One of the most mysterious and complex characters in Spain returns to the Amazon Prime Video screen. The platform premieres this Thursday the second season of El Cid, the series that counts the adventures of Rodrigo “Ruy” Díaz de Vivar before becoming El Campeador.
Jaime Lorente (the Denver of The Money Heist, who also participated in the first seasons of Elite) puts on the costume of the medieval Castilian hero, now a knight and considered a hero of the crown.
Anchored in the 11th century, the series deals with one of the most fascinating times in the history of Spain, where Christians, Arabs and Jews lived together in the Iberian Peninsula, facing wars and forging alliances.
Jaime Lorente plays the medieval Spanish hero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in the Amazon series.
Here, five keys to the second installment of this Spanish blockbuster Amazon original -whose first season had five chapters-, a story of adventure, love, intrigue and betrayal.
1) A divided monarchy
The new installment of El Cid It starts after the death of King Fernando. Now, his eldest son Sancho (Francisco Ortiz) governs the County of Castilla; and his second son, Alfonso (Jaime Olías), reigns in León, which at that time was the highest prize.
García (Nicolás Illoro), the youngest son, is crowned King of Galicia. Ruy will be made a knight of Castile and will become a true hero, although for this he must be forced to make very difficult decisions.
2) The role of Urraca and the fights for the kingdom
Alicia Sanz plays the Infanta Urraca, the daughter of King Fernando and lady of Zamora.
The Infanta Urraca, daughter of Fernando and lady of Zamora, will handle the threads of power from the shadows, revealing its darker side. The disputes between the brothers to take over the kingdom in its entirety transform the Iberian Peninsula into a field of bloody battles.
Initially, El Cid will fight under the flag of Castilla. But you will end up sacrificing what you want most.
3) Fidelity to history or creative freedom
“They have deceived us enough with the legend of El Cid. There is a lot of trap, he was a conciliator of cultures“Said the actor who rose to fame as one of the Mint robbers in the hit Netflix series in December. As with all popular figures, there were those who criticized the series for its lack of historical rigor.
We will see how screenwriters Luis Arranz and Adolfo Martínez Pérez approach this sequel. Just in case, Lorente has already clarified that it is a fiction, and not a documentary.
4) The hero and his main debates
In this second season, “Ruy” will have to make many difficult decisions.
Some of “Ruy’s” strengths come into check in this second part. Among them, his loyalty to Sancho and his faithful companions Alvar (Adrián Salzedo), Lisardo (David Castillo), Nuño (Álvaro Rico) and the doctor Abu Bakr (Zohar Liba) is one of them.
Your desire for peace will collide with your ambition to climb the social hierarchy to earn his nickname of Campeador in successive battles. El Cid will also be debated between the love of two women: Jimena (Lucía Guerrero) and the exotic and sensual Amina (Sarah Perles).
5) What role will the queen play?
In the trailer for this new season, the voice of Queen Sancha “la Bella” (Elia Galera) is heard, warning her children: “Your father left you a legacy, I hope you are up to it”.
After the death of King Fernando, it will be necessary to see what role Queen Sancha (Elia Galera) plays.
But the heirs raise their arms to overthrow their brothers. Hence, Sancha goes to Díaz de Vivar to prevent the war from escalating in proportions. “Only you can prevent my children from killing each other and many people from dying”, says the queen.
Bonus track: a soundtrack with an Argentine accent
El Cid is a Zebra production, which is executive produced by Sara Fernández-Velasco and José Velasco, creator of the series with Luis Arranz, scriptwriter and creative producer along with Marco A. Castillo, director of the series.
Notably the original soundtrack of the series was composed by the Argentine Gustavo Santaolalla – Oscar winner for the music of Secret in the mountain and of Babel-, and by Alfonso González Aguilar, composer of Klaus, an animated film nominated for an Oscar.