Warning: spoilers ahead for Money Heist up to and including season 5 part 1.
In a very short amount of time, La Casa De Papel, otherwise known as Money Heist, is set to launch its final episodes on Netflix, with the release date for season 5 part 2 drawing near.
Fan-favourite members of the cast will return for one more outing, including Álvaro Morte as the Professor, Úrsula Corberó as Tokyo, Pedro Alonso as Berlin and Jaime Lorente as Denver, alongside the rest of the gang and their adversaries.
Ahead of the release of the final five episodes of the Spanish heist drama, Metro.co.uk attended a press conference where the stars and creators of the series opened up about what fans can expect for the highly-anticipated conclusion, having premiered four years ago.
From Tokyo’s lasting impact to the heart-wrenching final scenes the actors filmed, this is what we learnt.
Get ready for an emotional ride
You should have been expecting this already, but prepare to cry. A lot.
The final moments of season five part one featured one of the most emotional scenes in the entire drama, as Tokyo sacrificed herself by strapping grenades to her body inside the Bank of Spain after being shot multiple times in her arms and legs.
Director and executive producer Jesús Colmenar explained that part one was ‘pure adrenaline’, making it a ‘brutal experience’ for both the cast and crew.
Part two, on the other hand, is more ‘emotional’, although it is still ‘full of adrenaline with unexpected twists and turns’.
‘I think it has a different pace, it’s not such a warlike confrontation, but it’s a series that is always in crescendo until the end, until the last episode, and I will say it’s a very special one and different to what we’ve done until now,’ he said.
With executive producers Esther Martínez Lobato and Álex Pina also in attendance at the conference (the latter of whom is the creator of the show), they emphasised that while the first volume of season five was an ‘action epic’, the second part is an ‘emotional epic’.
Tokyo may be gone, but her legacy lives on
As the narrator of the show, fans couldn’t believe it when it was confirmed that Tokyo had been killed.
However, the trailer for season five part two confirmed that she is still part of the series beyond the grave through flashbacks and possibly still as a narrator.
What’s more, her death will inevitably have a significant impact on how the rest of the show pans out.
‘The fifth season volume one and two have this watershed moment, which is the death of Tokyo,’ the creators said.
‘It’s a ticking bomb really that changes the show radically and it does veer towards the end.’
They outlined how the final episodes will ‘pay homage’ to all of the characters, and provide them with room to ‘show a bit of their heart and their soul’.
The final scenes filmed were tear-jerking
While Berlin may have died far back in the show, he has continued to be a pivotal part of the plot, enlightening viewers of the history of other characters, including his brother Professor and Palermo (Rodrigo de la Serna).
Considering he hasn’t shared scenes with many of the other gang members in the present day for a while, Berlin actor Pedro explained that it was strange to film his final scene on his own.
‘I shot [my final scene] by myself after five years. I went on set and none of my colleagues were there. I think this was a little bit disturbing, cause somehow I have had this parallel show since my character died,’ he said.
The Professor star Álvaro described his last shooting day as ‘beautiful’, for a very special reason.
‘In this type of shooting, there are different teams, camera people and so on and the day I finished, I actually finished with the same team that was shooting with me the very first day, so it was beautiful,’ he recalled.
‘I wasn’t by myself, and it was very emotional. I was bawling.’
The Wheel of Time actor explained that as the series was initially supposed to only consist of two parts, he ‘had already bid farewell’ to his character before it was acquired by Netflix and came back for more episodes.
‘With this second life, the second chance, I’ve experienced it all with a lot of calm, I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve really believed it was a second chance to be part of this family,’ he said.
‘I’ve enjoyed that tremendously and I’ve enjoyed this marvelous cast I’ve been working with.’
Helsinki’s injury remains a grave situation
Many fans are undoubtedly wondering how the lovable Helsinki (Darko Perić) is doing after his leg was crushed in part one.
Darko revealed that the character is still in a tight spot, recollecting the fun memories he had on set with Palermo actor Rodrigo, amid the deep, heartfelt connection between their characters.
‘My character this season, I was quite static, I was lying down, injured and poor Rodrigo was running all over the place,’ he said.
The actor joked that he had to ask Rodrigo to stop running around for a while as he lay on the ground.
So will Helsinki be able to recuperate from his serious injuries? We really hope so.
Money Heist ended at the right time
As much as we wish Money Heist could go on forever, sometimes it’s best to know when to leave on a high.
That’s exactly what the show has done, with Álvaro agreeing that the time is right to finish while it is at a peak.
‘The show is coming to an end when it had to come to an end,’ he said.
‘It’s the perfect time. We cannot squeeze the characters anymore, we’ve taken the best from them and I think it’s a really smart decision to stop here.’
The actor expressed his belief that concluding the show now is a ‘way of giving fans what they truly deserve’.
‘We could have squeezed it a bit more but we would have been running the risk of everything coming to shambles. So leaving at the peak is a present we give to our fans,’ he said.
We might not be ready to say goodbye… but we also can’t wait to see how this epic tale will unfold.
Money Heist season 5 part 2 premieres on Friday December 3 on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.