No part of the world is free of terrorism. One of the banes of humanity’s existence, it has changed the course of history and defines some of the biggest (and also the worst) events in recent times. The sheer intensity of hatred it takes to kill people who you know nothing about is inconceivable to commoners, but there is a special bunch that has mastered this emotion, irrespective of their religion. Crashing planes into buildings, shooting down children in schools, ruining an entire country, there is nothing these people will stop at. Blinded by their own beliefs and enabled by influential figures, these people use whatever ludicrous excuse they can conjure to explain their murderous frenzy. Whether or not they accomplish their god’s purpose is unknown, but the one thing that they manage to succeed at is amassing hatred for themselves, which extends to all others that follow the same religion. The most common victim of this prejudice is Islam.
Islamophobia picked pace after the 9/11 tragedy and it has only escalated since. With terrorist organizations taking responsibility for heinous attacks, the situation has worsened for the innocent Muslims. In ‘Victim Number 8’, Netflix explores this territory by focusing on a terror attack in Bilbao which claims the lives of eight people. It follows the story from the perspective of the family of the victims as well as the family of the man held responsible for it. If you haven’t yet seen the series, catch it on Netflix. SPOILERS AHEAD
Summary of the Plot
Omar and Edurne have been in a relationship for a long time, but he hasn’t yet met her parents. She invites him for dinner the next day, and while Omar is nervous about it, he promises to show up. However, he doesn’t. Edurne and her parents patiently wait for him for an hour and a half, but Omar never arrives. The next thing they know is that he is being accused of a terror attack that killed seven people, with several others injured. The cops search for him, with Koro Olaegi leading the team. All the evidence points towards Omar’s guilt, but Edurne and Omar’s family refuses to accept it. As time passes, society begins to turn hostile towards his family. His parents lose their jobs and his younger brothers are bullied at school.
Meanwhile, another victim, Gorka, succumbs to his wounds and leaves behind a family that had already been in shambles. His brother, Gaizka, with whom he had a difficult relationship receives the hatred of his wife and parents. They blame him for being the one who took Gorka to the place where the incident happened. But that doesn’t stop him from taking over the company. Shocked by Omar’s involvement with a terrorist organization, Edurne receives an offer of help from a journalist, Eche, who promises to get to the bottom of the truth, no matter what it is. All the while, a completely different power has been fiddling with the lives of every character.
Who is Victim Number 8?