Money Heist is not just any show, it is the mother of adrenaline-pumping — nail-biting action dramas that Netflix has ever produced! Perhaps one of the most anticipated shows of the year, and trust me when I say this, the last season or part 4 was totally worth it.
It was pure magic. The complex relationships between all the characters and the sheer dance they do with the immaculate storytelling is quite impressive.
Talking about complex, part 4’s final episode and its utterly sophisticated yet Professor-worthy “Plan Paris” left all us with some questions. Well, worry not in this article I will explain the Plan Paris in detail.
1. Quick Answer
Plan Paris is an escape plan devised by the Professor in the advent that one of the team members is captured during the heist of the Royal Bank of Spain.
This involved Lisbon [who got captured] delaying her trail by a day at the Supreme court. At the same time, the Professor arranged another team to help her make her getaway.
Subsequently, another illusion was created to get her back into the Royal Bank of Spain and re-join the team.
Let’s talk about the plan in detail then!
2. What is Plan Paris?
We start the last episode with the Professor trying to help Lisbon escape from police custody. For this, he explains how it is now time to initiate operation “Paris” — named after the city of love.
The plan involves a very sensible and truthful approach. Lisbon’s convoy will be guarded by 26 officers distributed within 7 vehicles, 3 behind and 3 in front, in the center will be the van she is in.
The most vulnerable point to attack the convoy is in the basement where only the van enters due to the massive crowd of journalists at the main entrance.
This is the only place where the van is without an escort and has 7 guards. The Professor instructs another team of miners and construction workers to take over the adjacent Chinese restaurant and dig deep below it to the parking garage.
Initial Stage – The Setup
On the first day of the trial, Lisbon’s job is to give the judges all the details of the exact plan.
She tells them everything — they are melting the gold in the bank of Spain. What machinery they used, how they are entering the vault chamber full of water after the alarm was triggered, and are successfully still melting the gold underwater.
She gives them so many details that they are quite fatigued and ask for an adjournment. The next day is when the plan “Paris” goes into execution.
Middle Stage – The Execution
There is only one way to get through to the parking, which involves two stages:
1) The hackers from Pakistan switch the security feed in the parking garage. At the same time, the construction workers try to dig and breakthrough it.
2) Marseille distracts the guards by sitting in his car outside and playing super loud music during the final breakthrough to avoid raising any suspicion
“The rabbit hole is open – we’re inside” are the momentous words of Benjamin, the main construction worker, once they make it through.
Final Stage – The Escape!
Then they move to stage 3 of “Plan Paris” at 8am on the second day. The construction team builds a complete fake wall, hide inside it and wait for Lisbon to come to the parking garage on her way back from the court to the prison.
And then there is that incredible David Copperfield moment. The Professor’s greatest illusion.
Lisbon comes out of the court with the security guards and is walking towards the van. They are stopped by Benjamin [dressed as a judge] and his men.
On his signal, “Good morning,” they pull their guns on the guards. They tie them up with explosive belts and hide them in the vehicle itself with cameras, so they don’t immediately warn the others of the Lisbon’s escape and actually replace her with a look-alike.
Thus giving them enough time to make their getaway while the vehicle goes all the way back to the prison.
The team inside then starts the plan for Lisbon’s great escape. They make Gandia (The Governor of the Bank of Spain’s personal security guard) call Tomayo in the tent and convince him that he’s eliminated Nairobi & Tokyo.
Now he’s under fire and needs to be evacuated from the roof. Gandia then plays this through claiming to be under heavy fire and heads straight up to the roof.
Once he’s on the roof, an army helicopter arrives. Instead of taking Gandia on it – a female special ops commander comes down and starts shooting at the rebels, trying to give Gandia cover but faking it.
This is actually Lisbon, who has made it on the chopper with the help of the construction workers and is now reunited with the rest of the team inside the Royal Bank of Spain.
All the members of the team repeat one after another “For Nairobi,” and then they start chanting “For Nairobi” altogether. The one who was martyred in this Heist of the Royal Bank of Spain.
3. Season 4 Finale – Professor Captured
In the meantime, Sierra has an arrest warrant out for her. She decides the only way to clear her name is to find the mole who leaked information to Lisbon and made her change her mind about confessing.
She realizes that Antonio was the only person other than herself and Torres, who came in contact with Lisbon, and he must be the mole. She first found Antonio’s wife and told her that he hadn’t been acting like himself and if she knew what could be the reason.
Antonio’s wife told her he had been acting weird, and a strange incident happened where he was found in the pool with his friends in the middle of the night.
Sierra then goes to Antonio’s home and sees all the CCTV footage with the building security guard. There she sees him falling out of his window and sees Professor and his friend (Marseille) helping him out of the pool. This confirms her suspicion.
She calls a friend ‘Raul’ and asks him to track the car the Professor came in — it was last seen on the M30 highway. Raul comes through with this, and now Sierra is just off the curve from where the Professor’s car disappeared on the camera, dangerously close to his actual position.
As the team inside the Royal Bank of Spain chant “For Nairobi,” and the emotions run high, feeling a moment of victory suddenly, the Professor hears a click -– it’s the cocking of a gun.
He turns around to find Sierra pointing it straight at him. He tries to move, she shoots and warns him, “Don’t move,” walking straight at him point-blank. She says, “Check Mate, you Son of a B****.” The Professor stares into her eyes, thinking of what could possibly be his next move.
4. What to expect from Season 5?
In my opinion, the next part of Money Heist -– Part 5 or ‘LA CASA DE PAPEL’ part 5 could have another backup plan by the Professor in the advent of him being captured.
It’s also possible that Marseille, who saved the Professor last time, comes to his rescue again. If that happens, I’m quite sure he will be killed in some turn of events.
I’m certain in the next season one more important character will die — most probably Palermo, as he doesn’t seem to be emphasized on like the others.
The next season’s rescue plan for the Professor may even have another name starting with the name of a big metropolitan city. Perhaps even “Plan London” as London fell during World War II and then rescued by the Americans. All in all, the upcoming season of Money Heist is set to have a fabulous plot.
Till then, Bella Ciao.
5. About Money Heist
Money Heist (Spanish: La casa de papel, meaning “The House of Paper”) is a Spanish heist crime drama television series created by Álex Pina. The last season i.e season 5 of the series recently wrapped up shooting and is likely to come by late 2021, or early 2022.
The series traces two long-prepared heists led by the Professor (Álvaro Morte), one on the Royal Mint of Spain, and one on the Bank of Spain. The narrative is told in a real-time-like fashion and relies on flashbacks, time-jumps, hidden character motivations, and an unreliable narrator for complexity.
The show focuses on the meticulous plans and the specific contingencies of the Professor who has prepared his group of robbers dressed in red jumpsuits and Dali masks.
Money Heist season 5 is the last season of the show which will release into two parts each of 5 episode. The first part will release on September 3, 2021 and the second part will release on December 3, 2021.