‘Money Heist’: Why Úrsula Corberó ‘Couldn’t Stop Crying’ While Filming the Series Finale

As the popular Netflix series Money Heist (La Casa de Papel) comes to an end, the actors have struggled to say goodbye to their characters. For actor Úrsula Corberó, who plays Tokyo in the series, found it challenging to film her character’s final scenes. As the show’s narrator, Tokyo was a part of the money heist crew set to rob the Royal Mint of Spain. Here’s why the Money Heist star “couldn’t stop crying” while filming the final scenes. 

What happened to Tokyo in ‘Money Heist’ Part 5 Vol. 1?

Jamie Lorente, Belén Cuesta, and Úrsula Corberó dressed in red and black gear in Netflix's 'Money Heist.'
(L to R) Jamie Lorente, Belén Cuesta, and Úrsula Corberó | Tamara Arranz/Netflix

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In Money Heist: Part 5 Vol. 1, Tokyo sacrificed herself to save the other robbers in the Bank of Spain. During the fifth episode, Gandia (José Manuel Poga) and other officials tried to trap Tokyo, Denver (Jaime Lorente), and Manila (Belén Cuesta). Tokyo suffered severe injuries and was unable to escape. Ultimately, she sacrificed herself to help the gang escape the assailants. As the officials fired their guns, she took several pullets to the body. Then, she removed the pins on grenades on her chest, causing a massive explosion to kill her and the other foes. 

While some fans believed Tokyo survived the explosion, her fate was revealed in the Money Heist: Part 5 final trailer. While in tears, Denver uttered the words, “Tokyo is dead.” Then, Rio (Aníbal Cortés) is shown crying as well. During the preparation process for the heist, he developed feelings for Tokyo. Although pursuing a romance was prohibited among the heist members, they began a secret relationship. Eventually, he fell in love with her. Before the heist, Rio gave Tokyo a dog tag with his real name on it and proposed to her. 

Úrsula Corberó explains why she ‘couldn’t stop crying’ while filming the final scenes

In an exclusive interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Úrsula Corberó got candid about filming her final scenes in Money Heist. During her last weeks on set, the 32-year-old actor revealed that it was difficult saying goodbye to Tokyo and the show. 

“I remember I couldn’t stop crying while filming every scene. There was a pain in my stomach,” she explained. “Because a lot of crazy things happened to me with this show. My life changed, and I feel grateful and proud. I will miss Tokyo so much, but at the same time, I think she’ll be a part of me forever.”

What should fans expect from ‘Money Heist’ Vol. 2?

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Since Money Heist is coming to an end, fans want to know how the story will end. While the gang’s fate hangs in the balance, audiences want to see if they’ll escape law enforcement. So, what should fans expect from the final season? 

According to Digital Spy, Money Heist creator Álex Pina revealed the final installment would focus on the “emotional situation” of the show’s central characters. “We decided to work in an extremely aggressive genre, putting The Gang on the ropes. In volume two, we focus more on the emotional situation of the characters,” Pina explained. “It is a journey across their sentimental map that connects us directly to their departure.”

Money Heist: Part 5 Vol. 2 will be released on Dec. 3, 2021.