It’s confirmed: Money Heist on Netflix (La Casa de Papel) will be returning for an “extreme and savage” fifth – and final – season.
On Friday, 31st July last year, Netflix confirmed Money Heist would be returning but added: “The heist will come to an end.”
Season four, which aired more than a year ago now, finished on a huge cliff-hanger and proved throughout to be as exhilarating and unpredictable as ever, as The Professor and his group of criminals attempted to empty the Bank of Spain of its gold. It didn’t quite go as planned (was it ever going to?), leaving things nicely hanging for another season of the crew donning the now iconic uniform of red jumpsuits and Salvador Dali masks. When Money Heist does finally return it will be the final season so we expect these plot lines to be tied up.
The show’s creator and executive producer Alex Pina said: “We’ve spent almost a year thinking about how to break up the band. How to put the Professor on the ropes.
“How to get into situations that are irreversible for many characters. The result is the fifth part of La Casa de Papel. The war reaches its most extreme and savage levels, but it is also the most epic and exciting season.”
Netflix has confirmed that Money Heist season five will return in the final quarter of 2021 and will consist of 10 episodes rounding off the whole series. Production began in August 2020 shooting in Spain, Denmark and Portugal.
Here’s everything we know about Money Heist season 5.
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: TBC
Money Heist season five release date: When is it coming to Netflix?
In a letter to shareholders, Netflix confirmed Money Heist season five will be released in the final quarter of 2021. Unfortunately, season five will also be the final season of the Netflix series.
Money Heist season five may have taken its time getting greenlit, 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 does tend to cut series off at the knees leaving fans with unfinished storylines, this time around we get a wrapped up narrative!
THE HEIST COMES TO AN END— Netflix (@netflix) July 31, 2020
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As for when we will get to finally see season five, the wait is a little longer than usual. Fans had to wait nine months between seasons three and four. If season five followed that same timeframe we’d have got Money Heist season five back in 2020. Of course, the world was in disarray from the global pandemic which held things up significantly. On 15th March, 2020 Netflix paused production on its series for two weeks. The cast and crew of Money Heist are back in business now though so we expect to hear about a release date soon.
Small Screen reported that a source told them season five will be released September. We’re expecting an October release potentially, November latest as there’s a pretty packed schedule already for the final two months of the year. When it’s confirmed you’ll be the first to know.
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 here are a few who were still standing at the end of season four. Netflix has revealed who will be returning for season five, but there are a few new faces joining the team too. Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Sense 8) and Patrick Criado have been 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 his to kill off Berlin. Speaking to Hindustan Times he said: “I 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. There were quite a few strands to pick up when the show returns too.
Previously in Money Heist, the gang attacked the Royal Mint of Spain (parts one and two), while parts three and four evolved 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 had a plan. And the series, as fans who have already binge-watched the whole season 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 too. 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, ” the Spaniard 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 season 5 trailer: When can we expect a trailer?
There’s no trailer for Money Heist season five just yet, but we’d expect one once a release date is announced. We’ll keep you updated.
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.
“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.