On My Block rolled out its final season on Monday, and it includes some heartbreaking endings for a few of our favorite characters. One especially sad moment happens in episode five as Oscar (Julio Macias) prepares to move to Portland. After being heavily involved with the Santos gang throughout the series, Oscar decides to leave Freeridge and start a new life for himself with Isabel (Andrea Cortés). As Oscar attempts to get his brother Cesar (Diego Tinoco) away from the gang violence in the town, he asks Cesar to go with him. Though Cesar initially declines his offer, he eventually agrees to go with him to Portland after a near-death encounter with another gang shakes him up.
As the two get ready to celebrate their move with tequila shots, Oscar goes outside to take a phone call with Isabel. He excitedly tells her that Cesar will be joining them in Portland before a car pulls up to the house and he abruptly ends the phone call. Moments later, Cesar hears gunshots and goes outside to find Oscar bloody on the ground. Cesar questions who shot him, but before Oscar can say anything, he dies in his arms.
Though it’s insinuated that Oscar was killed by someone in one of the Freeridge gangs, the shooter’s identity is never revealed, something actor Julio Macias says was “100 percent” intentional. “On the day [of filming], there were lines that we had crafted and kind of thought about saying this or that. And then Lauren [Iungerich], she ran over and she pitched this idea that I loved and I think everyone agreed: don’t say anything. Just nod,” he told Hollywood Life.
Macias added that Oscar’s final moment with Cesar was his way of helping Cesar leave behind a life of crime once and for all. “If he says it was this person, then we absolutely know he’s going to go after the guy,” he explained. “But if he says nothing, and he just holds that intimate moment with his brother so that it really does resonate with his feelings, and so that Cesar does have to walk around with this idea of: what did he mean? He didn’t give me anything which, in a way, gives me a blank slate.”
While we are completely heartbroken over the way Oscar’s story ends, fans do have more On My Block to look forward to. Netflix has ordered a spinoff of the show titled Freeridge, which will feature an entirely new cast and explore an unseen side of the neighborhood.