‘Money Heist’ Part 5: Burning Questions We Have After That Shocking Cliffhanger
Sep 6, 2021   •   Kyzia Maramara
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Sep 6, 2021   •   Kyzia Maramara
The first half of the fifth season of Money Heist dropped on Netflix last Sept. 3. In season 5, the robbers are still trapped inside the Bank of Spain but this time they’re fighting a war with the police and the military. The fast-paced series had everyone sitting on the edges of their seats, clicking “Next Episode” until the credits (and our tears) rolled on episode five. It’s the most shocking Money Heist ending and that’s saying a lot. So what really happened? Did she really die? Did our most hated antagonists die? Here are our burning questions we need answered ASAP.
🚨🚨🚨 WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!!! 🚨🚨🚨
This season, we get more of Berlin’s (Pedro Alonso) backstory told in flashbacks. We meet his son, Rafael (Patrick Criado), a cyber security geek from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Berlin reconnects with him to lure him into quitting his “boring” job and experiencing the thrill of living through heists instead. #YOLO. To whet Rafael’s appetite on what’s to come, Berlin stages a mini “zero-risk” heist which effectively wins his son over. The viewers know Berlin just wants to use Rafael in the future but Rafael thinks it’s a great daddy-son bonding moment. Dad of the year, right? Rafael wasn’t shown in the present but with all that build-up, we’re guessing he’s another card the Professor (Alvaro Morte) will put into play for Vol 2.
Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and the Professor are currently in a truce. Although the cunning ex-agent cornered the Professor, Marseille (Luka Peros), and Benjamin (Ramon Agirre) in their hideout and tied them up, her unborn baby wouldn’t stand for the violence. It chose the worst possible moment to be born into the world. The Professor eventually had to deliver his enemy’s baby (Is there anything this guy can’t do?). Going through that traumatic ordeal would make the worst enemies bump their relationship status into acquaintances, don’t you think? Alicia even had a discussion with Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituño) on what to name her baby girl (Victoria).
Towards the end, although Alicia didn’t pull any stunts, she did sneakily do something in the bathroom. We won’t be surprised if her plan to get back at these robbers is suddenly back on track. But we wouldn’t be surprised if she joined them either. After all, the police threw her under the bus and made her a scapegoat.
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If you’re expecting a miracle, sorry folks, there’s none here. It pains us to say that Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó) really did die. But she didn’t go down without a fight.
When the elite army broke into the gang’s kitchen fort, Tokyo couldn’t jump down the dumbwaiter like Denver (Jaime Lorente) and Manila (Belén Cuesta) did seconds ago. Her arms and legs, which had five gunshot wounds, were too injured for that. Rio also couldn’t drill a bigger hole in time to help his lover. Although she was cornered, she managed to take out a few guys and say a tearful goodbye to Rio (Miguel Herrán) and the Professor before taking more bullets herself. And for the final grand act of sacrifice, Tokyo blew up all the bombs on her vest while Gandia (José Manuel Poga) was standing over her. The only solace in her death is that at least Gandia, one of the most hated characters, died.
Since Tokyo was blown to bits, will she still narrate Vol 2 while somewhere in the spiritual realm with Nairobi (Alba Flores) and Berlin? The writers could pull off a Tokyo-guardian-angel-who-can-see-everything bit and fans would undoubtedly like that. But is it realistic? Fans can only guess at this point and wait painstakingly for three months to Vol 2. Money Heist writers themselves did say that the second half will focus less on the carnage and more on how the robbers will process the loss of their comrades. So maybe different characters will take turns narrating? We also won’t mind if the Professor will take over the narration. But one thing’s for sure — whoever ends up narrating isn’t a guarantee that that person won’t die before the end. That’s a realistic Money Heist ending at least.
A perfect Money Heist ending is Arturito dying and we got that. Well, almost.
You could practically hear all the fans cheering when Stockholm (Esther Acebo) herself shot Arturito (Enrique Arce) twice. And then she had to go and revive him. Bummer. He is, after all, the father of her child and her ex lover. Arturito was sent outside the building where a medical team is attempting to save his critical condition. It’s not clear whether he survived his wounds but until we see his lifeless body, we can never be too sure. After all, ang masamang damo, mahirap mamatay.
However, even if we did want his character to be written off, doing it herself pushed Stockholm into a mental meltdown. She starts hallucinating and seeing Arturito everywhere. She eventually had to inject drugs to keep the nightmares at bay. A total wrong move since she’s the gang’s doctor and she still has to attend to Helsinki’s (Darko Perić) leg wound.
The best thing about Money Heist is it’s predictably unpredictable. How so? We know that whatever bind the robbers will get in, the Professor will somehow successfully get them out of it by the end. That’s a given. The unpredictability lies in the hurdles they need to jump along the way and if all of them can make it safely to the other side. At this point, no one is safe. Your favorite robber might end up literally fighting for his/her life.
Sitting through five hours of Part 5 Vol 1, I annihilated two bags of chips, my dinner, and half a tub of leche flan. (What? That was a Friday night, let me live my life.) While I was polishing off those chips, our Robin Hood robbers were improvising a heist, dealing with rouge hostages, climbing vents, melting gold, sewing each other up, and raining bullets on an elite army all at the same time. We never see them sit down for a meal to replenish their strength, at least inside the bank. Granted, when you’re at war, the last thing on your mind is food over survival. But still, what a conundrum!
Judging by the pacing of the episodes since season 1, we know the writers will carefully wrap things up by the time we reach the end of season 5. When we love a series so much, we naturally want it to last for as many seasons as possible. But it’s a good decision to draw the line here for Money Heist ending. Dragging the story further might make the plot repetitive and predictable. (What? Are they going to rob another building?) Plus, everything is just not the same anymore with the major characters dying. Money Heist creators themselves didn’t plan on the series going beyond a season 2 so having a third to fifth season is already a blessing.
Having that three-month pause before Vol 2 drops was a smart decision from the Money Heist creators. We needed room to breathe from all high-adrenaline scenes that came one after the other. We also needed to process a major character’s death here. Everything wouldn’t be the same without Tokyo’s headstrong attitude which sometimes causes conflicts within the gang. But we’ve yet to see where the end of episode 10 will lead us.
Watch Money Heist Part 5 Vol 1 on Netflix now!
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Kyzia spends most of her time capturing the world around her through photos, paragraphs, and playlists. She is constantly on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and a great paperback thriller to pair with it.
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