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ACK Rowan was cru­ci­fied for walk­ing away from Peaky Blin­ders for a star­ring role in the new po­lit­i­cal drama Noughts + Crosses.

But de­spite leav­ing Blin­ders’ fans bereft by his early and har­row­ing exit – strapped to a wooden cross be­fore be­ing shot in the head – Rowan has no re­grets about mak­ing the leap to Noughts + Crosses, a show which he be­lieves will start im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions on race and res­onate with view­ers for decades to come.

“I was ac­tu­ally on my way to shoot Noughts + Crosses when I got the fi­nal (Peaky Blin­ders) script and I saw what they had planned,” he tells The BINGE Guide about his death scene.

“I thought maybe that my char­ac­ter might get killed in the ring in an­other box­ing se­quence. That some­one might put some­thing in their glove and take me out that way. I would have hated to just be shot in the head,” he ex­plains, adding, “at least I got cru­ci­fied be­fore that hap­pened ... I couldn’t have planned any­thing bet­ter. It was an epic way to go out.”

Fans re­acted an­grily to the grue­some and shock­ing death scene, be­liev­ing his char­ac­ter, boxer Bon­nie Gold, “de­served bet­ter”.

When his fi­nal episode went to air for the first time, Rowan fol­lowed the storm on so­cial me­dia with in­ter­est. And, while stand­ing by his choice, he un­der­stands the fans’ angst about Bon­nie’s end­ing.

Although he rel­ished his time on Blin­ders and felt his char­ac­ter was only just hit­ting his straps, he says that there’s no way he would re­turn to the show.

“There’s no way I am com­ing back from that death,” he says.

Not even as a ghost or a long-lost twin? “It’s not that kind of show,” he laughs, of the show about gang

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