Netflix’s The Barrier Episode 8 Review: Ambition vs Principles

The Barrier or La Valla is a Spanish-language TV series created by Daniel Ecija and starring Unax Ugalde, Olivia Molina, Eleonora Wexler, Abel Folk, Angela Molina. The series is produced by Atresmedia with Good Mood Productions. The Barrier episode 8 is directed by Luis Oliveros.

The Barrier episode 8 review

The Barrier episode 8 is thrilling, not because there’s a lot of action sequences, but there is one particular revelation that breaks the camel’s back for Julia and her family.

After Alvaro’s death, Luis reminisces about his bond with his friend and decides to avenge him. He also realises that Alvaro was right and that there actually are people who are trying to murder them. However, the Commander, obviously, is not happy with this and informs Alma that Luis is doubting the government. She refuses to believe her lover, and instead, promises to talk to him. Luis and Alma have a heated discussion, where she realises that she and her husband have become quite distant.

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On the other hand, we see a rare moment of vulnerability for Ivan. He’s usually such an as*hole to everyone, but this rare sight is quite a nice development. He also has an important revelation for his father, that catches him off-guard.

Julia and Hugo take Sergio to play with Marta in Sector 2. However, their little day away turns out to be quite a shocker, as well as eventful, when they come face-to-face with a horrible truth. The entire family are now distraught after what happened and must now do whatever it takes to bring the truth to light and save their child.

There’s a sweet moment in The Barrier episode 8 where Hugo reminisces about how he met Sara while they were at a club. At that time, the political situation was such that live music was banned, and this was thus a very rare occurrence. However, that is where he saw Sara for the first time and immediately fell in love. Although he couldn’t approach her that day, fate made him bump into her later on, and since then, he and Sara were inseparable. However, a revelation after that shocks both Hugo and Julia.

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The Barrier episode 8 is an episode with a lot of revelations. Although the last episode had more thrills with respect to fights and escapes, this episode has a lot of things that we get to know. It’s thrilling in a way which makes us wonder what this means for the story as a whole, and also ties the loose ends in the past effectively. The last revelation is also truly shocking. Although it’s new information for Julia and her family, we knew some of it previously, and their surprise mirrors ours. How the family works with this new-found information is what we have to see in the upcoming episodes.

The Barrier episode 8 also gives us quite a few glimpses of the lives of our principal characters before everything went to shit. We see Luis and Alvaro’s bond, while they rush to see Ivan’s birth. On the other hand, we also see Hugo and Julia as younger people enjoying their lives before things became this bad. It’s a nice way to inform us how far our characters have come and gives us a time to look at when things were a bit better.

  • The Barrier episode 8
  • The Barrier episode 8

Additionally, the badass that Luis is, he decides to confront the Commander infront of everyone during Alvaro’s post-funeral get-together. I am intently waiting to see where his character arc takes him. Also, Carlos is going to make a very dangerous decision, and you have to watch the episode to find out!

The Barrier episode 8 is streaming on Netflix.

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The Barrier episode 8 gives us a lot of revelations and flashbacks that tie the loose ends of the past and also gives us things from a better time to hold on to in these trying times.

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