Narcos has been renewed for a third and fourth season. The series was always going to continue after Pablo Escobar, and the new Season 3 villain has already introduced.
We saw the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar in two seasons of Narcos. The third season will focus on the Cali Cartel. Javier Pena was last seen being asked about the Cali Cartel and its members in one of the final moments of the second season.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Narcos showrunner explained that the Cali Cartel operate very differently from Pablo Escobar and presents different threats than the Medellin Cartel boss.
When asked if Narcos will continue where it left off or be a different show, he responded with the following.
“I view it as a schematic sequel in that, what Escobar did and what the authorities did to capture Escobar changed the game. A guy like Escobar was going to be replaced by, in some ways, a more pervasive and more insidious organization like Cali, that had a corruptive influence that went way beyond the outlaw. They bought the presidency of Colombia in 1994.”
While Pablo Escobar chose to rebel against the government, it seems as though the Cali Cartel were more influential in politics. This was originally a goal of Pablo Escobar. However, as shown in Season 1, his mugshot came back to haunt him and he could no longer pursue his political career.
There will be several new cast members and some returning. The Cali Cartel leaders in Narcos Season 2 are brothers Gilberto and Miguel and Pacho Herrera portrayed by Alberto Ammann.
The fourth member of the Cali Cartel, who goes by the nickname Chepe, will be introduced in Narcos Season 3.
The writers of the Netflix hit are already thinking about a Narcos Season 4 since it has already been renewed. The Cali Cartel played a role in the Mexican drug trade, and the showrunner Eric Newman has not ruled out the possibility of a Mexican Cartel Season 4.
History tells us that the Cali Cartel had a short reign after the death of Pablo Escobar. Therefore, their arc in the ongoing war on drugs can be wrapped up in one season.
The showrunners have joked that the series can go on so long as the war on drugs continues.
Eric Newman explained how the Mexican Cartel were influenced by the activities in Colombia during that time period. When asked whether the series is going to Mexico for its fourth installment, Newman responded with the following.
“Perhaps. I could talk a long time about the Mexican cartels and their story is fascinating, their origin stretching into today. Cali was the cartel that really utilized the smuggling routes through Mexico and the Mexican heroin smugglers who were already incredibly successful. 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.”
Narcos Season 3 will feature some never-before-told details surrounding the Cali Cartel and their operations.
While violence is a given in the drug trade, Season 3 will be more political due to the new drug bosses in charge.
One of the best moments in Narcos Season 2 was the sequence with his farmer. The showrunner reveals that some of it was real while other parts were made up.
“That was invented in terms of the content, but he did pre-decease his father. His father was alive, and he and his mother had separated, and I think she wore the pants in the family. He was a farmer. But we invented that entire sequence, which I’m really proud of. I really liked their relationship.”
Due to the early renewal, you can expect Narcos Season 3 to be released around the same time as the previous season.
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