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I've got the feeling anything I say will be used against me. So I'll remain silent.
— Samuel, in "Bienvenidos"

Samuel García Domínguez, commonly referred to as Samu, is a main character on the Netflix series Elite. Samuel is a scholarship student at Las Encinas. Prior to attending Las Encinas, Samuel was a student at San Esteban before it collapsed. He is portrayed by Itzan Escamilla.

Biography[]

Background[]

After his brother Nano is incarcerated, Samuel takes on a part-time job as a waiter to help support himself and his mother. Prior to the pilot, it is clear that Samuel is considered to be somewhat of an innocent person by his friends and his brother.

Throughout the Series[]

Season 1[]

Relationship with Marina[]

Following the collapse of his school, San Esteban, Samuel is injured and receives a scholarship — funded by Ventura Nunier, Marina's father — to attend the elite private school, Las Encinas. He is discriminated against due to his low-income background and those from wealthy families look down on him, particularly Guzmán.[1]

Despite Guzmán's disapproval, Samuel grows closer with his sister, Marina, and the two begin spending more and more time together; this is magnified when the two pair up for Martín's social media project.[2]Tensions arise during the social media project, however, when Samuel finds out that Ventura and TeoCarla's father — used cheap materials during the renovation of San Esteban, therefore insinuating that they were aware of the possibility of collapse. Furthermore, Marina is aware of documents and evidence that would incriminate her father.

Nano's Behavior[]

Samuel's relationship with Marina is tested when it is revealed that his brother owes a gang upwards of $60,000 for protection they provided while he was incarcerated. Nano learns of the incriminating evidence and asks Samuel to help in retrieving them in a bid to blackmail Marina's father for the money. Despite knowing it is morally incorrect, Samuel agrees to help Nano, and unsuccessfully attempts to obtain the documents.[2]

Samuel eventually tells Nano that he can no longer help him. The relationship between them becomes strained when Samuel finds out that someone else slept with Marina and got her pregnant. While Samuel doesn't initially suspect that it was his own brother, Nano becomes wary and anxious that Samuel could find out at any moment.

Eventually, Samuel finds out that it was Nano that slept with Marina and the two fight. He witnesses Nano running away from Marina's dead body the night she is murdered and tells the authorities that he believes Nano to be the killer.[9]

Season 2[]

Samuel is the main focus of Season 2, as he desperately tries to figure out who murdered Marina to try and exonerate his brother, Nano, who is stuck in prison. Samuel befriends the new girl, Rebeca, who helps him get work doing illegal deliveries for her mother. He does this so he can make the bail money to get his brother out faster. Rebeca helps Samuel investigate Marina's murder.

Also throughout the season, we find out that Samuel has gone missing. Season 2 consists of flashbacks leading up to the point that Samuel goes missing. It's unclear if he was murdered or is just hiding. The Inspectora interviews everyone at Las Encinas to try and figure out what happened to Samuel.

In the flashbacks, Samuel starts to get chummy with Carla, after seeing what happened to Christian and understanding that Carla is somehow central to the mystery surrounding who murdered Marina. They start a secret relationship and have sex and keep each other company. Samuel tries to steal Carla's phone to get information from it. He does hear a voicemail from Polo saying that he confessed to Ander what he did.

Samuel eventually connects the dots, after seeing photos on Instagram from the night that Marina was murdered, realizing that Polo likely is the murderer. Samuel and Rebeca realized that Polo changed his shirt during the night of the murder. He changed into Christian's shirt. Samuel realizes that Christian was protecting Polo and this is why Carla and Polo had to silence him.

Season 3[]

Once again Samuel takes on a leading role in season 3 as he desperately tries to get his brother exonerated and to punish Polo for committing and concealing the murder of Marina. This is the first season in which Samuel and Guzmán have stood alongside each other as friends and allies, although they continue to frequently disagree over how best to carry out their revenge plan.

At the beginning of the season Samuel is convinced that his brother will be exonerated following the statements made by Carla that Polo was guilty of the murder of Marina. However, Polo still refuses to admit to his guilt and has concealed the murder weapon. Samuel and Pilar receive a post card and speak on the phone with Nano, who speaks to them about how well he is doing in his new life and how happy he is. Pilar reassures Nano that he will be found innocent but Samuel appears to no longer be sure, especially as it appears as though Carla will not testify in the open court confrontation with Polo, as she risks losing everything if she does. Nano begs both Samuel and Pilar to join him and they agree. Samuel intends to drop out of school and leave with his mother but eventually decides against the idea. He is desperate to bring Polo to justice, feeling that he must suffer for what he has done. Rebeca suggests that Samuel take Valerio in as a roommate, as he is now going to be living alone.

Although Carla has admitted being an accessory to murder, Samuel’s strong feelings for her are evident. He begs her to be brave and to tell the truth in the confrontation with Polo. He tells her that he knows she is afraid and scared of losing everything but that she will always have him. Carla responds by slapping him and insinuating that he only loves her while he is manipulating her. Samuel is angry and disappointed when Carla backs out at the last moment while confessing she knows Polo killed Marina and says she made the whole thing up out of anger towards her ex-boyfriend and bitterness towards her father. But Samuel does not give up on her. He arrives at her house and begs her to return to school, telling her that he truly cares for her and that he wants to be with her. However Carla remains distrustful and aloof.

Guzmán and Samuel beginning plotting revenge against Polo. He is ostracized at school and Guzmán assaults him in the hallway. On one occasion Guzmán lulls Polo into a false sense of security. He leads Samuel and his other classmates to believe that he no longer believes Polo to be the murderer and he invites Polo over to his house to play video games. In reality his beliefs have not changed and he drugs Polo and before tying him to a chair, calls Samuel for backup. It is clear that Samuel is uncomfortable with this but he wants Polo to confess almost as badly as Guzmán does so he goes along with it.

When Polo awakens, Samuel and Guzmán interrogate him until he admits to them that he murdered Marina. He cries and exclaims that it was an accident but expresses fear for his own life. In a rage Guzmán starts choking him but Samuel stops him before things get too far, releasing Polo and ordering him to leave. Samuel and Guzmán make a fake twitter account under Polo's name and write tweets admitting to the murder. When Ander reveals that Polo tried to kill himself following Marina's murder, Guzmán and Samuel plan to use that against him too but they eventually decide against it. However that information is later publicized by Cayetana.

Rebeca eventaully admits the truth about her feelings to Samuel and they kiss and have sex. However, she remains distrustful and insecure in their relationship as it is obvious that Samuel still has underlying feelings for Carla.

Samuel is asked by the police to plant a microphone in Rebeca's house in order to reveal her mother's drug business. Samuel is reluctant to do this at first even though it would ensure his brother's freedom. This situation helps him to better understand Carla's decision to remain silent about the murder in court. He tells her this but she remains hostile and cold towards him. Samuel eventually decides to go through with this plan out of loyalty to his brother and he plants a device in Rebeca's house. As a result of this Rebeca's mother is arrested and Rebeca is left alone, with little money. She goes to Samuel's house and reveals how vulnerable she is feeling, telling him that he is all she has right now. Samuel begins to feel guilty and at one point it appears as though he is about to tell Rebeca that he is the snitch that got her mom arrested, but she kisses him before he can be honest with her.

When Rebeca finds her mother's stash of drugs, Samuel is against the idea of her selling it as he doesn't want her to end up like her mother, but she promises she will stop once it is all sold and that after that they will lead normal and boring lives. Rebeca begins to suspect that Samuel is the person who bugged her house and decides to test him. She tricks him into believing that she has contacted her mother's security company to access CCTV footage in the house. She meets with the supposed security guard who supplies her with the footage, she then orders Samuel to guard her bag while they are at the Black Party. Unknown to Samuel her bag has been covered in UV paint, so when he gets rid of the bag, the paint it gets all over his hands. When all the lights go out at the black party, his hands light up, proving that he betrayed her. Rebeca is hurt and ends their relationship.

Samuel's feelings for Carla remain strong and he cannot take his eyes off of her in the club. He becomes worried about her when he discovers that she has turned to drugs as a form of escapism. He watches her and eventually confronts her, begging her to see sense. Carla does not listen. He then confronts Valerio and tells him to stop selling her drugs, he then kicks Valerio out of his house. Samuel exposes Valerio to Polo and blames Polo for everything that has transpired over the past year. He argues with Guzmán and tells him that now that they have stopped tormenting Polo, they no longer have any reason to associate with each other. Guzmán does not accept this and shows up later at Samuel's home, begging him to celebrate the end of the school year.

Samuel with his friends the night of Polo's death

Samuel is later expelled from Las Encinas a day before graduation on account of bullying Polo. He attends the graduation party anyway, and is privy to the events leading up to Polo's death. He partakes in covering up the death as a suicide. Later, he is sad when Carla leaves to continue her education, but enrols at Las Encinas again — along with Rebeca, Omar, Ander, and Guzmán — to finish his final year.[10]

Elite Short Stories: Carla Samuel[]

To Be Added

Season 4[]

At the beginning of the school year in Season 4, there is a new principal. He wants to see if Samuel and Omar are worthy of staying at Las Encinas on their scholarships and asks them to take a placement exam. Samuel is frustrated that he has to prove he's worthy of staying but he takes the test and passes, so he gets to stay.

He seems interested in the new girl, Ari. Samuel throws a "Towel Party" and Ari gets drunk and sleeps with Samuel, but she seems ashamed in the morning and pushes him away. After Ari starts dating Guzmán, it's clear she still has feelings for Samuel and they sleep together again.

At the end of the season, Samuel seems to get blamed for Ari getting pushed in the pool but eventually his name is cleared.

Physical Appearance[]

Samuel is a handsome man with dark, brown/black hair and strong facial features. He is attractive to those around him, especially Carla, Marina and Rebeca.

Personality[]

Samuel is charismatic and befriends those around him easily. He is caring and compassionate, however also shy, introverted and cold to those who wrong him. In seasons two and three, it seems like he has an accusatory glance. He also becomes more manipulative and scheming after hanging out with Carla. While affectionate to those closest to him, he was quick to lash out towards Nano when he discovered Nano had slept with Marina. Samuel's involvement in bullying Polo — despite having valid reason — shows his harsher, darker side. He was not afraid to sell out then girlfriend Rebeca in a bid to clear his brother's name.

Relationships[]

Marina[]

Samuel befriended Marina when he first transferred to Las Encinas. The two quickly became friends and shortly after, a relationship began between the two — Samuel did not seem bothered when it was revealed that Marina was HIV+. After Samuel found out that Marina was pregnant, he quickly turns on her and agrees to help Nano retrieve incriminating files on her father. The two stop dating as Marina plans to run away with Nano.

Samuel is upset when Marina is killed and, believing Nano to be the killer, tells the Police about his suspicions.

(See more: Samuel and Marina)

Carla[]

Samuel and Carla begin a relationship shortly after Polo is released by the authorities. The two keep things casual, but eventually begin an official relationship. Samuel is upset when Carla begins seeing Yeray, but is most concerned when he finds out that Carla is abusing drugs. When he realises that Valerio sold her the drugs, he attacks Valerio and damages school property.

(See more: Carla and Samuel)

Rebeca[]

Rebeca eventually admits the truth about her feelings to Samuel and they kiss. However, she remains distrustful and insecure in their relationship as it is obvious that Samuel still has underlying feelings for Carla. When Rebeca finds her mother's stash of drugs, Samuel is against the idea of her selling it as he doesn't want her to end up like her mother, but she promises she will stop once it is all sold and that after that they will lead normal and boring lives. Rebeca begins to suspect that Samuel is the person who bugged her house and decides to test him. She tricks him into believing that she has contacted her mother's security company to access CCTV footage in the house. She meets with the supposed security guard who supplies her with the footage, she then orders Samuel to guard her bag while they are at the Black Party. Unknown to Samuel her bag has been covered in UV paint, so when he gets rid of the bag, the paint gets all over his hands. When all the lights go out at the black party, his hands light up, proving that he betrayed her. Rebeca is hurt and ends their relationship.

Guzmán[]

Guzmán and Samuel start off with a rocky relationship. At the beginning of Season 1, Guzmán had an immediate disdain for Samuel, as he thought that all scholarship students would be like Pablo, the student who infected Marina with HIV. He often referred to Samuel as Waiter (or el camarero in Spanish) and told him to go back to his town. After Marina Nunier Osuna's Death, Guzmán's disdain for Samuel grew as he believed that Nano killed Marina and that she would not have been murdered if not for Samuel attending Las Encinas.

In Season 2, Samuel realises that Polo was Marina's killer and passes this information to Guzmán. At first, Guzmán dismisses this information believing that Samuel is simply trying to help Nano. However, after noticing the Ander and Polo's strange behaviour, he realises that Samuel's theory appears to make sense. Later, after a party, Samuel and Guzmán agree to meet up at Guzmán's grandparents house, where Samuel ends up hiding. Guzmán helps Samuel stay hidden and leaves "evidence" of his death. This disappearance ultimately forces Carla to reveal Polo's involvement in Marina's murder. After this, Guzmán and Samuel start to develop a friendship.

Trivia[]

  • His ability to beatbox was shown during Samuel's party.[3]
  • Samuel was responsible for Rebeca's mother going to jail.
  • He has no part in Polo's death, only covering it up.
  • Samuel was willing to betray Marina and retrieve documents incriminating her father; he seems to value family above all.
  • He has a second aunt from Murcia.[1]
  • As of now, he and Omar are the last remaining original characters.

Appearances[]

Season 1[]

Season 2[]

Season 3[]

Season 4[]

Elite Short Stories: Carla Samuel[]

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