From its first steps, Alleged guilty He made a whole declaration of intentions by wearing the landscape that he gives to his visitors San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the same place on the Biscayan coast that became Dragonstone in the seventh season of Game of Thrones. The streets of Bilbao, Mundaka and Bermeo, the lighthouse of Matxitxako, the beaches of Laga and Laida in Ibarranguelu, the cemetery of Gautegiz-Arteaga or the Ría de Gernika – all points of Bizkaia – give to the series of Antena 3 (Tuesdays , 22.40) a different atmosphere. The soul of those places is transferred to their characters and even to the rhythm of this thriller, that in its 13 chapters it is unraveling what happened with Anne (the actress Alejandra Onieva) and if her boyfriend, Jon (Miguel Ángel Muñoz), is responsible for his disappearance.
"In this series, all plot decisions and characters have to do with location," explains EL PAÍS Javier Holgado, scriptwriter of the series with Carlos Vila and Susana López Rubio. "Jon Aristegui is a researcher and biologist because the building where the labs are in the series is a real laboratory, Javier, his brother, has a surf school because Mundaka is world famous for the wave that breaks on the left. .. ", says Holgado. "Even the coldness that can distill the series is a little the coldness that is in the north," adds the scriptwriter.
The series also does not obviate the recent past of the Basque Country and one of the plots will have to do with the terrorist band ETA through one of the suspects of the disappearance of Anne. Although the Spanish series have barely addressed this issue, the creator says that from the chain they were given the freedom to do so without restrictions. "It is not the central issue as it may occur in Homeland [la novela de Fernando Aramburu que se transformará en serie en HBO España], here it is about the central mystery, "says Holgado.
The identity of the characters is affected by the places where the story takes place. Holgado highlights the importance of matriarchal family structures. "You can not understand these characters in another place, they are very from here, with that culture, but what they tell and their emotions are understood anywhere," said Elvira Mínguez at the presentation of the fiction at FesTVal in Vitoria. of September. Mínguez plays Amaia, matriarch of the Otxoa (and mother of Anne, the missing girl), confronted by Begoña, matriarch of the Aristegui and brought to life by Susi Sánchez. Two women willing to do anything to defend their children.
To create the universe of this story, Holgado was inspired by films and previous series. In addition to Norway Absolved, which the writer started when he was already writing Alleged guilty, took as a reference films like Lost (David Fincher, 2014) or Rebeca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942), stories that also have missing women in their center. But his great reference has been Allegedly innocent, to which they honor even with the title. The 1990 film directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Harrison Ford served as inspiration when addressing the main character. "In the year 90 it was a shock that Harrison Ford, who had always been a hero of adventure films and comedy, was in a thriller so dark and it is not known if he has committed a horrible crime or not. Miguel Ángel Muñoz people know him for films and series a little lighter and here we give a much darker turn ", concludes Holgado.
In the narration of Presumed guilty they interspersed flashbacks that show the past of the characters and their relationship with Anne to gradually complete the puzzle. "We even made a document of ways to introduce flashbacks that have been used in the international scene. At the end of the series they are introduced in a very organic way, "said Sonia Martinez, director of Fiction at Atresmedia, Javier Holgado focused on how the American series The Affair uses this narrative resource. "You almost got into the flashback without realizing that you're getting involved. "In the American drama, the same story is told by different characters from their own point of view, with very different versions of the same story. Alleged guilty, the memories that are shown to the spectator are passed through the sieve of the relationship of each character with the disappeared person.