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In the history of Spanish television there was only one death that, despite the passage of time, continues to be engraved and engraved in the memory of past and subsequent generations: the death of Chanquete. Since last night, the captain of Verano Azul, the owner of La Dorada, already has company: Herminia.

If you still haven't seen the first episode of the last season of Cuéntame and you intend to, get ready for the clinic package because, as Ana Duato (Merche) told me the other day, Cuéntame is going to have an ending "so at the height that it was impossible to do it any other way". And that ending begins in the cemetery of Sagrillas, with Merche, broken with pain, with Antonio wrapping up his "kite", with Toni, Inés, Ricardo and María holding on, with the great-grandchildren looking at the portrait of Herminia, of our Herminia, surrounded by flowers and in front of the hole where she had just been buried.

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Cuéntame's latest "miracle": "What this series has done is tremendous"

  • Written by: ESTHER MUCIENTES Madrid

Cuéntame's latest "miracle": "What this series has done is tremendous"

Because yes, Herminia dies, our Herminia dies and it's as if everyone's grandmother is gone. The Chanquete of the 2001st century, the matriarch of the Alcántara family, the voice of reason and the conscience of a family that in <>, the year Herminia left, is completely broken. Cuéntame had to give the ending that the eternal grandmother deserved and she did, and she was accompanied by almost a million and a half viewers. Few burials have been so crowded.

Herminia has begun to close the circle of a series with which three generations have grown up, grown up and, yes, also died. Grandfathers and grandmothers like Herminia, mothers like Merche, sisters like Inés have sat on the sofa with their grandchildren, with their children to share their own story to the rhythm that the Alcántaras told it. While Cuéntame and those grandchildren were getting older, those grandparents who occupied those armchairs, like Herminia, were losing their lives. For this reason, Herminia's death takes on a meaning that goes far beyond the death of a historical television personality.

Herminia's death will have reminded us of the grandparents who passed away throughout the 22 years of the series' life; Herminia's death will have reminded us that all grandparents are gone, but all grandparents are eternal. Herminia, like Chanquete, will always be eternal because she began as the grandmother of Spain on September 13, 2001 when the first episode of Cuéntame was released and with her we have lived all the memories of a grandmother.

But it is also the death of a mother, Merche's and to a large extent Antonio's as well. The mother who lived with her daughter, who was the owner and mistress of the kitchen and who always had the perfect phrase for every moment. In this final season as well. Because "the seven jewels", in the words of Ana Duato, which are the seven chapters that make up the final season of Cuéntame, begin with their burial where it will be clear that the Alcántara family is completely broken.

Merche, unable to hold back her tears, throws sand into her grandmother's coffin, while Carlos follows her with a bouquet of daisies that he places in front of Herminia's photo. The rest look at the coffin and look at each other because what will be discovered later, Merche and Antonio's inheritance will end up breaking up the family.

"But are they all leaving?" asks Merche to Antonio at the gates of the cemetery as she bids farewell to her children. "Maybe it's better this way right now," he'd reply. "What happened to us, Antonio?" Merche said. It all begins on New Year's Eve 1994.

However, Herminia's death, the episode where we will surely all break our hearts, will not arrive until the sixth of this season. It is there where Herminia will die and where the Ganga Group, producer of Cuéntame, will give the character played by María Galiana the ending that she deserves.

In fact, the year 2001, the year in which Cuéntame will end, will only return for the chapter dedicated to Herminia, the rest, dedicated to each of the main characters, begin in 1994, the year to which the series returned last night after the burial of our Herminia.

I don't want to imagine what the chapter in which Herminia's death is related will be like, but seeing her funeral I think we should be preparing for more tears and emotion. Those of us who have been and are fans of the series have grown up with the Alcántaras and at some point, because 22 years are enough for everything and more, we have seen our grandmother in Herminia, our mother in Merche and our father in Antonio. Last night we all said goodbye to her, last night our grandmother from Spain passed away.

Each chapter will be dedicated to one of the seven main characters of the family – Mercedes, Inés, Toni, María and Carlos – and takes place in a different year, moving from 1994 to 2001. The digital revolution in Spanish homes with the arrival of the internet and mobile phones, the departure of Felipe González from the Moncloa and the arrival of José María Aznar, the cruel assassination of Miguel Ángel Blanco by ETA in 1997, the 2000 effect or the attack on the Twin Towers, are some of the historical events that will have an impact on the lives of the Alcántaras.

The family's legacy becomes one of the main themes of this season and the concept that triggers the action. The legacy that Antonio and Mercedes want to leave to their children, both materially and emotionally. An inheritance that will confront each of the Alcántaras and their role in the family, and that will make visible the conflicts between them.

Each chapter will be dedicated to one of the seven main characters of the family – Mercedes, Inés, Toni, María and Carlos – and takes place in a different year, moving from 1994 to 2001. The digital revolution in Spanish homes with the arrival of the internet and mobile phones, the departure of Felipe González from the Moncloa and the arrival of José María Aznar, the cruel assassination of Miguel Ángel Blanco by ETA in 1997, the 2000 effect or the attack on the Twin Towers, are some of the historical events that will have an impact on the lives of the Alcántaras.

The family's legacy becomes one of the main themes of this season and the concept that triggers the action. The legacy that Antonio and Mercedes want to leave to their children, both materially and emotionally. An inheritance that will confront each of the Alcántaras and their role in the family, and that will make visible the conflicts between them.

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