As a testament to the show’s success, Narcos has already been renewed for Season 3 and 4 after two successful installments to the series.
It comes as no surprise that Pablo Escobar dies since the famous Colombian drug lord met his end in 1993. The showrunner discusses Pablo Escobar’s wife Maria Victoria Henao and the depiction of his death.
Pablo Escobar’s wife plays a prominent role in Season 2. Beautiful Mexican actress Paulina Gaitán plays Tata Escobar, based on Pablo’s wife.
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the showrunner Eric Newman admits that he does not know much about Pablo Escobar’s wife. He praised the actress’ performance and spoke about the creative process.
“We don’t know much about Victoria Escobar, but we like to imagine that as the walls were closing in on her, her duties as a mother began to overtake her duties as a wife. Did she actually question what he was doing? She definitely tried to get out of the country. But did she consider trying to get him to surrender? Probably not, but that felt like the kind of thing that we could do in the context of our story without straining authenticity.”
Escobar married Maria Henao at the age of 26 while she was 15 years old. She remained married to the drug lord until his death and has led a quiet life away from the public eye.
As portrayed in Narcos, the Escobar family tried to seek asylum in Germany with the threat of Los Pepes looming.
Pablo Escobar’s wife changed her name after his death and moved to Argentina where she tries to lead a publicity-free life. However, in 1999 she was arrested for money laundering, according to the BBC.
It is unclear how much wealth Pablo Escobar managed to leave for his family, but considering his cash assets, it is unlikely that he left nothing for his family despite his dire situation leading up to his death in Medellin.
The showrunner revealed that the cast for Season 3 will involve new and old members returning. The end of Season 2 alluded to the Cali Cartel becoming the focus of the show and the showrunner confirmed during his interview.
“Yes. Just looking at the history of cocaine in Colombia, the natural conclusion that you would draw happened in reality: the Cali cartel aided in the dismantling of the Medellin cartel and benefited by going from being No. 2 to No. 1. They were then taken apart over a period of two years and another cartel rose up in their place. So there’s a revolving-door aspect to narco kingpins and we’ll certainly exploit that.”
It is revealed that the creators of the show were looking past Pablo Escobar from the beginning.
Despite their influence and power, the Cali Cartel is not as well known as Pablo Escobar. Due to the series’ factual accuracy, the next season will be interesting and reveal details about the organization not well known to the public.
With the never ending war on drugs, Narcos could potentially be a long-running series leading all the way up to El Chapo Guzman, who is today’s most prominent drug lord billionaire.
While no one knows for certain how Pablo Escobar died, Narcos went with the more realistic theories, which suggest that the Colombian drug lord was executed after being shot twice on the roof top.
So you can expect more brothers Gilberto and Miguel Orejuela (the Cali Cartel brothers) and Pacho Herrera.
There is a fourth head honcho in the Cali Cartel who will be introduced next season.
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