Season 2 of Netflix’s Narcos will pick up from the last and showcase the ultimate demise of Pablo Escobar, which essentially marks the end of Golden Globe nominee Wagner Moura’s run playing the infamous drug lord. So after two seasons with Escobar at the center, reporters at TCA (and surely fans as well) were curious of the what might be to come.
Wagner, along with executive producer Eric Newman and director/executive director Jose Padilha, remained tight-lipped about the show’s future during its panel at the Beverly Hilton. On the sidelines, though, Newman hinted at a way to move on post-Escobar.
“The successors to Medellín were the Cali cartel, who had been No. 2 to Escobar and they liked it that way, but soon realized they had to get rid of him — and they are big part of Season 2, ” Newman said. When asked if the group could be the focus of a possible Season 3, he hinted it was possibility.
As for Season 2, which bows September 2 on the streaming service, Moura said onstage that fans should expect it to be more dramatic and character-focused. “I had to deal with emotions that I didn’t know how Pablo will react, ” he said of his character as he descends from power. “We will see a very vulnerable Pablo Escobar.”
Newman lamented the departure of Moura. “If I could figure out a way to extend [Escobar’s] story I would,” he said offstage. “I’m hoping at some point, if we were to tell other stories, to bring [Escobar] through… I just love the guy so much and I’d love to keep working with him.”
Padilha meanwhile insisted that “the show is not about Pablo.”
“Pablo Escobar happens to be the man that created the mass business of cocaine trade,” he said. “The show is about cocaine. It’s about drug dealers that deal cocaine.” He added, “The fact that we can take a broad perspective and talk about all the different drug lords allows us to take a critical view of the policies that America has and other countries have toward drugs, which is kill the supplies and do nothing about the demand… its a repeating story.
On how long the story would repeat, Newman joked, “We plan on stopping when cocaine stops.”