The first season of ‘La Casa de Papel’ was shown on the Spanish TV channel Antena 3, in 2017, then moved to Netflix where it was consolidated for several years as the most watched non-English series on the platform, until it was debunked by the ‘Sixth Round’ This year. The fact is that the series has become a global phenomenon, inspiring Halloween costumes and a reference in many countries. This Friday, December 3, the second part of the fifth season of the series, wraps up its 4-year cycle of work.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, series creator Alex Pena said explaining why the series was so successful is complicated, but he listed some important arguments: “It’s so complicated because you never know what’s going to happen, just look at ‘Round 6′. But I think there are a few things that explain this: You get pure entertainment with characters whose personal and emotional relationships are almost as important as the theft itself. Theft works like a football match because two teams play and one must win and one must lose. Do you really want to know how this will end: will they take the Bank of Spain gold or not? “
For the creator, the presence of downtrodden heroes is also a factor that causes identification with the audience, especially among Spanish viewers after the depression, anger and austerity that followed the 2008 financial crisis.
For him, La Casa de Papel rose to the world stage at a time when viewers wanted something different from Hollywood. “It has been great for Spain, we are seeing a threefold increase in what has been done before and we are approaching the UK with excellent production levels. This was out of the question before, as was the idea of bringing Netflix a production hub to Spain.”
“The fantasy world is kind of a bubble, but there was a feeling last year or the year before that everything was a bit the same. If you could do something different, people would be very grateful,” concluded Alex Pena.
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