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The Ending Of Sky Rojo Explained

Netflix finally released the first season of Sky Rojo, the new series from Álex Pina and Esther Martínez Lobato, the creators of bank heist crime drama La Casa de Papel, also known as Money Heist, and White Lines. 

Sky Rojo, which translates to Red Leatherette, premiered on March 19, 2021. In the official Netflix press release, the show tells the story of three young women named Coral (Verónica Sánchez), Wendy (Lali Espósito) and Gina (Yany Prado), who go on the run from their pimp Romeo (Asier Etxeandia) and his lackeys, Moisés (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) and Christian (Enric Auquer). "Together, the women embark on a frantic, chaotic journey during which they must face dangers of all kinds and live every second as if it were their last."

Through eight 25-minute episodes, Coral, Wendy, and Gina turn the tables on their captors, unafraid to get murderous to ensure their freedom. Netflix has already confirmed Sky Rojo season 2, so there's no need to worry, there are more episodes on the way. Although the series is from Netflix Spain, the creators made an effort to have a cast of Spanish-speaking actors from all over, notably Latin America. Pina and Martínez Lobato "thought it was the right time to work with actresses with different accents from different places. With Netflix the series will be available all around the world, and we wanted the 400 million Spanish speakers in the world to feel represented (via Variety). 

Throughout season 1 of Sky Rojo, the three young women's lives are on the line as the men from their old club hunt them down. But what exactly happens to Coral, Wendy, and Gina on their dark path to a new life, and how does season 1 end?

Season 1 of Sky Rojo ends on a major cliffhanger

SInce Sky Rojo already has a second season on the way, it's no surprise that the final episode of season 1, "Bear Trap," ends on quite the cliffhanger. The three women, still on the run, enact a plan to get rid of Romeo, Moisés, and Christian once and for all. The women set up a huge pitfall, big enough for a car, at a construction site. They plan to lure Moisés and Christian there, trap them in the hole, and bury their car with them in it. While this happens, Coral will go back to the club where this whole trouble began, kill Romeo, and steal his money and passports. If all goes well, they can put it all behind them and start a new life.

But as you'd expect, it does not all go well. The two major points of the plan — trapping the car in the pit and killing Romeo — do happen, but there are a handful of unexpected obstacles that come up. One is that for some reason, unknown at this point, Carol decides to save Romeo's life, which puts her own in danger. The other issue has to do with Moisés and the pitfall. While Wendy and Gina succeed in trapping the car with Moisés inside, he manages to get a few shots off from his gun, and one hits Wendy in the stomach. Ouch. 

At the end of the episode, both Wendy and Coral's lives are in imminent danger, and audiences have no idea what's going to happen next. Season 2 of Sky Rojo will likely pick up where the finale ends, jumping right back into the action. 

Sky Rojo's themes and how it compares to Money Heist

As a story about gaining freedom and getting revenge on your oppressors, Sky Rojo addresses a lot of important worldly issues, most notably forced sex work and the oppression of women. The show directly references the #MeToo movement and consent, and how people like Romeo and the men who visit his club think, "In here, 'no' means 'yes.' 'Yes' means 'yes.' And saying nothing at all means 'yes.'" Sky Rojo makes it very clear just how irredeemable the antagonists are, and while they are extreme examples, Romeo, Moisés, and the others are perfect representations of what a lot of men in current society believe, and what needs to change.

In an interview with Variety, Sky Rojo creators Pina and Martínez Lobato explained how "wading through the dark reality was difficult." For the new series, they "talked to victims of trafficking, read their stories, watched documentaries and soaked it all in. It was emotionally draining." Sky Rojo retains "bits of [their] DNA as writers" that make it similar to their previous work in both themes and style, most notably with the use of character narration to guide the story. But Pina and Martínez Lobato make a conscious effort to make every project unique, and Sky Rojo is definitely for a more mature crowd than Money Heist. 

Netflix has officially confirmed a second season of Sky Rojo, but there are no details on when fans can expect it to be released. Knowing how season 1 ends, audiences will be waiting on the edge of their seats for the new episodes to find out what exactly happens with Wendy, Coral, and Gina, and who makes it out alive.