Why is Money Heist season 5 its finale? Makers say ‘smartest thing to do is leave with a bang’

Money Heist 5 is fast approaching its release date. So then Netflix announced in August last year that the next season will also be its final one, fans across the world were left with mixed feelings. While they cannot wait to know what happens inside the Bank of Spain after the cliff-hanger ending of Money Heist 4, they were also sad that the hit crime-drama is coming to a close.

In an exclusive chat during the virtual set visit from Spain, La Casa De Papel or Money Heist makers got candid about why the team took the call of giving us a finale with the upcoming season.

Asserting that the emotional graph of several characters needed a closure, Money Heist showrunner and Executive Producer Álex Pina said, “We’ve made over 2,000 minutes of fiction with two heists. I think we’ve exhausted some of the characters’ emotional arcs and their arcs of transformation. We’ve told a lot and I think it’s a good time to stop. It’s a very climatic season and I think it’s always better to leave sooner rather than later.”

The gang of robbers, masterminded by the force called The Professor, is undertaking its second heist at the Bank of Spain right now. They commenced the plan after successfully robbing the Royal Mint of Spain in the show’s first two seasons. However, the arrest and illegal detention of one of their members, Rio, forced the team to reunite with a bigger agenda.

The show, which began with eight original robbers, saw three of them getting killed by the end of first robbery. These were Berlin, Moscow and Oslo. However, due to the popularity of Berlin (Pedro Alonso), the character was brought back in season 3, through flashbacks.

On the other hand, new gang members like Stockholm, Lisbon, Palermo, Bogota, Manila and Marseille have joined the robbery. This time, it is no more about money. They all have declared war against the biggest new enemy – the army.

Director, Executive Producer and core team member, Jesús Colmenar further revealed in the virtual meet, “We have many examples in international fiction of series that we think dragged on too long. And I think the smartest thing to do when a series is at the peak of its success, as Álex says, is to leave with a bang and make a season that is very special in many ways.”

money heist netflix stills professor tokyo Money Heist began with The Professor and his team of eight gang members on Spanish TV channel Antena 3 in 2017. (Photo: Netflix)

Jesús further hinted that they’ve tried to connect all threads in Money Heist 5 to draw curtains on the series. “It is very different from all the previous seasons and we have put all our eggs in one basket to go out with a bang,” he concluded.

Money Heist 5 will be a ten-episode season that’ll release in two parts. While part one will begin streaming on Netflix on September 3, part two will debut on December 3.

The season will take off from where we left it in season 4, including Nairobi’s death and inspector Alicia Sierra nabbing The Professor at his hideout.

Actors Álvaro Morte (The Professor), Úrsula Corberó (Tokyo), Itziar Ituño (Lisbon), Miguel Herrán (Rio), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Esther Acebo (Stockholm), Rodrigo de la Serna (Palermo) and Najwa Nimri (Alicia Sierra) among others will be returning.

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