Let’s get the most important news out of the way: “Money Heist” season 5 is definitely happening. Netflix has announced the hit series, also known as La Casa de Papel will be returning to the platform, with the Money Heist season 5 release date confirmed for September 3. But that’s not all, the fifth and final season will be split into two parts. Here’s everything we know so far on the Money Heist cast, plot and Season 5 so far.
When is the Money Heist Season 5 Release Date?
As announced, the Money Heist season 5 release date is September 3. In a new trailer unveiled on May 25, Netflix revealed the new release date, along with the announcement that the final season would be split into two sections. According to the streaming platform, the September 3 release date relates to the first part of Money Heist season 5, with the second instalment to arrive on December 3.
“When we began to write Part 5 in the midst of the pandemic, we felt that we had to change what was expected from the ten-episode season and used every tool we could to create the sensation of a season finale or series finale in the first volume itself,” Money Heist creator Álex Pina said. “We decided to work in an extremely aggressive genre, putting The Gang on the ropes. In volume 2, we focus more on the emotional situation of the characters. It is a journey across their sentimental map that connects us directly to their departure.”
The announcement somewhat confirms previous reports in Spanish site Marca that suggested both a Money Heist season 5 and season 6 will be going ahead. In the meantime, you can catch up on the first four parts of “Money Heist” or stream the behind-the-scenes documentary, “Money Heist: The Phenomenon.” If you’ve had your fill for the time being, maybe check out the first season of “The Bodyguard” before the second one arrives. We’ll let you and your Netflix browsing skills take it from here.
What is Money Heist About?
Without giving too much away, “Money Heist” (aka “La Casa de Papel” in Spanish) centres on a group of skilled thieves. Operating at the behest of a criminal mastermind named The Professor, the group enacts a robbery of truly epic proportions in parts 1 and 2. When things don’t go exactly as planned, it leads to all sorts of chaos.
We’re trying to refrain from spoilers in this section, so all we can say about parts 3 and 4 is that they take place years later and bring plenty more robbery, violence, and betrayal. Vital backstories are explored while the police close in on their most wanted targets. “Money Heist” season 4 culminates with a showdown between two important characters on opposite sides of the law.
According to the official Netflix synopsis for Season 5, the gang has been shut in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours. While they have managed to rescue Lisbon, their darkest moment is upon them after losing one of their own. “The Professor has been captured by Sierra and, for the first time, doesn’t have an escape plan. Just when it seems like nothing else could go wrong, an enemy comes on the scene that is much more powerful than any they’ve faced: the army. The end of the greatest heist in history is approaching, and what began as a robbery will turn into a war.”
When “La Casa de Papel” first debuted on the Spanish channel Antena 3, it was a modest ratings hit. However, viewership began to slip as the story progressed. Behind the scenes, creatives wondered if the waning interest was due to commercial breaks or the week-long wait between episodes. To put it another way, the narrative flow was being inhibited by the constraints and demands of prime-time network TV.
Enter streaming giant Netflix, which started airing episodes in Spain soon after season 1 concluded. A few months later, it acquired global streaming rights and then re-cut the series into 50-minute episodes, renaming it from “La Casa de Papel” to “Money Heist” in the process. Despite a lack of proper marketing, the show became a smash hit. By early 2018, it was the most-watched non-English language series on Netflix.
“Money Heist” was originally envisioned as a two-part series with potential for a follow-up. Netflix actualised that potential by way of a much bigger budget, leading to seasons (or parts) 3 and 4. Both seasons pulled in seriously massive viewership numbers and “Money Heist” is now the most in-demand show on the planet, according to some sources.
Money Heist Season 5 Cast & Plot
Please note: SPOILERS AHEAD
According to the Spanish website Marca, viewers can expect at least two more seasons of “Money Heist.” Meanwhile, direct Jesús Colmenar has confirmed that “Money Heist” season 5 is a sure thing. Given the show’s indisputable popularity, we’re going to assume that at least two more seasons are in the works.
It’s impossible to discuss “Money Heist” season 5 without delving into spoiler territory, so consider yourself warned. To date, we’ve been witness to separate but equally epic heists. By the end of the second heist, Nairobi is dead, Raquel (aka Lisbon) has rejoined the gang, and National Police Corps officer Alicia Sierra has tracked down the Professor.
So where do we go from here? As of this article, your guesses are basically as good as ours. That is to say, the show’s creatives are keeping any plot details tightly under wraps and for obvious reasons. Naturally, certain dangling threads will be resolved but what else can viewers expect?
In a recent interview with Oprah Magazine, series creator and showrunner Alex Piña made some candid remarks about the show’s future. He suggested that “Money Heist” season 5 would wrap up all the loose ends and function as a send-off of sorts, rather than bring in a new heist. He also discussed the possibility of spinoffs for virtually every character.
Whether or not Piña is teasing possibilities as opposed to confirming them remains to be seen. For starters, his comments don’t exactly gel with the notion that there are at least two more seasons in the works. Plus, millions of viewers are presumably expecting another heist along with occasional flashbacks.
Some savvy fans have also pointed to an easter egg during the “Money Heist” season 4 end credits sequence, during which Najwa Nimri (who plays Alicia Sierra) sings ‘Bella Ciao.’ This Italian anti-fascist song is performed multiple times throughout the series and exclusively by those who support the cause. Viewers now suspect that Sierra will join the Professor and his team in “Money Heist” season 5.
Suffice it to say, the details of “Money Heist” season 5 are purely speculative at this point. But let’s be honest: the less we know, the better.
Is La Casa de Papel a real story?
La Casa de Papel aka Money Heist is not directly based on a true story, though it does often make reference to real-life figures and events.
Is Money Heist all in Spanish?
Money Heist is filmed in Spanish and that's the most authentic way to view it. However, it has been dubbed over in multiple languages.
When will Money Heist be released on Netflix?
The first four parts of Money Heist are currently available on Netflix. A fifth season has been confirmed, but the release date is unknown.