Kleo Ending, Explained: What’s in the Red Suitcase?
Netflix’s thriller series “Kleo” follows Kleo Straub, an unofficial assassin working for the German Democratic Republic’s State Security Service aka Stasi, based in Berlin. After completing a high-profile mission, Kleo is unexpectedly imprisoned after being accused of crimes she didn’t commit. After German reunification, Kleo is released along with other political prisoners, only for her to find out the truth behind her imprisonment and exact revenge on the officials involved. Created by Hanno Hackfort, Bob Konrad and Richard Kropf, the German series keeps viewers hooked with a captivating narrative that ends with stunning revelations. If you are ready for a deep dive into the same, let us be your ally!
Kleo Season 1 Recap
“Kleo” begins with Kleo Straub killing a stranger as part of his mission to a disco bar named Big Eden. After Kleo’s departure, Anne Geike, responsible for West Germany, takes a key out of the dead man’s pocket to take possession of a red suitcase which she sends to Chile. A few days later, Colonel Ludger Wieczorek receives the order to imprison Kleo with false charges. Her own grandfather, a senior East German official, Otto Straub, testifies against her. Kleo separates from her colleague and lover Andi Wolf, the father of her unborn baby. In prison, she had a miscarriage and was released after three years, following German reunification.
Kleo meets with Otto to find out why she was imprisoned. She fails to get an answer from him and shoots her grandfather when he takes an empty gun to scare her. She then meets Andi, who tells her that Wieczorek, who died while she is in prison, was the person behind her imprisonment. She kills the judge who sentenced her. Kleo then meets Walter Blum, a party official who played a role in his imprisonment. She kills him and finds a photo of Wieczorek living in Majorca. The assassin then travels to Majorca and kills Wieczorek, who informs him that Minister Erich Mielke is behind his imprisonment before he dies.
Meanwhile, a West German cop named Sven Petzold, who saw Kleo kill the man in Big Eden, begins to unofficially investigate her. A BND agent named Min Sun offers Sven a job with the agency if he solves the case of Kleo’s murder in Big Eden for her by gaining the assassin’s trust. After killing Erich Mielke, Kleo teams up with Sven to solve the mystery. Sven leads Kleo to Andi, who confesses to trying to kill her. It reveals the involvement of a double agent and the suitcase the murdered man had with him in his case. Fellow Ramona, who claims to be Andi’s wife Anja, kills her husband before he can reveal anything more.
Kleo and Sven discover that the double agent involved in the situation is Anne Geike. The duo encounter him, only for the latter to try to kill them both. Anne accidentally catches fire and perishes. The assassin deduces that the suitcase must be in Chile after Kleo and Sven unearth an album filled with images of this country. They discover a photo of Jorge, an old friend of Kleo from Chile, in one of Anne’s photo albums. Meanwhile, Sven loses his police job for investigating the Big Eden case without permission. His wife Jenny betrays him by having an affair with his colleague Frederick, further separating him from his family.
Does Kleo find the red suitcase in Kleo season 1 finale?
Yes, Kleo discovers the red bag. Kleo learns from Andi that the suitcase belonged to an East German army officer who wanted to send sensitive information to West Germany. Otto, Kleo’s grandfather, and Margot Honecker asked Anne to help get the suitcase, and Margot then sent it to Chile for Jorge to save with the help of comrade Ramona. Sven retrieves a map with a marked location from Ramona’s room. He teams up with Kleo, and the two discover the suitcase inside a statue of Jesus, overtaking Ramona, who gave them a chase to retrieve the suitcase.
The suitcase is filled with papers relating to the agreement between Honecker and Ronald Reagan, the President of the United States. West Germany, also known as the Federal Republic of Germany, served as Reagan’s entry point into Europe during the Cold War. Thanks to her, the United States was able to influence European politics and take a stand against socialist East Germany and its ties with other communist countries. Reagan’s opposition to East Germany was the foundation of American relevance in Europe. Reagan wanted East Germany to be strong enough to oppose and fight it in order to maintain its relevance and influence in European politics.
However, East Germany was at the time a crucial adversary for the United States despite its financial difficulties. Reagan supported the county to continue to serve as a bogeyman among European countries to justify American intervention. The army official Kleo kills wanted West Germany to receive the documents so they could show how capitalist and socialist countries worked together. Reagan provided the money without even telling Congress, so Kleo’s grandfather, Otto, and Honecker’s wife, Margot, had to keep the suitcase secret.
Despite Kleo killing the army official, she complicated things, giving the adversaries a chance to locate the suitcase. Kleo is sentenced to death by East German officials for a mistake she didn’t even realize she had made. Otto succeeds in changing the death sentence to life in prison, preventing the death of his granddaughter.
What motivates Min Sun to deliver the suitcase to America?
West German agent Min Sun takes possession of the suitcase with Sven’s help after Kleo and Sven successfully locate it. She gives the suitcase to the United States in exchange for an unidentified package rather than handing it over to her agency, Federal Intelligence Service. Min doesn’t care about Germany anymore, in his opinion. She has never received any respect from the nation or her intelligence service for the work she does or the potential she presents. Worse still, Anne entrusts the case to Min in the mistaken belief that Min won’t be able to solve it.
The fact that Anne, Min’s boss, is involved in the same situation makes her realize that the leaders of both nations have only their own interests in mind. After risking his life, Min is unwilling to help such a nation or its leaders. She begins to go in the same direction as her officials, who put their own interests first by giving the suitcase to the United States, which has the most to gain from doing so. By hiding the fact that Reagan supported a socialist-communist country, America hopes to save face. The United States will lose its allies in Europe if the documents relating to the Reagan-Honecker pact become public.
As a result, Min and USA come to a deal where Min gets what she wants in return. Despite the fact that the latter is kept secret, it may be the papers that give Min a place in one of the American agencies so that she can flee Germany.
Why does Brigitte refuse Kleo?
Margot Honecker meets Kleo after retrieving the suitcase and trades the location of her long-lost mother Brigitte, who fled to West Germany as a child, for the suitcase. When Kleo visits her mother, the latter abruptly closes the door of her life in front of her daughter. Brigitte, who has consistently criticized her father Otto and East German communist values, believes that Kleo is nothing more than a by-product of odious East German intentions and principles. East. Brigitte sees Kleo before her as an assassin trained to kill anyone who disagrees with East Germany’s ideology, which included him.
The moment Otto took Kleo under his wing to train her as an assassin, Brigitte must have thought Kleo was dead. Such a person should not come back into his life, in his opinion. Brigitte also has a peaceful life with her son and might not want to invite a former East German spy into her life who murdered people like her as it might put her in danger of losing her life.