This review may contain spoilers from previous seasons of Money Heist.
After nearly a year of waiting after the finale of season four of Money Heist, we finally get part one of two, for the ending of the best Spanish show Netflix has made. The writers left us in the last season on a massive cliffhanger, with our protagonist, the Professor (Álvaro Morte) in direct danger. Passionate watchers know that the writers of this show love to leave the viewer hanging in suspense, and this season is no exception.
All of our favorite characters have rejoined the cast. The writers can’t seem to say goodbye to Berlin (Pedro Alonso) even though he died all the way back in season two. Berlin returns in a series of flashbacks where he reunites with his estranged son, Rafael (Patrick Criado), a new character in this latest season.
The Berlin flashbacks seem to be artificially jammed into the season with no real direction. It is almost as if the writers didn’t want to get rid of the audience's favorite character just yet, and so they found a way to keep him alive even in death. That being said, it is still possible for these flashbacks to connect themselves back into the present events as we still have one last installment in the series, due to come out Dec. 3.
When we’re not revisiting our favorite character, Berlin, we’re back in the bank of Spain with our team of robbers. They continue to melt the gold reserves from the vault in the National Bank of Spain, as the police prepare a full on military assault to bring the heist to a swift end. The continuous action keeps the viewer glued to the screen. One worry is that the action would just be a repeat of what we’ve previously seen on the show, however new scenarios are created, keeping the action interesting.
The action is only one aspect of season five that remained interesting to viewers. The writers and actors alike did a fantastic job developing the respective characters. One of the lead protagonists of the show, Tokyo, once again has a major role in the new season. As has been the case in previous seasons, Tokyo is our slightly unreliable and semi-omnipotent narrator. The writers have done a magnificent job creating Tokyo’s character arc through the entirety of the show. In season 5, they continue that trend as they dive deeper into the backstory of Tokyo and how she got to where she is today.
This season of the show should leave viewers with a very positive feeling for the final season of the show. When season 4 wrapped up, there was some uncertainty with where the writers would go with the story and if they would be able to live up to the expectations that they had set. Upon viewing season 5, it is clear that the writers have not lost their touch at all, and they are still making their mark.
If you haven’t already seen seasons one through four of Money Heist, you definitely need to so that you can then watch season five. Until season six, Bella Ciao.
The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.