The storyline of the American crime drama TV series “Narcos” on Netflix revolves around the life of Columbian notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine from Colombia to different parts of the world.
The show also focused on Escobar’s interactions with drug lords, DEA agents, and various opposition entities.
Critics believe that the storyline of “Narcos” is at a delicate stage since Season 1 has just been completed and covered a significant part of Pablo Escobar’s story.
Based on the Season 1 finale, Season 2 would have a very limited time to focus on Escobar’s escape from La Catedral in 1992 to his death in Medellin in 1993. Filming for “Narcos” is now ongoing in Bogota, Colombia.
Season 1 of “Narcos” spanned almost a decade in telling the story of Escobar with years sometimes passing between chronological episodes.
Unless “Narcos” storyline continues after Escobar’s death and the TV series shifts to telling the story of the law enforcement’s continued war with the other drug cartels in Colombia, including the infamous Cali Cartel, the show will not have much to go on.
Escobar will die in Season 2
Cali Cartel was already introduced in “Narcos” in Season 1 and it will obviously be playing a major role in Season 2 as the two drug cartels fight for control of Colombia’s drug trade.
Director Jose Padilha and Eric Newman will be pinch-hitting as showrunners as Netflix finds a suitable person to fill in the post after Season 2.
In a recent interview with Eric Newman, he said that they recognized the importance of Pablo Escobar in the storyline of the TV series. He said if they only have a choice, they would keep Pablo Escobar around but he also said that doing so would only ruin the series given that they would be altering true events, which “Narcos” would not do most certainly.
Newman went on to say that if they could find a way to keep Pablo Escobar alive and keep Wagner Moura on the show, they will do it. But he confirmed that Pablo Escobar will die in Season 2.
However, he also assured fans and viewers of “Narcos” that there are a number of things that can happen on the show after the death of Escobar. He added that they have not committed to one or the other but he said that there are obviously a lot of other stories in the world that continue on beyond Escobar, notes the International Business Times of UK.
Penetrating the drug cartel deep
The latest reports about “Narcos,” other than the absurd rumors that it will be cancelled for Season 2, indicate that actor Eric Lange of “The Bridge” has been taken in as a series regular and he shall be portraying the role of CIA Special Agent Stechner.
Stechner will work alongside DEA operatives in Medellin, Columbia. He will be joining DEA Agent Javier Pena, played by Pedro Pascal, and DEA Agent Steve Murphy, played by Boyd Holbrook, in getting into the good graces of the Columbian drug lord and Medellin Cartel leader Pablo Escobar.
In addition to taking on new cast members, the second season of “Narcos” shall also take in a new set of writers after Chris Brancato left the series at the end of Season 1.
It was executive producer Eric Newman who disclosed during a press conference about “Narcos” that he and Jose Padilha will be in charge of the production for the show’s Season 2. He also said that they looking at bringing in a new set of writers to help them with the series, notes the Parent Herald.
Newman said that he and Padilha will still maintain control of the show. He revealed that they had a great partner last year in the person of Chris Brancato because he did what they had hoped he would do.