Money Heist: The Professor star went through ‘big mourning’ over series ending

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Spanish stars Álvaro Morte and Pedro Alonso have opened up about reprising their roles as The Professor and Berlin for one last time in the upcoming fifth season of Money Heist. Now the final episodes have officially wrapped and are about to air on Netflix, the cast have revealed how it feels to say goodbye to the show that has been their home for the last five years.

Álvaro Morte admitted he already went through a mourning period after Money Heist seemingly came to an end after its first two seasons.

Part One and Part Two were originally broadcast as a limited series on Spanish network Antenna 3 in 2017.

After acquiring international streaming rights, Netflix commissioned two new instalments with a considerably higher budget back in 2018.

In a recent behind the scenes video, Morte told co-star Pedro Alonso he had already mourned the loss of the series when it first concluded over three years ago.

He explained: “Well, I… for me it’s like a half process, because when we finished the second series, where things were supposed to end, that’s where I went through a big mourning.

“Because in theory that wasn’t going to have any kind of continuity. It was ending there.”

The wildly popular Spanish drama follows criminal mastermind The Professor as he employs a group of professional criminals to enact a heist within the Royal Mint of Spain.

After the first job’s success, aside from a few pitfalls along the way, the crew regrouped for another impossible robbery, this time taking on the Bank of Spain.

Although the action-packed drama received considerable acclaim, Spanish audiences were expecting the series to end after just 15 episodes.

Morte continued: “And also, you know, they were two very well-closed series, very well rounded, and it definitely looked like it was going to die. To end.”

Thankfully, Netflix saw how popular the series was getting in other territories, and swiftly announced the series would continue under their Original banner.

“And then when they told all of us that were were coming back,” the star recalled, “well of course, it was like getting back a loved one you had once lost.”

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Morte then asked his co-star “And that was wonderful, wasn’t it?

The streaming service reworked the series to fit their own model, including editing the 15-episode season into 22 shorter chapters.

Money Heist was also given a huge boost in budget for its last three seasons, and is consistently one of the best looking series in Netflix’s repertoire.

Even so, Álvaro Morte still feels he already said goodbye to the series, and has come to terms with the show concluding in December.

He continued: “And that’s why my attitude during these three series, three, four and five, that we’re making…

“It was more from the perspective to enjoy having a second chance with this character.”

The Professor has certainly become one of the most popular television characters of recent years, and fans were thrilled to see him return for one more heist.

Recent trailers have hinted towards a bloody end for Morte’s character, so viewers are keeping their fingers crossed the criminal genius can get away scot-free.

Money Heist Part 5: Volume 1 will be released on Friday, September 3 on Netflix. Volume 2 is coming Friday, December 3.


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