hard-hitting scenes.

Tommy visited the asylum in a bid to enlist Barney to assassinate Oswald, who has been a thorn in his side throughout this season.

By getting rid of Oswald, Tommy can re-start his war with the rival Glaswegian gang the Billy Boys.

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Peaky Blinders: Tommy Shelby visited his friend Barney ThompsonPeaky Blinders: Tommy Shelby visited his friend Barney Thompson (Image: BBC)

Before asking him to kill Oswald, Tommy offered a pill to Barney that would end his pain and incarceration. 

But Barney was optimistic about the future and

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