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Capadocia: Un Lugar Sin Perdón (Capadocia: An Unforgiving Place) is a Mexican drama produced and aired by HBO Latin America. It lasted three series, from March 2008 to December 2012.

Capadocia is a privately-owned prison for women in Mexico City, owned by a corrupt business conglomerate called ECSO. It was created after a riot in a woman's prison and promoted as an experimental rehabilitation-oriented prison for the least dangerous inmates. Most of the episodes have a new character enter the prison, as well as telling their stories and those of the inmates.

Teresa Lagos, the prison governor, and Federico Marcos, ECSO's employee and representative in the prison, have constant disagreements regarding the inmates' rights and treatment. Unknown to most except Federico and a few inmates and wardens, ECSO uses the prison as a front for drug trafficking through Cautiva, a rehabilitation program where inmates sew lingerie. The secondary storyline covers Lorena Guerra, an upper-middle class stay-at-home mother who accidentally kills her best friend, after catching her having sex with her husband. She is imprisoned and transferred to Capadocia.


This show provides examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Some of the inmates, but the best example would be Lorena killing La Bambi.
  • Big Bad: ECSO.
  • Bigger Bad: The people behind ECSO are La Cofradía (The Brotherhood), introduced in the third series.
  • Bookends: The first episode begins with a prison riot led by La Bambi. In the show's finale, Lorena and Teresa start a prison riot.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Andrea to Teresa
  • Divorce Is Temporary: Santiago and Teresa get back together. However, it's never clear if they remarried, or if they ever got divorced.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Patrick to Lorena, in the second series finale.
  • Evil, Inc.: ECSO.
  • Faking the Dead: In the final episode of the second series, Lorena and Teresa fake their deaths to escape Capadocia. In the show's finale, Teresa's daughter Ruth was revealed to have survived the bomb blast that killed her father.
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  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted.
  • How We Got Here
    • In the first series, the first episode's opening scenes are the aftermath of a prison riot and the search for the inmate who started it.
    • In the second series, a bride is seen running through a field, escaping from police helicopters. She's Monserrat, wife of a powerful drug lord. Later in the episode it's revealed she was escaping a massacre started by Federal Police raid during the wedding reception.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Most of the show's episodes are quotes from the Bible.
  • Love Triangle: A rather squicky one in the first series: Teresa has an affair with one of her students, Daniel. He loves her, she doesn't. To get back at her, he starts dating her daughter. She falls for him hard, he doesn't.
  • Mad Doctor: Hirám Alós.
  • Madness Mantra: During the third series:"Lo que te duele, mátalo" ("Kill what hurts you").
  • Mafia Princess: Played with. Monserrat knows her fiancé is a very powerful drug lord, and some of her family members even work for him, but she doesn't take part in it.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: La Saiko. Her name is the phonetic spelling of the word "psycho". She ends up biting off a piece of another inmate's ear.
  • Odd Friendship: Cell-mates Andrea and Monserrat. The first is the daughter of the prison governor, the latter a drug lord's wife.
  • Offing the Offspring: Magos' backstory. Her husband beat her and molested their children. To spare them, she poisoned their dinner.
  • The Other Darrin: Andrea Marín is played by a different actress in the second series.
  • Prison Rape: it's an HBO drama set in a woman's prison. Enough said.
  • Prison Riot: In the beginning of the first episode and most of the show's finale.
  • Sleazy Politician: If a politician is part of ECSO or connected to them in any way, assume they fit the trope.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: La Colombiana.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Teresa and Daniel. But she's just not that into him.
  • Yandere: La Bambi, towards La Colombiana.

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