Elite season 4 has officially arrived, and Netflix has already stated that the legendary Spanish series will return for a fifth season. Each season of Elite features a unique, suspenseful mystery.
Elite season 1 was about who killed Marina, Elite season 2 was about Samu’s disappearance, and Elite season 3 was about Polo’s murder. It is uncertain what Elite seasons 4 and 5 have in store for us, but with many major cast changes, one thing is certain: more mayhem is on the horizon.
Here is all you need to know about season 5 of Elite, including the release date, cast, trailer, spoilers, and information about what’s to come beyond season 4.
When Will the Fifth Season of Elite Premiere on Netflix?
In a February 2022 tweet, Netflix stated: “Elite has been renewed for a fifth season, so fans, get ready for more! And before you ask, no, Season 4 has not yet debuted.” In March 2022, Netflix confirmed the official release date by uploading a new teaser trailer with the main cast of season 5 and the phrase “no rules.” Season 5 of Elite premiered on Netflix on April 8, 2022.
Who Are in the Elite Season 5’s Cast?
Itzan Escamilla (Samu), Omar Ayuso (Omar), Claudia Salas (Rebe), Manu Rios (Patrick), Pol Granch (Phillipe), Carla Daz (Ari), and Martina Cariddi (Menca) will all return for more drama in season five of Elite.
Arón Piper (Ander) and Miguel Bernardeau (Guzmán) are no longer featured cast members. The two embark on travel at the conclusion of season 4, and it appears unlikely that they will return for season 5 unless they appear as guest stars.
Netflix has also announced that Argentine actress Valentina Zenere and Brazilian actor André Lamoglia will join the franchise in season 5 as students named Isadora and Iván, respectively. Isadora is a social media personality, whilst Iván is the son of a renowned Premier League footballer.
Since then, it has been confirmed that French actor Adam Nourou will also join the cast as Eric, a student. Additionally, Isabel Garrido will join the cast as Patri It is currently unknown whether the characters of Valentina, André, Adam, and Isabel will attend the same school year as the rest of the ensemble.
Reviews for Elite Season 5
Some programmes are cancelled well ahead of schedule. There are many unfinished Netflix Originals titles in the Netflix Originals graveyard. Similarly, however, some programmes outstay their welcome and drag on for too long. They lose their original allure and become a shell of their previous selves.
Elite is therefore a combination of the two in many respects. Although there are reasons to keep the show on the air, it feels like a series that is well past its prime. And if the fifth season is any sign, it’s time to give up.
The blend of romance, drama, and murder mystery in Elite may not be to everyone’s liking, but the format is visceral and captivating. In the previous season, the show’s flaws were readily apparent, but an intriguing murder mystery did a good job of concealing them. However, Season 5 does not have this luxury.
With half the group moving on to greater and better things, the remaining cast members are joined by new characters who lack the same attraction as their predecessors. The plot continues to incorporate a murder mystery element, which this time is a mysterious figure floating face-down in a swimming pool.
With a schoolbag submerged in the pool and Samuel as the number one suspect, these “flash forwards” are interspersed throughout the episodes as we retrace the new school year building up to this moment.
Drama develops, however, when Elodie’s video alleging Phillipe of rape leaks. He becomes the number one public adversary at school, although Isadora and Cayetana rally to his side.
With Benjamin’s implementation of a more draconian rule, including geolocation tracking and a strict no physical contact policy, Patrick finds himself rebelling more than ever, turning away from his father and finding solace in Ivan, a new student whose soccer-star father, Cruz, has transferred to the school.
Eventually, the duo will become closer until an unforeseen connection with Cruz flips everything on its head. Omar continues to work at the bar, where he greets Bilal, a young man who is fearful of gangsters pursuing him. Ari continues her relationship with Samu (who has returned to school), while Mencia and Rebe continue to dance around their feelings.
This year, it is very evident that the mystery is more of an afterthought than a truly engrossing element of the series, as these relationships practically support the entire programme. Fair enough, there is a wonderful little twist at the conclusion of episode 4, which helps to lift this, but beyond that, the show remains murky and confused.
Other than the aforementioned plot surprise and a very scorching s*x scene between Patrick and Ivan, there aren’t many memorable moments across the entire eight episodes. Aside from it, everything else here feels indifferently ordinary. Those who were turned off by season four are unlikely to be re-engaged in this season.
There are a few more subplots that play out during this season, but the hurried conclusion, which leaves the door open for season 6 (which has already been approved), feels more like sequel bait than a truly compelling and fulfilling conclusion.
It’s a shame that there are glimmers of hope in this work, but they are rapidly extinguished by the overwhelming presence of mediocrity. Some of the character arcs are poorly written, particularly that of Omar, who doesn’t have much to do and should definitely be eliminated.
Similarly, Mencia and Rebe’s story is shallow, badly structured, and devoid of content. And finally, there is Isadora. It’s unclear what her intentions are for the majority of the season, but in episode 7 the programme takes a dark turn, which doesn’t play well with the tale, especially since it’s practically brushed off insincerity in the end. Those who have watched the series will recognise my reference without any spoilers.
In typical Elite form, though, the editing is quite good, and the delicious blend of neon-lit graphics and pounding music create a lively teen drama. It’s unfortunate that this brilliance does not transcend to the writing, which is at most acceptable. This season is as predictable as it gets, with mediocre individuals executing an average storyline; the outcome was never going to be anything but average.