Since its premier, Netflix series Narcos has won the hearts of fans and the acclaim of critics. However, having covered fifteen years of Pablo Escobar’s reign as Colombia’s “King of Cocaine,” (whose Medellin Cartel supplied 80% of the cocaine in the US and made $60 million per day), but he died only 18 months after he escaped from his self-built, luxury prison, La Catedral, in 1992. This is where the first season ends. How much could possibly be left to tell? It should be no surprise that the series would include Escobar’s death. It’ definitely coming in the show’s second season.
The second season of Narcos will cover the Colombian authorities’ pursuit of Escobar after his jailbreak. On the fateful day, on a Colombian rooftop in 1993, Escobar was cornered by the authorities, who engaged Don Pablo and his bodyguard in a bang out. Escobar was killed by a bullet lodged near his ear. His family (which has taken issue with Narcos) claims that he took his own life rather than being taken by the laws.
However, according to Slash Film, the show will go beyond Escobar’s demise and possibly into a third season. “Production hasn’t changed that much,” said producer Eric Newman. “The first season was a lot of information, a lot of setup. We need to tell you about this world. Now that we’re in the world, we can spend more time with the people in the world and the characters. So I would say that season two is more character driven. Less voiceover I hope.”
Another change will be the focus of the show. With Escobar gone, producers may choose to focus on the notorious drug underworld of Mexico. “You can go to the civil war in Guatemala where American trained soldiers who made their way to Mexico and introduced a new level of violence,” said Newman. “The amazing thing about Mexico, and it’s kind of staggering to think of it, is this level of violence that’s going on now was also the reforms, police reforms. All of a sudden, the police were being held accountable for things that they had done under the PRI for many years that they now could be prosecuted for. Cops realize we’re going to get in trouble for things we did then, we may as well go work for the traffickers and actually get paid. It’s incredibly complicated and amazing and would be a phenomenal TV show.”