History sort of spoils Season 2 of Narcos — given that the first season itself ended 18 months before Pablo Escobar, its central figure, was killed. Even if you haven’t watched all of the second season yet, you can imagine that his death either occurs at some point in it or — if they’re really stretching things out — not long after. (SPOILER ALERT: it happens at the end of the season.) But as a new teaser trailer from Netflix — announcing the show’s renewal order, which is actually for a third and fourth season — asserts, “the blow must go on.” And though it’s unfortunate that that means no more Wagner Moura, there’s another face who’ll fill in as the series’ next hopefully similarly complex villain.
“There’s a reason why we call this show Narcos and not Pablo Escobar,” Eric Newman, who created the show alongside Jose Padilha, told The Hollywood Reporter, surrounding the renewal. “It’s very much about the trade. There are other drug dealers and there are alliances formed against Pablo [in Season 2], so there are a multitude of stories we could tackle.”
And, indeed, as THR notes, the series very clearly documents how another drug empire — the Cali Cartel — will soon rise at the close of Season 2. The teaser trailer shows a clear image of Moura slowly blurring and distancing itself from the camera, until he begins to come closer and back into focus: now, however, he’s transformed into actor Damián Alcázar, playing Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela — one of the Cali Cartel’s leaders.
Season 3 will be out sometime in 2017.