'Next' Episode 5: Nacio Flores' dangerous past is a major revelation, fans say 'didn't see that coming'
Even fans who did see it coming were gripped by the show's events as one wrote, 'Figured either father or uncle, but even with the revelation, I’m still on the edge of my seat. This show is amazing!'
Spoilers for 'Next' Season 1 Episode 5
Be wary of crossing paths with a malevolent artificial intelligence, especially when you have a dangerous past. Right from the start, NEXT has targeted the Salazar family — first their son Ethan (Evan Whitten), then an Amber Alert on Ty (Gerardo Celasco), and, of course, Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) herself. NEXT continues to attack Shea's family, this time by dredging up someone Shea would have preferred to have left behind.
When Shea visits her family at their tech-free safehouse, she's more than a little surprised to find her convicted father sharing a meal with them. This confrontation has been building up for a while, as two episodes ago we saw NEXT release a convict from a high-security prison with a tattoo on his neck. We next see that tattoo on Nacio Flores (David Zayas), a man claiming to be the safehouse's caretaker.
It is Shea who reveals that the man is, in fact, her father, someone she helped put away, and he's here for revenge.
The audience's minds were blown by this revelation, having been primed for it over several episodes. Right from the start, many knew that there was something off about him. "What was that tattoo???" noted one eagle-eyed fan. "This Nacio character is kind of super creepy!" wrote another.
"I had a bad feeling about him before this episode, but now he's waaay more shifty," wrote a fan, as the episode ramped up to its revelation. "Stop giving this man all y'all personal information," warned a viewer, as Nacio joins the family for dinner.
What was that tattoo??? 👀 #NEXTonFOX— Kimsterical on the prairie 😂 (@kimster_giggles) November 25, 2020
This Nacio character is kind of super creepy! #NEXTonFOX— President-Elect Sol L #StopTheSteal (@szlava97) November 25, 2020
No. I had a bad feeling about him before this episode, but now he's waaay more shifty #NEXTonFOX— Vela 🐓🦃🍁 (@Chavela1006) November 25, 2020
Stop giving this man all y'all personal information#NextonFox— Lloydette Toussaint (@Blkbeetle) November 25, 2020
The actual revelation had fans right on the edge of their seats. "Holy sh*t! That is her papa? Wow! He seems nice yea?" wrote one fan. "Nacio is Shea’s father...I didn’t see that coming," said one, but even fans who did see it coming were gripped by the show's events, like this one, who wrote, "Figured either father or uncle, but even with the revelation I’m still on the edge of my seat. This show is amazing!"
Nacio is Shea’s father...— Kendall (@kendallwhite05) November 25, 2020
I didn’t see that coming. 😵 #NEXTonFOX
Figured either father or uncle, but even with the revelation I’m still on the edge of my seat. This show is amazing! #NEXTonFOX— Cassie (@cassiemarsh26) November 25, 2020
Now that he's revealed himself, things have taken a turn for the worse, and Shea is going to have to work harder than ever just to keep her son safe. Ty and Ethan may have found a way to hide from technology — but you can't hide from family. Not for long.
The next episode of 'Next' airs on December 1 at 9 pm ET on FOX.