Money Heist: Arturo, Gandia, Sierra, the antagonists that you love to hate
I’ve been one person who hasn’t been the pro protagonist wing woman. I mean, there have been many antagonists who you end up falling in love with. Personally, I ended up loving Loki in Avengers, because his villainous streak was situational.
However, there are some like Thanos, that make sure to be hated. When I was watching Money Heist, I did come across several such characters who I despite even trying really hard couldn’t love. And how could I?
I’ll begin with the famous Arturo, yes, the very Arturo who got Monica, now Stockholm pregnant. I hated him since the very instant he laid a hand at Monica, and it continued through the 4 seasons of the Heist. And while I did think I could forgive him, but when I saw him in the fourth part, where he literally rapes a fellow hostage while ensuring he would calm her down. He didn’t stop there, he ensured that there was a rift between Denver and Stockholm, because well, he didn’t get the girl nor the child, how could anyone else have them.
Gandia, the infamous yet famous Gandia. When you see his face, there’s everything that you’d like to change. While I initially appreciated him for his bravery and loyalty, the way he treated Tokyo after keeping her captive made me want to do something about it. And well, my dislike for him turned into sheer hatred when he shot Nairobi right after releasing her. Not only did it make me cry but also made me want to use the same gun and shoot his brains out.
Oh Sierra! You’ll definitely need to heave a sigh of no relief when you talk about Sierra. Who does that? The way she treated Rio in a godforsaken corner of the world was enough to tell us how villainous she was. But she had to surpass her own records, and there she was all available to torture Lisbon. Her colleague. I had that one ounce of sympathy for her when she talked about her husband’s death but all of it went away because of the events that unfolded her.
All three of these villains deserve loud applause because of the aura they created around their characters. It’s easy to make you fall in love with a character, however, it’s hard to hate someone with all your might. I hope we get to see more such characters in the coming season because what’s a heist without Sierra doing her thing, Arturo creating a nuisance and Gandia wearing a mask of loyalty which even encompasses the basic humanity he should have had.
Author: Aahna Sharma
A foodie, a traveller (home to office, just kidding), amateur cook and a social media buff, Aahna is a passionate writer and a binge-watcher, has a PhD in pulling all-nighters (holding a record of 36 hours straight) and can even write a masterpiece while Netflixing. A wannabe Zuckerberg who is now trying hard to transform her love of binge-watching to something more professional. In her past life, she was probably Jane Austen herself, thus the hopeless romantic, poet, thus the storyteller hidden inside of her always finds a way to come out in the open. Her love for all things English, Hindi, and Urdu helps her to create some fun, quirky sentences, which you might find fun to read. If not, there's always sarcasm in those write-ups to interest you.