Originally telling the story of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, Narcos has shot to fame since the first series. In fact, it’s become so popular that we saw the creation of a popular side series, Narcos: Mexico, of which a third season is about to hit the Netflix accounts. While fans are waiting for that, the makers are already getting down to series number four.
Below we look at what went down in the second season and what we can look forward to in the third of this highly addictive spin-off.
The Story So Far
If you’ve not been following the series so far, basically, Narcos: Mexico explores the origins of the drug war in, of course, Mexico. The series dramatizes the formation of the Guadalajara cartel, led by Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, and its rise as the leader builds his drug empire. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Kiki Camarena is the unlucky law enforcement professional who has to move to the Mexican city to gather intelligence on Félix and the trade.
If season one was all about the rise of Félix and his cartel, season two was all about his downfall. It was something of an underworld workplace drama, with Félix’s employees plotting against him. Félix forgives Palma, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, for planning to betray him — but only to an extent: as a message to the bosses, he has Palma’s wife murdered.
We see the cartel fall apart and Félix form a new cartel, the Tijuana cartel. He cuts his partner Isabelle out of the business, somewhat ruthlessly, by using her own contact in Colombia to source cocaine.
But things get worse for Félix: he winds up being arrested. Mexico has gotten serious about free trade and joining NAFTA. As part of this, they arrest Félix to show they’re complying by coming down hard on drug running.
While he’s languishing in prison, Félix tells Kiki Camarena’s partner, Walt Breslin, who visits him in prison, about the disputes that have arisen between the cartels and warns him of the chaos that will emerge and, ultimately, lead to the Mexican drug war.
The Narcos Legacy
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But What Will Happen Next?
Perhaps the first surprise for fans is that Félix, and the actor who played him, Diego Luna, would not be returning for the third season.
We’ll also see some new characters enter the story:
- Victor Tapia, a Juárez cop who is reluctant to get involved but gets drawn into the mystery of some brutal murders.
- Ismael “El Mayo” Zambado, an independent drug trafficker who, little do the others know, is one step ahead of everyone.
- Andrea Nuñez, an ambitious, young journalist who happens upon a bigger story than she ever expected.
- Arturo “Kitty” Paez, a member of the Narco Juniors, a gang of rich kids who have gotten into the cartel life for the money, drugs and violence.
Expect Things To Get Messy
The splintering of the territories system was the first violent chapter, and with Félix gone, the situation will hurtle out of control. (Incidentally, Félix is actually still alive in real life but spending his days in prison since being arrested for the murder of Camarena.) Season two took the situation to the point where there was no going back.
Season three is all about the chaos that follows. The action takes place in the 1990s, when not only do the old drug cartels exist, but now there are new ones materialising and trying to move in on their patch. Worse still, these newer cartels are even more ruthless, and we can expect things to get ugly.
Another thing we can expect to see is the emergence of a new drugs kingpin who will take center stage: Amado Carillo Fuentes, who took care of the drug transportation and who also, by murdering his boss, became the leader of the Juárez cartel.
So fans have a lot to look forward to. No doubt, the series will keep everyone guessing. The fact that they’re already working on a fourth season means the series could go anywhere, but we can expect to see lots of drama and things to get ugly between the rival cartels.
There’s also the question of how things will work out for Andrea Nuñez. She’s discovered the story, but will she live long enough to tell it? We’ll only found out once Netflix releases the season.