While many fans thought that Narcos Season 2 was going to be the last, the Netflix hit series has been renewed for two more seasons. You will get to know the Cali Cartel, and we have some spoilers ahead.
With an early renewal, the Narcos Season 3 release date will likely be August or September 2017. The first season of Narcos chronicled about 15 years of Pablo Escobar’s life, from when he started selling cocaine in his 20s to his escape from his customized prison in 1992.
We know Pablo Escobar died in 1993, which means that his end is almost inevitable in the second season. While we say goodbye to Pablo Escobar, Narcos Season 3 will focus on a new villain – the Cali Cartel.
A teaser trailer takes its own spin on the war on drugs, stating, “The blow must go on.” The trailer shows Pablo Escobar fading with Damian Alcazar as Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela emerging, which all but confirms that Narcos Season 3 will focus on the Cali Cartel.
Along with his brother Miguel Orejuela and Pacho Herrera, Gilberto is one of the leaders of the Cali Cartel who takes over the Medellin Cartel and bring their own brand of cocaine smuggling to Colombia.
Last week, Narcos confirmed that they have begun filming Season 3, and the first image features Javier Pena without his partner Steve Murphy in what looks like a press conference announcing Escobar’s death, property forfeiture, etc.
The image could also be a scene where the Cali Cartel are being introduced as persons of interest.
It is clear that the CIA and DEA are still going to be heavily involved in Colombian politics and the drug trade. The tension between the two countries is likely to continue as they deal with a new drug lord in the Cali Cartel that has much more influence in politics.
While Pablo Escobar got protection from the people, showrunner Eric Newman told The Hollywood Reporter the following.
“We don’t want to replace Pablo Escobar. We are going to look deeper into the systemic effects within Colombia of cocaine and corruption. Unlike Escobar, who had positioned himself as an outlaw, Cali was very much a part of the system. They had bought their way in and they enjoyed a different kind of protection than Pablo did. Pablo was protected by the people who loved him and Cali was protected by a political and economic system that they had rather ingeniously built. It’s a different kind of villain. While Escobar was a single-cell organism, they were a complex, multi-celled organism.”
Cali Cartel eventually became responsible for most of the cocaine brought into the United States at the height of their power.
Like Escobar, they were eventually brought down by the Colombian National Police, but they didn’t rule the drug market as long as the Medellin Cartel managed to, and the Cali Cartel plot will conclude in Narcos Season 3.
While the showrunner has teased a potential move to Mexico, it has not been confirmed. However, we know that the Cali Cartel were influential in the Mexican drug trade and it is likely that the series will go there eventually.
During the THR interview, showrunner Eric Newman was asked when the series will catch up to El Chapo, and he had an interesting response.
“That’s funny. It depends on where we start in the Mexican timeline. Chapo was there at the beginning, in a way. He was one of the younger guys in the Guadalajara cartel before it splintered and he and another guy were given Sinaloa as territory. In our timeline currently, that’s already happened because that was in 1985. So it depends. If we take our time, it could take a while. If we jump right into it, it could be really soon.”
Netflix just announced that their original series, such as Narcos and Stranger Things, helped the company achieve record revenues.
Narcos Season 3 release date is expected to be August or September 2017.
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