Manuel Arroyo In ‘The Patients Of Dr. Garcia,’ Explained: What Happens To Him In The End?

The espionage thriller The Patients of Dr. Garcia, centers on two Republicans named Guillermo Garcia Medina and Manuel Arroyo. Republican ambassador Manuel Arroyo returned to Madrid from London during the Spanish Civil War and joined the Department of Public Order. He began spying on the military intelligence, but when one of the operatives, Romero, learned of it, he sent his men to assassinate Manuel. Even though the assassination attempt on Manuel was unsuccessful, the bullets nonetheless left Manuel with fatal wounds. According to the Commissioner of Public Order, by all means necessary, Manuel must live. Dr. Guillermo Garcia Medina, one of the most competent and idealistic doctors, performed an emergency operation on Manuel and ultimately saved his life. Despite the fact that Manuel survived, he was listed as deceased on the records by the commissioner so that Romero would not plan a second attack on him. Guillermo volunteered to conceal Manuel in his home so that he might remain undetected. Manuel was grateful to Guillermo after he recovered from his wounds.


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Chess Brought Them Together, And This Strengthened Their Friendship 

Manuel lacked a family and an identity that he could claim as his own. He just fled from place to place throughout his life while assuming the identities of many individuals. His sense of self had become lost somewhere in the interim. Like the rest of us, he yearned for a family, children, and someone to love. A Texan lady named Meg Williams, who was employed by the US embassy in Madrid, contacted Manuel and offered him assistance in creating a resistance against the Nazis. The two of them inspired a lot of people by demonstrating how the Nazis were destroying Spain and orchestrating many attacks on the country. Meg and Manuel grew close to one another while they were coworkers, but their romance was short-lived. 


Following the civil war, when Franco finally gained control of Spain, Manuel returned to Madrid from exile and gave Guillermo a new identity—Rafael Cuesta—so he could start over in Madrid. He also used Adrian Gallardo’s identity, who was a fugitive and a war criminal who had murdered prisoner Jews at the SS’s direction. Assuming Adrian’s identity, Manuel went to Clara Stauffer, the Nazi and Falangist ratline operator who was in charge of the covert network to convey the war criminals and fugitives to Argentina. Manuel moved to Argentina by tricking Clara, but while doing so, he caught her attention and received a romantic proposal from her. As Manuel refused Clara, she couldn’t take it politely and began digging deeper into his profile. Clara learned through a brochure bearing Adrian’s real photo that Manuel had been deceiving her all the while. Clara attempted to take serious action against Manuel after learning the truth about him, but the US embassy consul stopped her. As a result of his intervention, Manuel was eventually saved from execution.

Manuel’s life was saved on this voyage, but he stopped living the way he had before. He severed links with Meg and finally pursued his own long-buried aspirations. A woman named Simona captured his heart, and he yearned to marry her. Manuel was an idealist who never desired Spain to succumb to a dictatorship. Both Guillermo and Adrian desired the establishment of democracy in Spain and the freedom of speech for all citizens. But Manuel realized that hope had been dashed after Franco’s victory. Until his death in 1975, Franco’s tyranny was effectively maintained. But it didn’t prevent anarchy from taking hold. A military dictatorship was created in Argentina right after Franco’s death, and it immediately began to cleanse the nation of all subversives. So, with the help of Meg and Guillermo, Manuel renewed his previous passport as Peter Louzan and brought his family back to Madrid. His best friend, Guillermo, warmly greeted him upon his arrival in Spain together with his family, and the two of them shared an embrace in the land of Spain, which finally got its freedom from dictatorship.


Since the start of the civil war, Guillermo and Manuel had both been waiting for freedom. They had seen firsthand how the Republicans had been defeated. Although they knew it was likely that Spain would never experience the freedom they were fighting for under Franco’s dictatorship, they remained optimistic that a change would eventually take place. Even if it took decades for the change to materialize, it did. And on the territory of Spain, where Guillermo and Manuel began their perilous journey, they were reunited, but this time without fear of battle or death. Guillermo and Manuel symbolized those who had spent their formative years living in nightmares so that the following generation might spend their lives without worry. Though both characters were fictional, they represented those on the front lines and covert operatives who dedicated their lives to their country during the war. 

The focus of The Patients of Dr. Garcia has entirely been on Guillermo and Manuel and the choices they took throughout the time of war; nevertheless, the emotional aspects of these individuals were not well conveyed, making it difficult for the audience to empathize with them. On the contrary, the friendship between Guillermo and Manuel is beautifully portrayed throughout the development of the narrative. However, the characters and their interpersonal conflicts are what draws us to a story and keep us intrigued, but when we are repeatedly subjected to uninteresting historical data, the tone of the series becomes stale. With The Patients of Dr. Garcia, the same thing happened. Ten one-hour-long episodes would have given us enough of an opportunity to concentrate on the character development, but instead, all we saw were superfluous scenes that occasionally gave the impression that the series as a whole had failed to accomplish its goal.


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Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda hails from a medical background, yet her journey is to cross the boundaries of medicine and survive in the cinematic world. The surrealistic beauty of cinema and art has attracted her from a very young age. She loves to write poems, songs, and stories, but her dream is to write films someday. She has also worked as a painter, but nothing attracts her more than cinema. Through her writings, she wants to explore the world of cinema more and more and take her readers on the same ride.

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