Wed 4 January 2023 16:31, UK

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Kaleidoscope*

While it could be argued that many recent arrivals on Netflix have become somewhat formulaic to please as many viewers as possible, that is something that cannot be said of the streaming service’s latest series, Kaleidoscope.

The unique anthology is centered around a daring heist with the episodes presented in a non-linear fashion, meaning viewers may end up watching the series in a completely different order to others.

There is plenty to dissect throughout Kaleidoscope’s eight episodes but one of the most crucial moments takes place in the final scene of the Pink episode as we see Giancarlo Esposito’s Leo Pap getting shot and seemingly killed by a mystery gunman.  

Kaleidoscope release date and premise

Kaleidoscope sliced its way onto Netflix on January 1, 2023.

Set over the course of 25 years – ranging from 24 years before the heist to six months after, the show tells the story of master thief Leo Pap who assembles a crew to attempt a daring operation that will net them a mind-boggling $7 billion.

Loosely based on real events, the heist crew is tasked with breaking into one of the most secure vaults in the world during the middle of a fierce storm.

As the episodes unfold, more is revealed about Leo, the various members of his heist crew, and the complex motivations behind the ultimate caper.

Kaleidoscope © Netflix

Who is Leo Pap in Kaleidoscope?

Played by Giancarlo Esposito, Leo Pap is a career criminal and the mastermind behind the heist at the center of Kaleidoscope.

However, Leo’s life is full of secrets, including his name, as his original identity is actually Ray Vernon.

In the Violet episode, which takes place 24 years before the heist, we learn that Ray used to be partners with Rufus Sewell’s Roger Salas, formerly known as Graham Davies.

In what was supposed to be their final heist together, Ray and Graham decided to rob the country club where Ray’s wife, Lily, worked.

However, during the operation, Graham set fire to the building in order to cover their tracks but the pair didn’t realize that Lily had been called into work and was caught up in the blaze and died as a result.

Ray was arrested and sent to prison for his part in the heist while Graham managed to make it to freedom, later changing his name to Roger Salas and starting the security firm, SLS.

Left hellbent on revenge and with his health declining after developing Parkinson’s disease, Ray managed to escape from prison and with the help of his fence, Ava, changed his name to Leo Pap and set about planning the intricate heist to get back at Salas.

While the $7 billion worth of bonds appeared to be the main target of the heist, Leo’s plan was actually focused on framing Roger Salas in order to get revenge for his part to play in the country club caper which resulted in the death of his wife, Lily.

Kaleidoscope © Netflix

Who killed Leo (aka Ray) in Kaleidoscope?

Roger Salas’s son, Brad, was the mysterious shooter who killed Leo Pap in the Pink episode’s final scene.

After paying Salas a visit in prison towards the end of the episode, we see Leo walking through an underpass when he is followed by a shady figure wearing a brightly-colored t-shirt, emblazoned with a series of cartoon animals.  

We don’t see the gunman’s face in the Pink episode but his identity is confirmed to be Brad in the White episode finale as we see Salas’s son wearing the same colorful t-shirt.

Like Leo, Brad was also motivated by revenge as he wanted to kill the man responsible for sending his father to jail.

Kaleidoscope © Netflix

Kaleidoscope is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on January 1, 2023.

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