Kleo Ending, Explained: What is in the Red Suitcase?
Netflix’s thriller series ‘Kleo’ follows Kleo Straub, an unofficial assassin working for the German Democratic Republic AKA East Germany’s state security service named Stasi, based in Berlin. After fulfilling a high-profile mission, Kleo gets unexpectedly imprisoned upon getting charged with crimes she hasn’t committed. After German reunification, Kleo gets released along with other political prisoners, only for her to find the truth behind her imprisonment and exact vengeance on the officials involved. Created by Hanno Hackfort, Bob Konrad, and Richard Kropf, the German series keeps the viewers hooked to it with an engrossing narrative that concludes with astounding revelations. If you are up for a deep dive into the same, let us be your ally!
Kleo Season 1 Recap
‘Kleo’ begins with Kleo Straub killing an unknown man as part of her mission at a disco bar named Big Eden. After Kleo has left, West Germany official Anne Geike takes a key from 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 an instruction to imprison Kleo with fake charges. Her own grandfather, a high-ranking East German official, Otto Straub testifies against her. Kleo gets parted with her colleague and lover Andi Wolf, the father of her unborn baby. At the prison, she suffers a miscarriage and gets released after three years, in the wake of German reunification.
Kleo meets Otto to find out why she was imprisoned. She fails to gain an answer from him and shoots her grandfather down when he takes an empty gun to scare her. She then meets Andi, who tells her that Wieczorek, who died when she is in prison, was the person behind her imprisonment. She kills the judge who convicted her. Kleo then meets Walter Blum, a party official who has played a role in her imprisonment. She kills him and finds a photograph of Wieczorek alive in Mallorca. The assassin then travels to Mallorca and kills Wieczorek, who informs her that Minister Erich Mielke is behind her imprisonment before he dies.
Meanwhile, a West Germany cop named Sven Petzold, who has witnessed Kleo killing the man at Big Eden, starts to investigate her unofficially. A BND agent named Min Sun offers Sven a job at the agency if he solves Kleo’s Big Eden murder case for her by gaining the assassin’s trust. After killing Erich Mielke, Kleo joins hands with Sven to solve the mystery. Sven leads Kleo to Andi, who confesses to trying to kill her. He reveals the involvement of a double agent and the suitcase the murdered man had with him in her case. Comrade Ramona, who pretends to be Andi’s wife Anja, kills her husband before he could reveal anything more.
Kleo and Sven find out that the double agent involved in the predicament is Anne Geike. The duo encounters her, 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 from that country. They discover a picture of Jorge, an old friend of Kleo’s from Chile, in one of Anne’s photo albums. Sven loses his police position in the meantime for looking into the Big Eden case without permission. His wife Jenny betrays him by having an affair with his workmate Frederick, further separating him from his family.
Does Kleo Find the Red Suitcase in the Kleo Season 1 Finale?
Yes, Kleo does discover the red bag. Kleo learns from Andi that the suitcase belonged to an officer in the East German army who wanted to send West Germany sensitive information. Otto, Kleo’s grandfather, and Margot Honecker asked Anne for assistance in obtaining the suitcase, and Margot then sent it to Chile for Jorge to safeguard with the aid of Comrade Ramona. Sven retrieves a map with a marked location from Ramona’s room. He teams up with Kleo, and the two of them discover the suitcase inside a statue of Jesus, outpacing Ramona, who gave them a chase to get the suitcase.
The suitcase is stuffed with paperwork pertaining 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. Through it, the United States was able to influence European politics and take a stand against socialist East Germany and its ties to other communist countries. Reagan’s opposition to East Germany was the foundation of American relevance in Europe. Reagan wanted East Germany to be powerful enough to oppose and fight it in order to maintain its relevance and influence in European politics.
However, East Germany at the time was a crucial adversary for the United States despite its financial struggles. Reagan supported the county in order for it to continue to serve as a “bogeyman” among European countries in order to justify US intervention. The army official Kleo kills wanted West Germany to receive the documents so they could show how the capitalist and socialist countries collaborated. Reagan provided the money without even informing Congress, so Kleo’s grandfather Otto and Honecker’s wife Margot had to keep the suitcase a secret.
Despite the fact that Kleo killed the army official, she made matters more complicated, giving the adversaries a chance to locate the suitcase. Kleo is being condemned to death by East German officials for an error she wasn’t even aware she had made. Otto succeeds in changing the death penalty to life in prison, preventing the death of his granddaughter.
What Motivates Min Sun to Deliver the Suitcase to America?
The West German agent Min Sun takes possession of the suitcase with the aid of Sven after Kleo and Sven successfully locate it. She gives the suitcase to the US in exchange for an unidentified pack rather than submitting it to her agency, Federal Intelligence Service. Min no longer gives a damn about Germany, in her opinion. She has never received any respect from the nation or its intelligence service for the work she does or the potential she presents. Even worse, Anne gives Min the case in the mistaken belief that Min won’t be able to solve it.
The fact that Min’s boss Anne is involved in the same situation makes her realize that the leaders of the two nations only have their own interests in mind. After risking her life, Min doesn’t want to assist such a nation or its leaders. She starts to move in the same direction as her officials, who put their own interests first by giving the suitcase to the US, who stands to gain the most from doing so. By concealing the fact that Reagan supported a socialist-communist country, America hopes to save face. The US will lose its allies in Europe if the documents pertaining to the Reagan-Honecker pact become public knowledge.
As a result, Min and the United States come to an agreement where Min gets what she wants in exchange. Despite the fact that the latter is kept a secret, it may be the papers that give Min a place in one of the US agencies so she can flee Germany.
Why does Brigitte turn Kleo down?
Margot Honecker meets Kleo after getting the suitcase and trades the location of her long-lost mother Brigitte, who fled to West Germany when she was a child, for the suitcase. When Kleo visits her mother, the latter abruptly closes the door to her life in front of her daughter. Brigitte, who has consistently criticized her father Otto and East Germany’s communist values, believes that Kleo is nothing more than a byproduct of East Germany’s heinous intentions and principles. Brigitte sees Kleo in front of her as an assassin trained to kill anyone who disagrees with the ideology of East Germany, which included her.
The moment Otto took Kleo under his wing to train her as an assassin, Brigitte must have thought of Kleo as dead. Such a person shouldn’t come back into her life, in her 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 has murdered people similar to her because it could put her in danger of losing her life.