Netflix’s ‘Muted’ follows the convoluted story of a psychiatrist obsessed with an ex-convict, trying to solve the mystery behind why he killed his parents. Over six episodes, we follow a cat-and-mouse chase. Psychiatrist Ana spends her days spying on Sergio, hoping to get an insight into his fractured psyche.
She ends up uncovering some dark secrets about his family, and her own secrets are revealed in the process. The story takes such a tragic turn by the end that it becomes difficult to find a difference between the hunter and the hunted. The last scene brings the account to a shocking lot. Here’s what it means.
1. Did Sergio Kill His Parents?
In the beginning, there is no doubt that Sergio killed his parents. He was known to have been a disruptive child with a bad temper, and the brutality of the murder paints a terrible picture, which he doesn’t argue against.
The cops recreate the scene based on the evidence in front of Sergio, and on getting no response from him, they believe it to be the correct version of how the events transpired that night. However, Ana Dussuel is more interested in why the murders happened. Why did Sergio turn so violent towards his parents? Slowly, she starts to believe that he might not have murdered them at all.
Gradually, as the plot progresses, the real reason behind Sergio’s silence about the murders he committed is revealed. After Marta successfully gets close to him, he shows her videos that young Noa always took on her phone.
Investigating these videos, Ana learns that Sergio was given ampules of drugs by his mother, Blanca. As Ana knew very well, Blanca Ciscar was a renowned psychiatrist with much experience in the field. Blanca had been very supportive of Ana during her academic and professional days. The two almost had a mother-daughter relationship between them.
Later on, when Sergio gets a chance to talk about this, the young man says that his mother was giving him experimental drugs as a cruel experiment. Sergio was negatively affected by these drugs, and although he wanted the experimentation to stop, Blanca would always get him to take the medicines.
After suffering through these extremely tortuous tests that Blanca conducted, Sergio learned that his mother was targeting his younger sister Noa next. Despite Noa being an adopted child, she was always very close with Sergio, and the brother was always extremely protective of her.
Sergio states that on the night of the murder, Blanca was determined to try her medicine on Noa while the boy tried his best to stop her. He then involved his father, Javier, who disapproved of Blanca’s plan, resulting in a central argument between the couple.
The argument soon turned into a violent fight, and Javier pushed Blanca from their balcony in the heat of the moment. Shaken by what he had just done and still very loving of his wife, the man jumped from the balcony and killed himself.
Thus, Sergio confessed that his father killed his mother and then committed suicide. The protagonist says he did not reveal any of this earlier because he wanted to protect Noa from seeing her parents like that, so he kept her company.
This validates Ana’s theory that Sergio is not a psychopath and a killer. But then, Noa shows up and reveals that Sergio has been lying. Blanca hadn’t been torturing Sergio. She was trying to help him. Sergio had a brilliant mind, but he also had self-control issues.
He would fly into a rage and threaten those around him. Being a psychiatrist, Blanca took it upon herself to treat her son. She started to see some differences, but one day, Sergio didn’t take his meds and lost his temper.
Sergio accused his mother of medicating Noa. It wasn’t true at all. Blanca loved Noa, and she did not need to medicate her daughter. However, being monitored all the time in his own home and his already deteriorating mental health convinced Sergio that his mother was a villain and would hurt his sister just like she was hurting him.
Because he hadn’t taken his meds, his rage flew out of control, and things unfolded just as the cops had predicted. Sergio attacked his mother until she fell out of the balcony. When his father confronted him, Sergio threw him off the patio too.
And Noa witnessed all of this.
2. What Happened to Noa after her parent’s death?
It is further revealed that after the horrific incident, which killed her parents and imprisoned her elder brother, Noa was adopted by Ana and her husband. Noa is a teenage girl living at Ana’s house as her daughter.
Noa vividly remembers everything that happened at her earlier family house, but she seemingly does not say much about it to anyone. The girl is affected after seeing the news of her brother’s release from prison, but she cannot do much about it.
Finally, when the chance comes for Noa to go and meet Sergio, she is adamant about doing so, even against her father’s will. The final confrontation occurs at Sergio’s house, where Ana is already present, and Noa arrives.
3. Who Fell From the Balcony?
In the end, when Noa tells the truth about Sergio, she hopes that Ana will let go of her obsession and come back home. However, Ana chooses to stay with Sergio because, by now, she has gone too deep. She has tethered herself to Sergio so tightly that she has lost everything.
Her marriage is over, her daughter doesn’t love her, and Ana isn’t sure if she loves her daughter as much as she’d imagined. Her colleagues scorn her, leaving no one who truly understands her except Sergio.
In the final scene, we see her and Sergio walking over to the balcony. Later, a grainy image shows one person falling from the balcony while the other looks on. It needs to be made clear who pushed whom. Did Ana move Sergio, or did he make her off the balcony? Who died, and who survived?
Because Sergio intimated moving to the balcony, there is a chance he is the one who pushed Ana. All he wanted was to be with his sister, Noa, but she was deliberately kept away from him. When Noa rejects him, he feels that nothing else is left in his life, and it’s all because of Ana.
Recreating his previous crime, Sergio takes Ana to the balcony and pushes her off it. He knows that this will land him back in jail, and this time, he might not be able to come out at all. However, he seems to have accepted his fate because there is nothing for him outside the prison now.
His parents are gone, his sister sees him as a murderer, and even Marta doesn’t want to be with him anymore. He hates Ana for spying on him all this time, just like his mother did. So, he kills her, just like he killed his mother.
Another possibility is that Ana pushes Sergio off the balcony. Sergio went to the balcony first and invited Ana to join him. As stated, he had nothing left in his life.
Whatever delusion he had about his mother endangering his sister is broken, and Sergio realizes he is a monster. He doesn’t want to live anymore, so he jumps off the cliff. Perhaps, he sees a kindred spirit in Ana and wants her to join him because he doesn’t want to die alone.
Or maybe, he wants her to push him because he can’t make the jump himself.
It isn’t easy to pinpoint which of these possibilities holds more weight. No matter how much we squint at the screen, we cannot know who fell from the balcony. And that is a deliberate move. At the story’s beginning, Ana and Sergio were two different people.
They were practically each other’s enemies on different sides of the law. However, through the episodes, Ana’s obsession comes to light, and by the final episode, we discover how similar she feels to him.
4. About Muted
Muted is a Spanish psychological thriller television series created by Aitor Gabilondo and starring Aron Piper, Almudena Armor, Manu Rios, and Aitor Luna.
Set in Bilbao, the show revolves around Sergio Ciscar, who has recently been released from prison. He has spent six years in prison for parricide and is now under the secret watch of a young psychiatrist, Ana Dussuel, and her team.
Netflix released the series on May 19, 2023.