Santo is a Spanish-Brazilian crime action thriller TV series with occult fictional elements created by Carlos López and directed by Vicente Netflix Spanish action crime thriller “Santo” is more about keeping viewers hooked by revealing very little and in a questionably confusing way. then with many exciting contents.
The execution and fast-paced action are fun to watch, while the first few episodes are basically just there to confuse, not to. Overall, the “Santo” is a nice watch, but nothing worth remembering.
Santo Season 1: Synopsis
Police officer Miguel Millan works on a case in Madrid, trying to solve the murder of a man and the subsequent kidnapping of his son. The man killed was a criminal named Cristobal, and the crime has enough in common with other similar murders to indicate that the prime suspect is a notorious drug lord named Santo. Following the leads that the police department has; Millan and his team arrive at an abandoned warehouse where they rescue a man named Cardona.
This man turns out to be an undercover Brazilian police officer who was also trying to get to Santo. However, Cardona does not remember exactly how he got into this situation, nor how he got the crosses etched on his eyelids, a sign that every follower of Santa’s dangerous cult wears on his body. As it is gradually revealed, Santo is nothing less than a saint or a father figure to his followers, and they would go to any length to protect their patron.
Santo himself is almost pure evil, as he often holds sacrificial rituals where he kidnaps young children to behead them and drink their blood to strengthen himself. With multiple kidnapping cases, the two cops team up to bring down a notorious criminal. But there’s one big catch to all of this because no one has ever seen Santa’s true identity or face.
During his time in Brazil, Cardona first learned about Santa and directly confronted his cruel deeds. Cardona’s lover Vera had her nephew kidnapped and murdered by a drug lord, and it was during the pursuit of the man that his police first offered him an interesting opening. Cardona could become an undercover cop working in Santa’s operations in exchange for giving up everything about his usual life, and Cardona readily agreed. While working in one of the drug areas, he first met Barbara Azevedo, a woman who from that moment became intricately connected to his life.
Although Barbara was Santo’s romantic partner for a long time, she and Cardona fell in love and began their own romance. This was soon discovered and the entire farm was burned while Cardona was taken away. During the mission sometime after, the Brazilian police attacked Santo’s gang and, not knowing Cardona’s true identity, tried to kill him as well. The undercover officer somehow managed to escape and confront his superiors about the surprise attack but was instead asked to cease his undercover activities.
However, Cardona is not convinced as he knows that Barbara is in danger and now he is trying to work alone to save her. After he succeeds, he takes Barbara away to protect her and flies from Brazil to Spain. However, Santo’s gang catches up with them here too, as Barbara admits that she herself let them know their location, as she still believes that Santo is a holy father who would fight the others to absolve them of their sins.
On the other hand, Millan has been involved in his own share of questionable activities in Madrid. Although he was a police officer, Millan worked with criminals like Cristobal and received money from them to keep them safe. While it appears that Millan’s motive was monetary, his own unfortunate past had a lot to do with it. A few years ago, Millan’s professional partner was killed by a psychopath, and the cop still felt he could have done more to save his partner.
In the present day, while working with Cristobal, he fell in love with his wife, Maria, and the two soon began an affair. While everything was going well, Cristobal’s young son saw them sharing intimate moments and told his father about it. That same day, Cristobal was shot and it seemed that Millan might have been behind it.
While the policeman personally threatened some of the men involved in the crime not to tell the police important details, his professional partner Susi became suspicious of the man. Susi had already been collecting information on Millan herself but had not yet reported anything to her department.
Santo Season 1: Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End of The Season?
In the hideout, Millan wakes up to see Barbara and two men approaching her. Barbara, who now seems to be leading the gang, makes Millan drink, which gradually causes him to hallucinate. He is then taken to a large chamber where the other cult members are preparing for a sacrificial ritual with one of the kidnapped children. Their intention is to get Millan to commit the same act as Cardona earlier, and they hand a sharp blade to a raving Millan to cut off the child’s head.
Just then, however, both Cardona and the police led by Susi arrive on the scene and intervene. A shootout ensues in which many of the gang are killed while Millan and Cardona pursue the fleeing Barbara. The three come face to face in the lobby and Millan is about to shoot the woman when she appears to charm Cardona once again with her words and he stops Millan from firing a pistol. Barbara takes this opportunity to escape with some of her men, who also shoot Millan before leaving.
Afterward, the policeman is seen waking up in the hospital room where Susi met him. He asks about Cardona, but Susi admits that no one knows where he is because he seems to have disappeared. Susi then hands Millan the phone with the video playing and Millan shockingly discovers that his own daughter has now been kidnapped by a group of men. In the end, it turns out that Barbara did it when she was filming the video.
Contrary to what everyone believed from the beginning, Santo was never a man; instead, it was Barbara all along. She was the one who led the occult gang, but she always hid her identity because she pretended to be the partner of a drug lord. With this information, it is clear that she used Cardona’s attraction and feelings for her to set up an easy passage from Brazil to Spain. She’s also intelligent enough to try to get both of the cops on her case to commit child murders, and keep videotapes of it as well.
Barbara seems confident of her effect on Cardona, so she lets him watch a video of her killing a child, and that confidence pays off in the end. Despite being aware of her true evil nature and her true identity as Santo, Cardona saves her from being killed or arrested.