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'Money Heist' Season 5: Fans say Nairobi’s cruel death ended show for them after Netflix announces final part

The announcement of the fifth part being the final one seemed to reopen the fresh wounds of Nairobi’s death that had only just begun to heal
Alba Flores (Netflix)
Alba Flores (Netflix)

On Friday, July 21, Netflix announced that 'La casa de Papel' or 'Money Heist', the globally-popular Spanish crime drama, is coming to an end. On its official Twitter and Instagram accounts, Netflix shared a photo of one of the show’s iconic Salvador Dali masks -- cracked, soiled, and lying on dirt -- and wrote, “Part 5: The heist comes to an end.”

While several of the show’s many, many fans seemed devastated at the idea of this ride coming to an end, many still seemed to not forgive the show for what it did to Nairobi.

One fan, echoing the sentiments of hundreds and thousands of others on social media, wrote “I’ll never forgive you for killing Nairobi.”

Nairobi or Ágata Jiménez, played by Alba Flores, was an expert in counterfeiting and forgery. She was in charge of printing money at the Royal Mint, and then oversaw the melting of gold in the Bank of Spain in season 3 and season 4. She was level-headed, well-liked, focussed and in her own words, “la puta ama” (the f***ing boss).

Alba Flores in 'Money Heist'. (Netflix)

It is no secret that fans of the show rooted for Nairobi's success. As much as any character, at least. They were happy about Nairobi wanting to have another kid and The Professor (Alvaro Morte) agreeing to be a sperm donor for her once the heist was over. But Nairobi’s fate had something else in store altogether: A cruel and ugly death.

In season 4 of the series, she was captured by the Bank of Spain's chief of security, Gandía (José Manuel Poga), who stuffed her head through a hole in a toilet door and kept her trapped there. Gandía shot her in the hand to make the other gang members back off. He used her as a human shield, and just when it seemed like Nairobi was about to get away, he shot her in the head.

Fans were enraged with Nairobi's death. More so, because she had already nearly lost her life in Part 3 when she was shot in the chest by the police after they lured her out of the Bank of Spain with an opportunity to see her son. The announcement of the fifth part being the final one seemed to reopen the fresh wounds of Nairobi’s death that had only just begun to heal. “This show ended when Nairobi died,” wrote a fan. Another said, “Since it's ending I just wanna say they did my king and queen Berlin and Nairobi so dirty I'll never forget.”

“I will never get over the death of this incredible woman, Nairobi! Even today when I watch ‘Money Heist’ and see the scene, it is heartbreaking!” wrote a fan on Twitter. Another said, “I honestly don't know how I'll continue watching now that she's gone.”

While Netflix hasn’t announced when the final season will air, the production for the 10-episode season 5 of ‘Money Heist’ will reportedly begin production on Monday, August 3, in Denmark. Production will also take place in Spain and Portugal. 

Alex Pina, the showrunner, said of the final season: “We have spent almost a year thinking about how to destroy the band. How to put The Professor on the ropes. How to get into situations that are irreversible for many characters. The result is the fifth season of 'La Casa de Papel'. The war reaches its most extreme and savage levels, but it is also the most epic and exciting season.”

'Money Heist' stars Alvaro Morte, Ursula Corbero, Jamie Lorente, Miguel Herrán, Darko Peric, Itziar Ituno, Paco Tous, Esther Acebo, Itziar Ituño, Enrique Arce, Kiti Mánver, Juan Fernández, and Mario de la Rosa. Season 5 is all set to see a few new faces as well, including Miguel Ángel Silvestre of ‘Sense8’ and ‘Narcos’ fame, and Patrick Criado of ‘Vivir sin permiso’ fame. What their roles are in the final season, however, is yet to be revealed.

The first four seasons of 'La casa de Papel' or 'Money Heist' are available for viewing on Netflix.