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Money Heist Season 5 Volume 2 is releasing on Netflix this week. The first volume was released back in September and Season 5 Volume 2 will be the final episodes of the Spanish heist crime drama television series. Money Heist — known in Spanish as La casa de papel, translated as The House of Paper — has received several awards including the International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series three years ago. The heist series has also received critical acclaim for its plot, interpersonal dramas, and direction.
In October, Netflix revealed that La Casa de Papel Part 5 was watched by 69 million Netflix households in the first four weeks after the season's release in September. That puts it over Money Heist season 4, which was viewed by over 65 million Netflix households in the same time period after premiere.
The series director Jesús Colmenar mentioned that the volume 2 of the season finale will be more emotional. “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.
Money Heist season 5 was filmed in Madrid, Spain. Significant portions of the series were also filmed in Panama, Thailand, Italy (Florence), Denmark, and Portugal.
The final batch of the Money Heist season 5 episodes will drop on Netflix on Friday, December 3. Volume 1 of Money Heist season 5 premiered on Netflix on September 3 worldwide. Similar to all the four previous seasons of the series, Money Heist season 5 Volume 2 will also be available in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu in India.
Almost all of the Netflix originals premiere on Netflix at midnight Pacific Time with respect to Netflix HQ.
From mid-March through early November, midnight PT is 12:30pm IST. For the rest of the year, it's 1:30pm IST.
Going by that logic, Money Heist season 5 Volume 2 will release at 1:30pm IST on Friday, December 3, though this has not been officially stated.
There are a total of 10 episodes in Money Heist season 5. The first five episodes of Volume 1 of Money Heist Season 5 dropped in September and are currently streaming on Netflix. The final five episodes will drop together on Netflix on December 3.
The main cast members on Money Heist who returned for season 5 included Úrsula Corberó as Tokyo/ Silene Oliveira, a runaway turned robber who is scouted by the Professor, Álvaro Morte as The Professor/ Sergio Marquina, the mastermind of the heist who assembled the group, and Itziar Ituño as Lisbon/ Raquel Murillo, an inspector of the National Police Corps who is put in charge of the case until she joins the group. Pedro Alonso returns to play Berlin, a terminally ill jewel thief, who is the Professor's second-in-command and brother, and Fernando Cayo as Coronel Tamayo, who works to stop the robbery of the Bank of Spain.
Miguel Herrán returns to play Rio/ Aníbal Cortés, a young hacker who later becomes Tokyo's boyfriend, Jaime Lorente plays Ricardo/ Denver, Moscow's son who joins him in the heist, and Esther Acebo plays Stockholm/ Mónica Gaztambide, who is one of the hostages and is Arturo Román's secretary and mistress.
Hovik Keuchkerian essays the role of Bogota, a metallurgy expert who joins the robbery of the Bank of Spain, Rodrigo de la Serna appears as Palermo who is an old Argentine friend of Berlin who planned the robbery of the Bank of Spain with him.
Najwa Nimri plays Alicia Sierra, a pregnant inspector of the National Police Corps, Belén Cuesta essays the role of Manila who helps the Professor in his plan, and Enrique Arce appears as Arturo Román, a hostage and the former Director of the Royal Mint of Spain.
Darko Peric plays the role of Helsinki who is a veteran Serbian soldier, Luka Peros plays Marseille, a gang member who joins the robbery of the Bank of Spain, and José Manuel Poga plays Gandía, chief of security for the Bank of Spain who escapes from hostage and causes havoc for the whole group.
New cast members of season 5 are Patrick Criado as Berlin's son Rafael, Miguel Ángel Silvestre as Tokyo's ex-boyfriend René, José Manuel Seda as army chief Sagasta.
Money Heist's director Colmenar conceptualised the series along with show creator Álex Pina around 2008. The long-term collaborators set up their own production company, Vancouver Media, and Money Heist became their first joint project under the banner.
Pina and Colmenar also serve as the executive producers of the series along with Sonia Martínez, Esther Martínez Lobato, and Nacho Manubens. The series is produced by Atresmedia and Vancouver Media and is distributed by Netflix.
Pina is the creator and showrunner on Money Heist season 5. Javier Gómez Santander is the head writer on Money Heist season 5. Spanish music composer Manel Santisteban scored the theme music for the series.
During the Netflix TUDUM event in late September, Morte gave the audience a first look at the final five episodes of Money Heist Season 5.
Then in mid-October, Netflix unveiled a 25-second teaser trailer for the final five episodes of the crime drama series. “In the last few hours, I've lost people very dear to me. And I won't let anyone else fall because of this heist,” we hear The Professor say at the start of the series' season 5 Volume 2 teaser trailer.
In early November, Netflix released the full-length official trailer for Money Heist Season 5 Volume 2. The audience see The Professor who is haunted by his actions and their fallout, while his heist team and the special forces prepare for all-out war inside the Royal Mint of Spain.
Here's the official synopsis for Money Heist season 5 from Netflix:
The gang has been shut in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours. They have managed to rescue Lisbon, but 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.
There's no word on early access for critics regarding Money Heist season 5 Volume 2. Hence, reviews will only be available after Volume 2 premieres Friday, December 3 at 1:30pm IST.
For what it's worth, Money Heist season 5 Volume 1 gathered a 83 percent score on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on six critics ratings.
During a fan event hosted by Netflix on Tuesday in Madrid, Pedro Alonso (Berlin) announced that the universe created by showrunner Pina will be back, with the plot revolving around the story of Berlin's origin. The Berlin spin-off is scheduled to arrive on Netflix in 2023.
“It is a memorable moment because it is the end of one cycle and the beginning of another,” Alonso said at the fan event. “Today I was talking to Jesús Colmenar and we were saying that now we walk into the unknown, open to whatever happens and without expectations.”
Here is the official poster of Money Heist season 5 Volume 2 from Netflix: