While Netflix continues to expand its reach to every corner of the world, there are some places where it has already strengthened its position to a great extent and has even become the leading producer of the TV series in the local languages, so much so that it rivals other networks of those countries. To witness this phenomenon, you need to look no further than Spain.
The streaming service has heavily indulged itself in the production of Spanish language shows, and the effort is proving fruitful with these series luring more and more viewers for it. With the record-breaking performance of ‘Money Heist’ and the increasing craze of shows like ‘Elite’, Netflix has come a long way in Spanish content production, and from the looks of it, this is just the beginning. A number of Spanish shows are lined up for release in the near future, ‘Hache’ being one of them.
Created and written by Veronica Fernandez, the show is inspired by true events. Jorge Torregrossa and Fernando Trullols have directed its episodes. They shared their excitement about their first project with Netflix, saying: “We are very proud that our first project is an original series of Netflix. Our vocation as a company is global and with Netflix, that objective is assured. We hope that this is the first stage of a long and fruitful collaboration.”
Describing the series, Erik Barmack, the VP of International Originals at Netflix, said: “The world that Veronica, Tomas and Jorge have created is unique, fresh and likely to have global appeal. We’re ready to add ‘Hache’ to our growing list of Spanish series intended for global audiences.”
The first season of the show was well-received. Now, the question arises: will there be a ‘Hache’ season 2? We will delve into that question, but first, let’s quickly look into the details of the series.
Hache Cast: Who’s in it?
The lead role in ‘Hache’ is played by Adriana Ugarte. Her character, Helena, is a fierce woman who comes from nothing and rises to the top of the heroin trafficking business. Ugarte was last seen in the sci-fi Spanish drama, acquired by Netflix, ‘Mirage’. Her other acting credits include ‘The Solar System’, ‘Juliet’ and ‘The Time in Between’.
Javier Rey plays the role of Malpica, the drug lord whose support Helena uses to enter the drug trade and from whom she learns the tricks of the trade. Rey has previously been the part of a 60s drama in ‘Velvet Collection’. Before ‘Hache’, he explored the world of drug trafficking in ‘Cocaine Coast’, a drama set in the 80s.
Eduardo Noriega appears in the role of Alejandro Vinuesa. Maria Salas plays the character of Silvia Velasco. Additional cast includes Marc Martinez as Aristides, Alex Casanovas a Clemente Larrubia, Eladio Perez as Josep Julien and Pep Ambros as Julio Senovilla.
Season 2, when it is released, is expected to see all the lead cast members return to reprise their original roles.
Hache Plot: What’s it about?
Set in the 60s in Barcelona, ‘Hache’ follows the story of a woman who rises up the ranks of the illegal heroin trade. In that time, Spain was gripped with all sorts of drug abuse. With so many types circulating in the market, a mafia lord tries to keep his heroin trade as covert as possible. It is also a time of upheaval in the political situation of the country, which is why the drug lords just need to keep their heads down in order to avoid any problems with the cops.
Malpica is a leading name in the heroin trade. He has suffered a lot of personal losses and is hardened by his experience to become a ruthless criminal. Meanwhile, there is Helena. With her husband out of the picture and a child to take care of, she turns to prostitution to fend for herself. When she comes across Malpica, she sees an opportunity to get out of her current profession.
As she grows close to him, she starts learning everything there is to know about the world of the drug trade and with her intelligence and wit, carves a place for herself. She doesn’t appear as any threat to the already established drug lords, and she uses their neglect as an advantage. She is aware of the danger that closeness to Malpica puts her in, and despite winning his confidence, she has to decide where he fits in the course of her future plans. But that is not her only problem. The cops have got the sniff of the rising drug trade in Barcelona and how the city has become a focal point for the transport of drugs from Asia to America. The indulgence of the Italians and Americans further heightens the stakes.
Season 1 of ‘Hache’ wraps up with Hache seeking revenge when Malpica’s betrayer is imprisoned and tortured. Season 2 is expected to see Hache regain her control as the head of the criminal enterprise. The second season also teases the resurrection of Javier Rey.
Hache Season 2 Release Date: When Will It Premiere?
‘Hache’ Season 1 premiered on November 1, 2019, on Netflix, in all its entirety of eight episodes.
The series has a noir feel to it, and the setting of the 60s gives it the liberty to create an entirely another world for the audience, especially the international viewers who haven’t had exposure to the Spain of that time. Being in the criminal world allows the characters to have a grey shade, with everyone motivated by their own reasons and ready to do whatever it takes to get there.
Spanish TV shows have proved to be one of the most profitable investments for Netflix and their success shows that they are much loved by the audience worldwide. ‘Hache’ did benefit from this reputation in Spain and opened to positive acclaim. As a result, Netflix announced its renewal via a Tweet from its Spanish social account, which when translated reads as: “The “damn the teacher and damn the apprentice” thing to #Hache falls short. The second season arrives in 2020.”
Our best guess is that, if the series follows a similar release window, ‘Hache’ season 2 will most likely release sometime in November 2020.
‘Hache’ is about the dark and twisted world of the drug trade through the perspective of a woman who is a complete outsider. It serves the audience with the characters they’d love to hate (or hate to love) with the vintage style and ambiance of the 60s. What’s there to not love! You can catch all episodes of the first season on Netflix. Have a look at the trailer here.
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