It’s been over two years since The Professor’s crew and their iconic Dali masks first entered the Bank of Spain, but we finally know when we’ll find out how – and if – they make it out alive.
It’s been a long wait for the bumper 10-episode fifth season, with the fourth season launching over a year ago and ending on quite the cliffhanger with a certain fan-favourite criminal mastermind seemingly discovered.
However, it seems like the show’s conclusion will be worth the wait – creator Alex Pina has said that “the war reaches its most extreme and savage levels, but it is also the most epic and exciting season.”
It’s not a good sign for Tokyo, Denver and the other surviving criminals, but good news for fans who are bound to be delivered a thrilling end to the unexpected pop culture phenomenon.
Netflix have also revealed the first look images of the show’s highly anticipated final season which can be seen below. The images depict a state of chaos inside and outside the Bank of Spain. They show The Professor caught off guard after Sierra finds his hideout, as well as Lisbon inside TV’s most famous bank.
The final season will see the war begin and The Gang must fight to survive their enemies – and after over 100 hours in the bank and with adversaries mounting, the end of the greatest heist in history is coming.
So zip up your red jumpsuit and don your Salvador Dali mask once more – here’s everything we know about Money Heist season five.
Money Heist season five quick facts:
Seasons: 5 in total. 4 so far, season five confirmed.
Episodes: 8 episodes per season, 10 episodes in season five.
Release date: 3rd September 2021 for Part 5 Volume 1; 3rd December 2021 for Part 5 Volume 2.
Money Heist season five release date: When is it coming to Netflix?
CONFIRMED: Money Heist Part 5: Volume will arrive on Netflix on 3rd September 2021.
This will be followed three months later by Part 5: Volume 2, which premieres on 3rd December 2021.
La Casa de Papel / Money Heist is finally coming back!— Netflix (@netflix) May 24, 2021
Part 5: Volume 1 premieres September 3
Part 5: Volume 2 premieres December 3 pic.twitter.com/kHQfVhw84F
Money Heist season five may have taken its time getting green-lit, but was there ever really any doubt it would happen? The series stayed in the top 10 on Netflix the week of its season four release last year, refusing to budge. While Netflix can sometimes cut series short, leaving fans with unfinished storylines, this time around we get a wrapped up narrative!
Money Heist season 5 trailer: When can we expect a trailer?
A short teaser was released in May 2021 announcing the release date. It certainly looks explosive:
Expect a full-length trailer a few weeks before a show launches – in July or August 2021.
Money Heist season 5 cast: Who’s returning and who’s new?
The volatile nature of Money Heist means that no character is safe, but there were a few who were still standing at the end of season four. Netflix has revealed who will be returning for season five – and there are a few new faces joining the team too, with Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Sense 8) and Patrick Criado confirmed as new cast members by Netflix.
The full list of returning characters and cast is; Úrsula Corberó (Tokyo), Álvaro Morte (The Professor) , Itziar Ituño (Lisbon), Miguel Herrán (Rio), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Esther Acebo (Stockholm), Enrique Arce (Arturo), Darko Peric (Helsinki), Hovik Keuchkerian (Bogotá), Luka Peros (Marseille), Belén Cuesta (Manila), Fernando Cayo (Coronel Tamayo), Rodrigo de la Serna (Palermo), Najwa Nimri (Inspector Sierra), José Manuel Poga (Gandía), and Pedro Alonso (Berlín).
Showrunner Alex Pina has claimed that the powers-that-be actually wanted him to kill off Berlin. Speaking to Hindustan Times, he said: “I had no intention of taking him out of the series. Someone said to me, ‘This character doesn’t fit with the times. You should take him out of the series.'”
Of course, he stayed, something Pina is very happy about: “[He is] a misogynist, narcissist and psychopath in many ways… But we could have a character like that in the series and the audience could freely decide whose side they’re on, right?”
Alongside the cast, there are three directors confirmed for season five; Jesús Colmenar, Koldo Serra and Álex Rodrigo.
Money Heist season 5 plot: What will happen?
Season five of Money Heist will pick up from that cliffhanger, with quite a few plot strands to resolve when the show returns.
Previously in Money Heist, the gang attacked the Royal Mint of Spain (parts one and two), while parts three and four revolved around the gang’s attempt to melt all the gold inside the Bank of Spain and take it for themselves.
For a quick recap: season four opened in typically dramatic style with one member of the gang, Nairobi (Alba Flores), fighting for her life inside the bank, while The Professor was on the run, struggling to cope with the thought that the love of his life, ex-police officer Lisbon, had been executed by the police.
It seemed like the gang were in an impossible situation, but of course The Professor always has a plan. And the season, as fans who have already binge-watched the whole thing will know, concluded in dramatic style, but with plenty of unfinished business.
This is where we’ve left everyone at the end of Money Heist season four:
Tokyo (Ursula Corbero), the fiery and impulsive young woman is inside the bank with the rest of the gang.
The Professor (Àlvaro Morte), pulled off the dramatic release of Lisbon, but received an unexpected visitor in the last moments of season four.
Lisbon (Itziar Ituno), is free from jail, after The Professor’s cunning plan to release her worked, but she is now inside the bank.
Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri), the now-disgraced police officer is on a one-woman mission to take down her nemesis The Professor. She cornered The Professor leaving the crew with no means of escape…
Finally, there’s the Easter egg we were treated to. If you watched the credits you would have heard the resistance anthem ‘Bella Ciao’ playing. The song plays into a lot of the series’ themes, but this time round it holds even more meaning as actress Najwa Nimri is singing the cover. Just before that, those fighting with Berlin and Sergio can be heard singing. Is Alicia going to join the team? We’re unsure at this point, but we’d add that Nimri also says the last line of dialogue before the credits too.
Fans have also shared their theories. One is that Alicia is actually Tatiana, Berlin’s wife from the flashbacks. This doesn’t seem likely to us as, while they do have similarities, Tatiana is played by Diana Gomez not Nimri. We won’t completely rule out a connection yet though.
While the cast isn’t giving much away when it comes to what happens next, Úrsula Corberó, who plays Tokio, did talk to Identity Mag about her and Rio’s relationship.
“I have been wondering about whether or not this relationship is toxic. With Rio’s vulnerability and Tokio being very protective of him, we can see that from the very beginning. But perhaps it’s a bit toxic because of Tokio’s personality.
“For their future… I do know how it’s going to go from here… The way I see it is that there are like two teams – and we can see this very clearly on social media. Some people want Tokio and Rio to reunite and get back together and some others are very much against this relationship and don’t want them together ever again.”
Pina revealed a few key plot points in his interview with EW too. “We are moving from a chess game – a mere intellectual strategy – to a war strategy: attack and contention,” he said said. “We always try that our opponents be charismatic, intelligent, shiny. In this case, in pure war film genre, we also look for characters whose intelligence can measure up against The Professor’s.”
He added: “Adrenaline is within Money Heist’s DNA. Every thirty seconds things take place and disrupt the characters, a turn of the screw to the action. The adrenaline mixed with feelings arising from absolutely complex, magnetic, unforeseeable characters will continue until the end of the heist to the Bank of Spain.
“However, the gang will now be pushed into irreversible situations, into a wild war: it is the most epic part of all the parts we’ve shot.
“It is action and feeling, it is black comedy and drama, romance and pathos.”
Money Heist final season and spin-offs
Money Heist season five is the final outing for the show, but Pina told Oprah magazine that he has ideas for spin-offs.
“We do have many possibilities for some spinoffs, yes, and I think that’s thanks to the strong and powerful identities of the characters.
“We’ve always looked for characters to have a very complex, layered design. So I think almost every character of Money Heist has a duality that we would like to see in a spinoff. We could watch any of them in other contexts.
“I think Arturito could have a black comedy. Berlin’s case for his own show is very clear – he’s a misogynist, a psychopath, egocentric, a narcissist, a delinquent, a rapist… but still there are lots of people who adore him, because he values friendship, loyalty or fraternity.
“From Nairobi to El Profesor… Denver is yet another character with his own charm. I would love to write all of them as spinoffs!”
We like the sound of all of those!
Money Heist cast are posting their goodbyes
With Money Heist season five being the last season the cast have already begun saying goodbye on social media. Pedro Alonso, who plays Berlin, paid tribute to his character on Instagram. A loose translation of his post follows:
“I made the sketch a while before shooting the sequence. I sent it to my co-captain. She replied ‘it’s a bit creepy’ and also ‘but I like animals.’
“It’s funny, then when I shot my shots of the sequence, my little brother told me ‘now yes, now I see that something disturbing in your eyes’.
“It’s funny. For me it was about love. And perhaps also a strange message for a future time, when it will be time to inspect the wound. Almost for the character, but also for the actor. I know it may sound a bit strange.
“Sooner or later that moment comes. It always comes. The one when it’s time to go to the end of what we don’t know. Or we don’t want to know.
“And in my opinion it is not bad. Although it does make an impression. As does true love and life itself. So chilling at times, but certainly so beautiful.
“It has been an extraordinary journey @alvaromorte One of those that really deserve to be kept in a treasure chest after the odyssey.”
Pedro wasn’t the only one saying goodbye, Itziar Ituño also posted on Instagram: “Now yes! GOODBYE, Inspector Raquel Murillo, Lisbon thief!! What a trip!!”
Miguel Herrán also shared on Instagram: “Rio… It has been an incredible journey with you. Today we close a stage together. And I can only tell you two things. THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU!”
Finally, The Professor posted a video saying goodbye too: “Leaving for the last time the set of @lacasadepapel Words are unnecessary.
“Thankful for so much, for everything. To the fans (the first ones, of course), to the entire team of @vancouvermediaproducciones and @netflixes @netflix And to you, my dear Professor. I will miss having such a good time with you. THANK YOU.”
Money Heist seasons one to four are now available on Netflix.