Arrived in part 5 of La Casa de Papel, Rafael is presented as being the son of Berlin. But a detail from the last episode of the Netflix series could indicate that the young man is actually the son of the Professor. Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen the entirety of La Casa de Papel before continuing to read this article.
The end of La Casa de Papel, available since December 3 on Netflix, is based on yet another masterstroke from the Professor (Álvaro Morte). The leader of the famous robbers has indeed managed to save his comrades in arms and leave with the coveted loot. And all with the protection and blessing of Colonel Tamayo (Fernando Cayo) and the Spanish authorities.
It was not, however, an easy task since it was necessary to convince the colonel to make a deal after an incredible subterfuge so that he lets the robbers leave unharmed and above all rich but passed for dead in the eyes of the world.
The other obstacle that the Professor has managed to get around is Rafael (Patrick Criado), the son of Berlin (Pedro Alonso), in a relationship with Tatiana (Diana Gómez), the ex of his father. The two lovebirds, who knew the Professor’s plan, embezzled the gold and threatened the outside team of Álvaro Morte’s character, namely Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri), Marseille (Luka Peros), Benjamin (Ramón Agirre) and the Serbs.
It was without counting the Professor who is always one step ahead and who sent Alicia to do some research on Rafael and especially to bring him a precious word, which will change the situation. And it is from this little word that a theory is born: what if Rafael was in reality the son of the Professor and not that of Berlin?
Thief from father to son
It is never revealed what exactly is written on the Professor’s note given to Rafael but we understand that he offered some of the loot to the latter if he returned the gold to his team. Rafael accepts and when Tatiana asks him if he is sure that the Professor will give him his share, Rafael answers. “Yes, it’s a family affair”, smiling and making a very special gesture.
Indeed, Rafael raises his glasses on his nose with his index finger, a distinctive gesture that the Professor very often does. What if that smile and gesture meant that the Professor had confessed to him that he was his real father in that little piece of paper? And that he would have his share of the gold since it will be his own inheritance?
The importance of the family is recalled in this final episode entitled “A Family Tradition”, in reference to the flashback in Madrid, five years before the robbery, where Berlin explains to Rafael that the heist is a family tradition. Already in this flashback, we can see that the physique and personality of Rafael more closely resemble the attractions of the Professor than those of Berlin.
Some fans of the series also support this theory after watching this final episode. We wonder if these few seconds mentioned above are just a wink from the writers or a real intention to make this final twist understood.
Any answers in the Berlin spin-off?
So how could one explain that Rafael is actually the Professor’s son? From the first episode of part 5, we understand that Rafael grew up without his father. Berlin finds him to embark on his scrapping schemes because he has important computer skills. But he could very well make him believe that he is his father to gain his trust, train him and protect him from the truth.
If Rafael was really his son, would Berlin have sacrificed himself so ardently in Part 2 of the series? Nothing is less sure. Answers to this theory may be found in the recently announced La Casa de Papel spin-off.
This prequel series will indeed focus on… Berlin! It is Deadline who relayed the information a few days ago. The many flashbacks to the character played by Pedro Alonso and killed in part 2 have already lifted the veil on some parts of his past, this spin-off should focus on his younger years. It will also be perhaps the occasion to see a young Professor, or Sergio for the close friends, and to know whether or not he is the real father of Rafael.