It is unclear why Michel Gomes left his beloved role as Fernado on Netflix’s 3%, as his death happened behind the scenes at the beginning of season three.
One of the most popular drama series to have come out of Brazil in recent years is the dystopian future drama series on Netflix titled 3%. The paid-subscription video on-demand platform describes the show as, “A post-apocalyptic thriller set in near-future Brazil, where a select few are allowed to join a privileged society after undergoing an intense and competitive process.” The place for the privilege being called the Offshore, while the rest of the inhabitants live in the Inland.
Fernando Carvalho was played by actor, Michel Gomes, and was one of the beloved characters in the first two seasons of the show. His off-screen exit during the beginning of the third season came as a surprise to many fans of the show. Fernando, as a character was a candidate of the one hundred and fourth Process. Moreover, he is most recognisable as the only lead character who happens to be in a wheelchair.
He was loved, as his character played out how idealism changes when the realities of the life he was living set. Initially, Fernando had innocently dedicated his life to the one hundred and fourth Process. However, after going through the Process, the experience disillusioned him which after coming to terms with the realities thereof, is fundamentally changed for life. This all happens in the first two seasons, with the end of season two leaving an open-ended conclusion with Fernando in the centre of it all.
Hence the surprise of Fernando’s off-screen death during season three’s opener, with no word on the reason for Gomes’ departure. His death was as a result of his attempt to canvass for people to join the Shell, which was the aspirational word which would be in-between the Inland and Offshore. Members of the Inlead beat him to death during his canvassing, over the fear of the unknown.