The NETFLIX crime series Money Heist returns for the fifth season on September 3, 2021.

The first half of the final season will be released in the UK at 8am on the streaming service. But fans are still baffled as to why the characters are named after cities – so here’s what the showrunners had to say …


The fifth season of Money Heist will also be the last

Why is the cast of Money Heist named after cities?

In an interview with Lifestyle Magazine, showrunner Alex Pina revealed that they first decided they needed to give each character a unique code name, and that using cities is just one of several different ideas the writers are considering.

Alex explained, “We had a number of ideas, including planet names. Then one day someone came with a t-shirt that said Tokyo and that’s how it all began.”

Suddenly inspired, Alex abandoned the plan to name the characters by planets and began assigning different cities to each of the crooks.

Who came up with the names for the cast of Money Heist?

After the crew decided to use city names instead of planets, they realized they needed a way to make it meaningful within the plot of the show.

Although they briefly considered assigning cities from their countries of origin to the characters, they decided it would make more sense to make the names seemingly random.

The authors argued that the mastermind behind the operation, The Professor, would randomly assign code names in hopes of tricking police into thinking that everyone had a meaning – which resulted in law enforcement wasting time analyzing it .

The only exception to this rule is Stockholm, aka Monica, whose nickname comes from speculation that she suffered from Stockholm Syndrome.

How many of the original Money Heist cast died on the show?

Warning: spoilers for every upcoming season of Money Heist!


The Spanish crime drama has been translated into English


Nairobi was shot dead dramatically during the third season but was eventually nursed back to health throughout the fourth season.

In a gruesome twist, however, she is captured by Gandia, the Bank of Spain’s security chief, who seeks revenge on the troops after being held hostage in the past.

The embittered Gandia finally decides to have Nairobi executed by shooting her in the head.


The Serbian immigrant Oslo is killed at the end of the first season.

After a brutal head injury, Oslo is killed by his good friend and compatriot Helsinki after it is revealed that he is brain dead.


Moscow joined the Heist crew after serving a robbery sentence.

Despite plans to get clean, Moscow agrees to help after his son Denver reveals he is in dire need of money.

Moscow’s dreams of giving up his criminal life, however, come to nothing when he is shot dead by the police in season two.


Berlin is the professor’s big brother and acted as his deputy.

Berlin joins the raid despite suffering from a degenerative disease – and he keeps his condition a secret from the rest of the crew until he sacrifices himself in season two to give the rest of the crew time to escape from the police .

Netflix gives fans a first look at Money Heist Season 5: Volume 1