Season two of “Money Heist” saw Berlin sacrificing himself to save his teammates during their heist in The Royal Mint of Spain. The character got shot several times while Nairobi, Helsinki, and the rest of the gang escaped with the money. Although the character was killed off, Berlin still made appearances via flashbacks in seasons three and four.
According to recent news, the series’ creators were told to write off Berlin’s character because he was a “misogynist, narcissist and a psychopath.”
Even with his questionable character, Berlin was a fan-favorite on the show, so his death shocked viewers.
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The writers, on their part, seem to regret the decision. The script director, Javier Gómez Santander, admitted that if he had known just how successful the show would be, killing off Berlin would have been seriously reconsidered. Keep reading to find out everything he said.
How Berlin Died In The Series
Berlin was the Professor’s elder brother and second in charge of the Royal Mint of Spain heist. He had his flaws, but he was undeniably an essential part of the team. In the second season, he was killed by the police during a heist. The police were after the gang, and Berlin stayed back with Ariadna (Clara Alvarado) and opened fire.
The Professor, his brother, pleaded with him to leave the tunnel because it was about to be blown up, but Berlin refused. Berlin then went in the line of fire of the policemen and was gunned down before the explosion. He sacrificed himself so his crew could have more time to escape through the tunnel.
A flashback revealed that Berlin was terminally ill and had a rare degenerative disease in season four. The flashback showed him and the Professor in Italy and Berlin revealed that he had Helmer’s Myopathy. His life expectancy was around three years, so Berlin probably would have died if he hadn’t sacrificed himself.
The Writers Regret Killing Off Berlin
After Berlin was killed off, Santander confessed that they regretted the move. Despite fans’ hope, Santander revealed that Berlin was truly dead and wasn’t coming back in any seasons in the future.
The writer told El Mundo, “Even characters with such a negative charge like Berlin end up being somewhat redeemed, and people have a brutal affection for them. So we get him back for this season. How were we going to give it up?”
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The writer then disclosed that if they had known how many seasons the show would be from the start, they wouldn’t have killed off Berlin. As it stands, the character experienced too much carnage to be brought back from the dead. He was shot multiple times then blown up with the tunnel.
The Series Creator Was Told To Take Off Berlin
Alex Pina, the series’ creator, revealed that they initially had no intention of killing off the character. In the Netflix documentary, “Money Heist: The Phenomenon,” the creator said he was pressured to remove Berlin because of his fiendish ways.
“I said I had no intention of taking him out of the series. Someone said to me, ‘This character doesn’t fit with the times. You should take him out of the series,'” Pina confessed. He also admitted that although he agreed that Berlin was a misogynist, narcissist, and psychopath in more ways than one, “television is bland it’s boring because less things happen’ without such characters.”
“But we could have a character like that in the series, and the audience could freely decide whose side they’re on, right?” he added. “The audience wants things to happen, and there’s nothing better than a villain who we can empathise with.”
What Fans Should Expect In The Season Finale
The second and final part of season five premieres on December 3, 2021, and fans can hardly wait. The storyline has taken so many unexpected turns that it’s difficult to guess how it might all end.
Some fan theories even speculate that the Professor might die in this season. The finale’s trailer showed that the Professor came out of hiding and turned himself over to the authorities. It’s still uncertain what this might mean for the gang.
While most of the plot is still under wraps, Pina hinted that the last installment would focus on the character’s emotions. Digital Spy also revealed that the creator 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.”