“This is more than a heist. This is war.” With the Army hot on the heels of The Gang, the fight for their lives is more imminent than ever. ‘La Casa De Papel’ or the popularly dubbed ‘Money Heist’ announced that its final season would be released in two instalments. This is a first for the show, which has divided each heist into two seasons thus far. The trailer drops the dates — the first cour will hit Netflix on September 3. The second volume will follow three months later, on December 3. The 10-episode season will be split into five episodes per volume.
Emotions and fear are running high, palpable on the faces of the heist crew as the clock ticks past 100 hours of their entrapment. Slow-motion shots of each person capture the burning fire to avenge their fallen comrade’s death. Power-packed with artillery fire from both ends, the teaser hints that not everyone will make it out alive. Show makers ditch their hallmark ‘Bella Ciao’ favouring 2WEI’s cover of Linkin Park’s ‘In the End’. The score builds up anticipation and amps up the audience for the devastating destruction it promises.
Glimpses of a lone tear escaping a defeated Lisbon and the almighty Professor struggling helplessly with tied hands sow fear into our hearts. With the Army thrown into the mix and the Professor compromised, what fate awaits The Gang? Is the Professor truly out of commission, at the mercy of Inspector Sierra? With no escape plan hidden up his sleeve, the show creator guarantees “the most epic and exciting season.”
The final season began filming on August 3, 2020, while the Instagram page announced its wrap on May 14, 2021. Written entirely during the pandemic, creator Álex Pina felt the need to flip expectations on their head. Pina says, “[they] used every tool we could to create the sensation of a season finale or series finale in the first volume itself. We decided to work in an extremely aggressive genre, putting The Gang on the ropes.”
With volume 1 going into overdrive with thrilling action, volume 2 aims to do justice to the final split-up of the gang. “In volume 2, we focus more on the emotional situation of the characters. It is a journey across their sentimental map that connects us directly to their departure,” Pina adds.
The Spanish drama took the world by storm, and bidding adieu to these characters, who have been through hell and back, will be a daunting task. However, Pina isn’t ready either, dreaming up possibilities of future spinoffs. Praising the complex and layered character design, he says, “We do have many possibilities for some spinoffsspinoffs, and I think that’s thanks to the strong and powerful identities of the characters. So, I think almost every character of Money Heist has a duality that we would like to see in a spinoffspinoff. We could watch any of them in other contexts.”
Season 5 of ‘Money Heist’ will see a majority of the cast reprising their roles — Álvaro Morte (The Professor), Úrsula Corberó (Tokyo), Pedro Alonso (Berlin), Itziar Ituño (Lisbon), Najwa Nimri (Inspector Sierra), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Miguel Herrán (Rio), Esther Acebo (Monica), among others.