“NARCOS” Season 2: Predict Viewers Will Be “Conflicted” Over Pablo Escobar’s Death

“NARCOS” Season 2: Predict Viewers Will Be “Conflicted” Over Pablo Escobar’s Death


September 2nd, 2016

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“NARCOS” Season 2: Predict Viewers Will Be “Conflicted” Over Pablo Escobar’s Death


“There are going to be just as many people rooting for his death as there are for him rooting to get away,” – Eric Newman

In the second season, notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is on the run, with the Colombian authorities in relentless pursuit — and determined to put an end to his illegal activities.

The second season of Narcos isn’t about the destination; it’s about the journey.

When Netflix releases season two on Friday, the cartel drama will continue to tell the story of famed Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura). Though history spoils the eventual ending to the saga (Escobar was killed in 1993), Narcos confirmed that his death will come in the upcoming season — a move that showrunner Eric Newman admits seems controversial, but actually makes perfect sense.

“The show, since its inception, has never been about Pablo Escobar,” Narcos is about cocaine and cocaine continues beyond Escobar. The Osama bin Laden thing certainly inspired us, because here’s this guy we went to great lengths to kill and by the time we did, he was living in the Anaheim of Pakistan, actually having little to do with terrorism. And now we’re dealing with the guys that took over for him. That’s how we look at Escobar.”

While the first season spanned more than a decade of Escobar’s story, the character-driven second season narrows its lens to the roughly 16 months between his prison escape from La Catedral in the finale and his death. The near year-and-a-half manhunt includes some of Escobar’s most violent acts — such as the Bogota shopping center bombing that killed 21, including children, and injured dozens — as well as the alliance of Escobar successors who merged to bring him down.

While much has been documented about the hunt and death of Escobar, Newman says Narcos reveals never-before-told pieces to the puzzle. The drama is based on true events and uses the real DEA agents portrayed on the show, Steve Murphy (played by Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Pena (played by Pedro Pascal), as series consultants. Murphy, now retired, was present the day of Escobar’s death.

Here, Newman talk about his decision to humanize Escobar in his final months, the plan to end the Escobar story in season two and why the series can go on after the Medellin cartel and its boss go down.


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