the real meaning of Roi’s (Julio Peña) mysterious tattoo in the Netflix series

After farewell ‘The Money Heist’ there was a desire to go and ‘Berlin’, the ‘spin-off’ of the aforementioned, has given us it as a great culmination to close the year. Throughout the eight episodes of this first season, we have followed without blinking all the great steps of the character played by Pedro Alonso and his band formed by Keila (Michelle Jenner), Joel Sánchez (Bruce), Tristán Ulloa (Damián), Cameron (Begoña Vargas) and Roi (Julio Peña).

The latter is possibly the most puzzling character. When the plot begins, it is clear that Roi did not have an easy past, but we do not know all the details until we reach the last two chapters. He and Cameron put the mission in danger and, in fact, they are to blame for the police being alert, thanks to two robot portraits and a curious tattoo that the young man has on one of his hands.

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There is a moment of great intimacy between Cameron and Roi in which she asks him why he always carries a mitten on his hand and he opens up about the drama he experienced in his childhood. His father always blamed him for the death of his mother in childbirth and her way of punishing him was by putting out cigarettes on his knuckles. After leaving that hell, he ended up in a reform school until he met Berlin, his savior and teacher.


It was Berlin that suggested he get that tattoo in the shape of a goat’s head, which is driving the French police and agents Murillo and Sierra into disbelief. His mentor told him one day that they both had the devil inside (the goat identifies with the devil) and that every time he was tempted to do something wrong, he should look at it. And this is its meaning.

Now that we know in detail the heavy backpack that Roi carries on his back, we understand him and connect with him better. The only thing we wish is for Netflix to confirm this long-awaited second installment to see how he manages his love relationship with his robbery partner.

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Marieta Taibó is current affairs and culture editor at Cosmopolitan and a film and television series expert for more than a decade. When she is not writing, you will find her in front of the screen analyzing the latest releases from Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Max, Disney+ and the rest of the streaming platforms to recommend those interesting titles or those that are going to rock. Between criticism and television fiction news, interviews with actors. In his recorder you will find talks from his interviews with Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas, Úrsula Corberó, Ana de Armas, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Lily Collins, yes, ‘Emily in Paris’ or Christina Hendricks, the redhead from ‘Mad Men’ , to name a few names. Off-screen, in addition, she will recommend the best leisure and gastronomic plans. In other professional stages, she has also written about fashion and beauty. In fact, she is the author of the essay ‘The secret face of the beauty business’, from the Almuzara publishing house. Marieta Taibo has a degree in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and has a Higher Course in Fashion and Luxury Marketing and Communication from Elle magazine and the Complutense University. Her first steps as an editor were in the economics section of La Clave current affairs magazine until she made the leap to society and culture, her true passion. Later, she worked at El Confidencial, and then at the women’s magazine AR as coordinator of the cultural agenda and head of the film section. From there, she made the jump to the magazines Supertele and TP and spent ten years there writing about films and series, work that she combined as a contributor to Babylon Magazine doing in-depth reports on culture, until she arrived at Cosmopolitan six years ago.

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