Money Heist Season 5

Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) Season 5 All You Need to Know

Let’s get the most important news out of the way: “Money Heist” season 5 happened. Netflix announced the hit series, also known as La Casa de Papel would be returning to the platform, with the Money Heist season 5 release date, September 3.

Here’s everything that you need to know about what happened and what may or may not be happening in your favourite show.

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.”

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Release Date for First Half of Part 5

  • Hawaii: 9:01 p.m. HST on Thursday, Sept. 2 
  • Alaska: 11:01 p.m. AKDT on Thursday, Sept. 2 
  • West Coast of the US: 12:01 a.m PT
  • Mountain time zone: 1:01 a.m. MT
  • Midwest of the US: 2:01 a.m. C
  • East Coast of the US: 3:01 a.m. ET
  • England: 8:01 am BST
  • France, Germany, and Italy: 9:01 a.m. CEST
  • Spain: 9:01 a.m. CEST
  • Israel: 10:01 a.m. IDT
  • India: 12:30 p.m. IST
  • South Korea and Japan: 4:01 p.m. KST
  • Sydney, Australia: 5:01 p.m. AEST Friday, September 3rd.
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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.

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Money Heist Season 5 Cast 

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Money Heist Season 5 Plot

Please note: SPOILERS AHEAD

According to the Spanish website Marca, viewers can expect at least two more seasons of “Money Heist.” Meanwhile, director 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.

Season 5 of “La Casa de Papel” ties everything together. Just like seasons 1 through 4, season 5 contains death, romance and money, obviously. Writers resolve the Stockholm-Denver-Manila love triangle, so we’ll finally know who is endgame there. The Professor pops the question. Everything wraps up with a nod to those lost throughout the heists and the surviving members of the team get ready to tackle new lives.

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Will There be a Season 6?

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.

Piña and other writers already let on that they were never quite sure how long “La Casa de Papel ” would last. We know that before the show hit it big internationally, “Money Heist” flopped in Spain. So, writers were just excited to have the opportunity to decide where the plot ultimately went. 

There you have it, season 5 will be the final season of “Money Heist.” Some fans hope that this is only the end of new episodes on Netflix, but Piña has confirmed that “La Casa de Papel” is officially done. Although this is sad to hear, writers purposefully ended the storyline where they did. Piña and his team chose to have a say in how the show ended rather than continuing to produce episodes until the show was cancelled. They believed that the character storylines had completed their arcs and it was time to wrap everything up.

While we all process the tragic news that there will not be any more heists in our future, fans get to see all storylines come to a close and the final season went out with a bang or more specifically, a celebration, a tribute, and “a message of hope to the world.”

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General FAQ

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.

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