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CARMEN VILLALOBOS AND KIMBERLY REYES REPRISE THEIR ROLES IN “EL FINAL DEL PARAISO” ONE LAST TIME

A story that started in the burrows of Columbia over 10 years ago. Comes to an end on August 13th, in “El Fin Del Paraiso” on Telemundo.

Based Gustavo Bolivars investigative book; “Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso” (Without tits there is no paradise). Telemundo’s rendition of the novel tells the story of a young woman who dreamt of escaping poverty by means of enhanced breast and entering the world of high-end prostitution for Columbian drug cartels.

A world that she long believed would be nothing but leisure and riches, ended up being dangerous and lonely. While a life of poverty may have been was the worst thing, she thought anyone could experience. It was nothing in comparison to the abuse, lose, pain and betray that she faced in her new life as a high-end call girl. Which ultimately led to her plot her own assignation. Her final words being “Mentira. Sin senos no hay Paraiso” (It’s a lie. Without breast there is no paradise).

With the main character now dead, there was no immediate talk of a sequel being made. However, in 2016 nearly eight years after the 1st series ended. A spinoff to Catalinas story came to air; “Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso” (Without Breast There is Paradise). The story began following Catalinas presumed death, with her mother expecting a child with Catalinas former high school boyfriend. Yes! One of those betrayals Catalina faced was finding out that her mother Hilda and boyfriend Albeiro had begun a romantic relationship behind her back. It is also reviled in the beginning that Catalinas former best friend Yesica, is expecting a child as well with Catalinas drug lord husband; another betrayal she uncovered. (Jessica’s marriage and pregnancy meant that Catalina would be killed, so her husband wouldn’t have to deal with a divorce and give her half of his money.) Jessica makes a deal with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) following Catalinas death, to turn in her new husband Marcelo. In exchange to keeping all his money for her and her unborn child; to start as she proclaimed a new life “away from drugs.”

Now the series is about to enter its third and final season, appropriately titled “El Final Del Paraiso” (The End of Paradise). Bringing too full circle the lives of two woman, whose stories began nearly a decade ago.

Catalina Santana-Sanin, nicknamed “Cata La Grande.” Former cartel call-girl turned DEA agent. In the beginning of the spin-off season, it is revealed that Catalina survived her own assassination attempt and testified in the trial of a notorious drug lord. She is then moved to the states under the witness protection program and soon begins a new life. She becomes a wife, mother and the first DEA female agent. All while maintaining her distance from her family and friends back in Columbia, who believe her dead for 20 years.

When the revelations of what her family has endured following her presumed death, come to surface. Catalina and her family are relocated to Columbia, so she can infiltrate the remaining cartels and bring them down; all while seeking justice for the crimes committed against her loved ones. Her mission to infiltrate the cartels under her old “call-girl” alias is no easy task. For she must face the consequences for her actions, over 20 years ago and maintain her double life, not just for her safety but her family’s as well.

Yesica Beltran, nicknamed “La Diabla.” She was the most sought-after pimp before becoming one of the most powerful drug lords in Columbia. Best friends with Catalina since childhood, Yessica was the one to introduce and encourage Cata’s desire to use the “call-girl” life as a means to escape poverty. She has been known to be ambitious, greedy, treacherous and envious of Catalina. Before Catalinas presumed death, Yessica got involved with her friends’ husband and sought to take everything she had. Knowing that would mean that Catalina would be killed, and any proof of that marriage destroyed, so she could not take half of the estate in a divorce.

In the spin-off, it is revealed that following Catalinas “death.” Yessica married Marcial (Catas former husband) and becomes pregnant with their child. She then negotiated a deal with a DEA agent to turn him in, in exchange for keeping all the properties and money in his name. Soon after she marries a rising Politian (who is well aware of her business dealings) and gives birth to a daughter. She was there the night Catalina was supposedly killed, unaware that she was the intended target for the gunman. She never once believed Catalina to be alive, until her ex-husbands marriage license to Catalina began to show up. Believing that any proof of that marriage was destroyed and that the only person who could possibly have kept a copy of the license is Catalinas mother. Yessica sets to kill the Santana family and keep them from claiming the inheritance, Catalinas marriage to Marcial earned them.

Now as we enter this final battle between these two once best friends, turned mortal enemies. We will see a whole new level of treachery and destruction. For unknown to Catalina, the now new Director of Operations for the DEA. Yessica (under a new identity and face) is working in the DEA to gain access and ultimately kill her. All the while turning Catalinas daughter into a drug dealer and turning her against her. Something that has Catalina in between a rock and a hard place. For while her duty is to justice, her heart is of a mother wanting to get her daughter back.

“El Final Del Paraiso” airs August 13th on Telemundo.

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