Netflix’s Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) has managed several incredible feats with the Professor’s intricate plans, but the biggest was hands down convincing audiences to sympathize with the relatable robbers under the Dali masks.
Usually, the anticipation that carried earlier seasons seems to dissipate with each passing season, but that’s not the case with the Spanish-language drama. Season 4 saw the most bloodshed and action out of all the seasons combined, and it left fans clinging to a major cliffhanger.
Unlike season 2, which neatly wrapped up the heist and saw everyone moving on with their happy ending, season 4 ended without giving fans any answers and the Professor’s team running out of time still inside the Bank of Spain.
You would think that such a cliffhanger would warrant an immediate renewal, but Netflix has yet to greenlight the series for season 5.
However, considering the worldwide recognition the series is gaining, especially as audiences look for new shows during COVID, there isn’t much to worry about.
The statistics don’t lie, and Netflix surely won’t ignore that season 4 scored 65 million views. It continues to rank in the top 10 of shows outside of Spain, and it was the most-watched show on Netflix since the onset of coronavirus in mid-March in New York, California, and New Jersey.
With all that in mind, here’s what you need to know about Money Heist Season 5.
When Will Season 5 Happen?
Considering it hasn’t been renewed yet and the coronavirus pandemic has put TV productions worldwide at a standstill, it’s unlikely we’ll get new episodes in 2020. The break between the premiere of season 3 and season 4 was roughly nine months, so prior to COVID, there was a chance season 5 could’ve debuted in late December. While the wait may be unbearable, we have no doubt it’ll be worth it.
Aside from COVID, the creator of Money Heist is also under a deal with Netflix for two more projects White Lines (season 1 dropped on May 2020 to mixed reviews) and Sky Rojo (currently scheduled for a 2020 release), which may interfere with the release of season 5.
What’s the Plot
For starters, the heist is still happening. After an incredible escape, Lisbon (Inspector Raquel Murillo) dropped into the Bank of Spain on a government chopper to rejoin the rest of the Professor’s team. Unfortunately, the celebrations were shortlived because in those few moments while the Professor was distracted, he was ambushed by Alicia Sierra, and as she pointed the gun at him, you knew it meant trouble for everyone.
There are plenty of lingering threads and avenues for Money Heist Season 5 to explore by ending on such a cliffhanger. How will the Professor get out of Alicia’s grasp? One theory is that she’ll go into labor and have no choice but to trust the Professor. (And let’s be serious, there’s no one more equipped at dealing with labor than Sergio). It’s possible she’ll be ambushed by all of the Professor’s men and Marsella.
And then, there’s the plan of escaping the Bank of Spain. After two seasons, we still have no idea how the Professor plans to get his crew out of there with cops and special forces swarming the place, but again, we have no doubt the plan is nothing short of meticulous, incredible, and adrenaline-filled.
We also don’t know why Lisbon threw herself into the lion’s den nor do we know what they have planned for Gandia.
While season 5 is practically writing itself, there’s plenty of room for surprises as the showrunners told El Mundo that they like to go “game by game” when writing the seasons.
“Chapter by chapter, sequence by sequence, line by line. We do not ever consider how long the show can last. If we got to know the scope of the phenomenon, we wouldn’t have thought to kill Berlin.”
Who Will Star?
We can expect all the familiar faces we’ve all come to know and love. Everyone that was inside the Bank of Spain (even Arturito) will return including Ursula Corbero (Tokio), Esther Acebo (Stockholm), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Miguel Herran (Rio), Darko Peric (Helsinki), Rodrigo de la Serna (Palermo), Enrique Arce (Arturo Roman), Hovik Keuchekerian (Bogota). They join Alvaro Morte (the Professor), Najwa Nimri (Alicia Sierra), Luka Peros (Marsella), Mario de la Rosa (Suarez), Belen Cuesta (Julia), Ahikar Azcona (Matias Cano), and Fernando Cayo (Colonel Tamayo).
Will we See More of Berlin and Nairobi?
Both deaths had a gripping effect on viewers. Berlin’s death in season 1 was upsetting, especially since he was a multi-faceted villain, but it showed that the series creators weren’t afraid to take out the big guns and kill off beloved characters. Oftentimes, a character will overstay his or her welcome due to fan service, and that’s usually when showrunners do audiences the biggest disservice. In our short time with Berlin, we were able to better understand him and so, even though he was a psychopath, his death was also devastating because it was a loss of a friend and family member. “We always try to give characters multiple sides, which breaks viewers’ preconceptions. Villains can have good qualities, as we’ve seen with Berlin,” Alex Pina told Variety.
However, Berlin’s death didn’t mean the end of Berlin because, in order to understand him and the “plan” further, we had to dig back into the past. And thus, it’s almost guaranteed that Pedro Alonso will reprise his character in season 5.
It’s a similar situation with Nairobi, whose death may have been gut-wrenching but necessary. The stakes are high, tensions between the robbers and the police are escalating, and things with Gandia were too close to home. It wasn’t realistic for everyone to enter such a dangerous plan and come out unscathed. The Professor warned everyone that the likelihood of leaving the Bank of Spain alive was slim to none. So, Nairobi’s death was necessary to infuse the already far-fetched storyline with some much-needed realism. While fans want to see more of Alba Flores in the character, possibly in flashbacks as the Professor’s plan unravels, the Netflix documentary Money Heist: The Phenomenon showed Flores’ last day on set.
What’s the Timeline
Considering the immediacy of the cliffhanger, expect the series to pick up exactly where it left off. COVID may have derailed plans, but the plot remains the same. And we all know every minute counts in the Bank of Spain. Time is money.
We can’t wait to put on our Dali masks once again and join the Professor and his team in some political resistance. Until then, hit the comments and tell us your favorite thing about the series!
‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama
The wait is almost over.
On June 18, Elite returns for its fourth season, but aside from a few new faces and a new principal hellbent on making a difference, things at Las Encinas haven’t changed much at all.
In fact, things are more dramatic than ever.
The premiere of Elite evokes the same feelings as the start of the school year — there’s a rush of excitement for what’s to come.
The series indulges in more of what has made it such a success: scandal, parties, threesomes, love triangles, intrigue, crime, and sex. So. Much. Sex.
I always forget just how many vivid sex scenes there are until I get pulled into a new season, but I’m very quickly reminded.
The first day of school for Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Ander (Arón Piper), Rebeka (Claudia Salas), Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), and Omar (Omar Ayuso) is bittersweet. While they may be getting another shot at repeating their final year, their classmates Carla, Lu, Nadia, and Valerio have moved on to bigger and better things. It’s a bummer to lose such a great group of characters, but you almost don’t feel their absence when the new crop of students takes their place, flips the world upside down for current students, and simultaneously ushers in a brand new mystery.
The new mystery anchors the story, and like in seasons past, it plays out with flashbacks that lead up to the fated moment.
However, unlike in previous seasons, we find out pretty early on who is at the center of the mystery with the how remaining the big question mark.
But there’s no question about whether the Blanco family is involved.
As Ander tells the investigator, the toxic family’s arrival “tainted everything.”
Benjamin (Diego Martin) is the extremely rich new school director. He comes in like a bulldozer with big plans to rehabilitate Las Encinas and its reputation after a tumultuous few years that led to two student deaths. He begins his reign by setting his sights on Samu and Omar, who he doesn’t believe belong at the elite school.
It’s honestly surprising anyone wants to send their children to get an education there at this point.
Benjamin doesn’t waste any time making changes, but with his focus solely on “discipline, excellence, and achievement,” he fails to realize that his family’s arrival brings the bulk of the drama.
Immediately, you begin to wonder how Benjamin plans to fix a whole school if he can’t even control his own children — Ari (Carla Diaz), Patrick (Manu Rios), and Mencia (Martina Cariddi).
Benjamin has a fraught relationship with his youngest, Mencia, who has brought the family pain in the past and continues to rebel and defy her father at every turn.
She has a genuine connection with new girlfriend, Rebeka, but the relationship stirs up even more problems for Mencia as Benjamin disapproves and thinks Rebe is a bad influence considering her mother’s reputation as a drug kingpin.
Little does he know, Mencia has gotten into a world of trouble all on her own.
While Rebe’s relationship with Mencia grows into one of the purest this season, following Samu’s betrayal last season, she’s understandably closed off and cautious with her heart.
Ander and Omar are still going strong but find their relationship is tested in unexpected ways when they invite Patrick, Benjamin’s son, into the fold.
Patrick knows the power he wields over them and intentionally meddles in their lives, but there’s also much more to him than meets the eye.
Ari is Benjamin’s star child who respects and listens to her father, but to her peers, she’s the resident mean girl who is oftentimes uptight and has a chip on her shoulder.
She catches the eye of both Samu and Guzman, which fractures their budding friendship. These two have always fought over women, but last time, Samu was being protective over his best friend, Nadia, who Guzman is still dating when the season commences.
Nadia appears only via video chat from her New York apartment, and their relationship allows the series to explore the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship that’s tested as temptation lurks right around the corner for Guzman.
While Guzman stands a chance with Ari based solely on social class and standing, Ari and Samu connect unexpectedly in an academic setting.
Who will the love triangle favor in the end?
Additionally, the school has attracted the youngest royal heir in Europe, Prince Philippe (Pol Granch). The series flips the classic “princess and the pauper” narrative to “prince and the pauper” as he connects with the school’s janitor Cayetana, making all of her fantasies come true.
But as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for” as this fairytale quickly turns into a nightmare when it’s revealed the prince has a dark secret, and Cayetana’s past secrets with the late Polo and Valerio come back to haunt her.
Overall, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you press play on the fourth season. The writers have managed to deliver yet another incredibly intoxicating season about a group of lost souls looking for a purpose and tapping into the extreme lengths they’ll go to numb their pain.
Elite hits Netflix on Friday, June 18 with eight brand-new episodes.
*This review is based on the first four episodes of season 4 that were available to the press*
WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer
There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer!
Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?
It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does.
Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)
As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.
With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?
Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine.
Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids!
‘Outer Banks’ Gets Season 2 Summer Premiere Date on Netflix – Watch the Trailer
The adventures of the Pogues will continue on Netflix.
The streaming giant renewed Outer Banks for a second season last year, but now, we have a summer premiere date and the first trailer!
The drama will officially return on Friday, July 30!
Check it out:
The season will pick up with the JJ, Kiara and Pope paying tribute to their friends John B and Sarah, who they think died at sea. However, John B and Sarah Cameron were saved by a boat on its way to Nassau where Ward stashed his gold.
Here’s the official synopsis for season 2:
“The $400M is still in the game, but will the uncovering of a new-found secret reunite the group for a fresh mission? The adventure of a lifetime awaits, but uncharted waters ahead mean our Pogues must do all they can to make it out alive,” per the official description.
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