‘Narcos’ Season 3: What To Expect After Pablo Escobar And The Cali Cartel

Narcos Season 1 went through about 15 years of Pablo Escobar’s life. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the famous drug lord met his end at the finale of Season 2.

Although many fans thought the show would end with Pablo Escobar, the series will be back with a Season 3, and the end of Season 2 suggest that it will be about the Cali Cartel with three of the four head honchos of the organization already being featured in the Pablo Escobar timeline.

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The Cali Cartel, which consists of Gilberto and Miguel Orejuela and Pacho Herrera. The fourth head member will be introduced in Season 3.

The Cali Cartel helped Judy Moncada bring Pablo Escobar to his end with Search Bloc and Los Pepes tearing through the streets of Medellin to capture or kill Escobar.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke with the Narcos showrunner who revealed that the Cali Cartel’s methods are very different from Pablo Escobar.

“Unlike Escobar, who had positioned himself as an outlaw, Cali was very much a part of the system,” Eric Newman said about the new but different kind of villain. “While Escobar was a single-cell organism, they were a complex, multicelled organism.”

“Chepe” is the third member of the Cali Cartel who is expected to join the cast next season.

The showrunner also confirms that there will be several new cast members and lots of different storylines being told simultaneously as the drug enforcement agents battle the Cali Cartel.

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Narcos Season 3 may not match the violence of Pablo Escobar. The showrunner reveals that the Cali Cartel achieved what Pablo wanted. They have political influence and the showrunner described them as “more pervasive and more insidious.” Newman went on to tell the Hollywood Reporter the following.

“They bought the presidency of Colombia in 1994. They were insiders, and it’s very much a response to the level of violence that the hunt for Escobar brought to Colombia. We’re inheriting an administration in government and populous in Colombia that were tired of the violence and that changed the way they were going to wage the war, so it’s a more complicated environment in ways. It’s difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys.”

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The Cali Cartel didn’t last long after Escobar’s death. Their drug-smuggling operation was brought down in two years and Narcos Season 3 will cover and conclude their arc in the drug business.

The showrunner reveals that the Cali Cartel were influential with drug smuggling in Mexico and that is where Narcos is likely to head after concluding the Cali arc.

“Cali was the cartel that really utilized the smuggling routes through Mexico and the Mexican heroin smugglers who were already incredibly successful,” said Newman. “They very much got the Mexicans into the cocaine business, so there is sort of a natural evolution there. As to whether or not I would move directly into Mexico, it’s certainly a possibility.”

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With one drug kingpin taking over the other since the inception of the war on drugs, it is unlikely that the showrunners are going to run out of potential storylines anytime soon.

Narcos gives a historically accurate plot, which allows fans to read about the characters in the show before watching it.

However, the showrunners will also uncover details about the drug gangs that are not easily accessible.

With Narcos potentially heading to Mexico in Season 4, the series will likely maintain its Spanish language, which almost didn’t happen.

Wagner Moura who plays Pablo Escobar revealed that he had to go to college to learn Spanish because he was initially told the show will be in English.

Are you looking forward to Season 3 without Pablo Escobar?

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