“To take down the Cali cartel, you’d have to be crazy, stupid, brave and lucky. All at the same time.” Those are the ominous words that mark the arrival of Narcos Season 3.
Netflix’s crime drama powers on in the wake of Pablo Escobar’s reign over Season 1 and 2, switching focus on to the Cali cartel. Damian Alcazar places Gilberto, head of the cartel, who immediately makes an impression in the new trailer for series’ third run.
“We are going to look deeper into the systemic effects within Colombia of cocaine and corruption. Unlike Escobar, who had positioned himself as an outlaw, Cali was very much a part of the system,” said Exec Producer Eric Newman when the series was renewed for Season 3. “They had bought their way in and they enjoyed a different kind of protection than Pablo did. Pablo was protected by the people who loved him and Cali was protected by a political and economic system that they had rather ingeniously built. It’s a different kind of villain. While Escobar was a single-cell organism, they were a complex, multi-celled organism.”
Cocaine Incorporated is how DEA Agent Peña (Pedro Pascal, reprising his role) puts it, run like a Fortune 500 company.
Season 3 premieres on Netflix on Friday 1st September. Here’s the new teaser:
Narcos Season 3 to premiere in September
15th July 2017
“Agent Peña, how much do you know about the Cali Cartel?”
Those final words spoken in Season 2 of Netflix’s Narcos paved the way for Season 3’s pivot into the corrupt, powerful, and wildly profitable world of Colombia’s Cali Cartel – the biggest drug lords you’ve probably never heard of.
Now that the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the third run of the streaming giant’s thriller sees the DEA turn its attention to the richest trafficking organisation in the world. Led by four powerful godfathers, the cartel operates much differently than Escobar’s, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.
Season 3 of Narcos will premiere on Netflix on Friday 1st September. Here’s the teaser trailer announcing the release date – read on for your first look at the Cali Cartel in action.
Curtiss Cook joins Narcos Season 3
21st November 2016
Curtiss Cook has joined the cast of Narcos Season 3.
Netflix’s drug thriller, which follows the long battle between the DEA and the cartels of Colombia, was perhaps expected by some fans to end after the second season.
Warning: Spoilers for Season 2 follow.
Indeed, Season 2 of the series ended with the death of Pablo Escobar. Played by Wagner Moura, it was hard to see how the programme could continue without him. But Netflix is aiming bigger than just the one drug lord: it wants the whole set. And so Narcos Season 3 was swiftly announced, along with Season 4.
Not much is known about the new run yet, except that it has a new big bad in the form of Damian Alcazar’s Gilberto, of the Cali cartel.
“We are going to look deeper into the systemic effects within Colombia of cocaine and corruption. Unlike Escobar, who had positioned himself as an outlaw, Cali was very much a part of the system. They had bought their way in and they enjoyed a different kind of protection than Pablo did. Pablo was protected by the people who loved him and Cali was protected by a political and economic system that they had rather ingeniously built. It’s a different kind of villain. While Escobar was a single-cell organism, they were a complex, multi-celled organism,” exec producer Eric Newman told THR.
“There are four Cali godfathers: brothers Gilberto and Miguel (Francisco Denis), Pacho Herrera (Alberto Ammann), all of whom we’ve met, and then there is a fourth named “Chepe,” who is a sort of fascinating and colorful guy. It wouldn’t be surprising to anyone to know that they met bad endings, but I think as we learned in season two, it’s getting there that’s fun. They’re certainly going to be a big part of season three.”
Now, we have our first sign of the new season coming together, with the signing of Curtiss Cook. The actor, who played Terry Womack in House of Cards and has appeared in Luke Cage and HBO’s The Lefovers, has been cast in a recurring role as “Gilbert Mills”. No further details are known, but as Narcos has proven already, it’s only a matter of time until something new comes along.
Netflix orders Narcos Season 3 and 4
6th September 2016
Netflix has ordered a third and fourth season of Narcos.
The show, which is produced by Gaumont International Television, has, rather aptly, proven one of the streaming service’s most addictive.
It chronicles the real-life stories of the infamous drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. At the heart of them is the legendary Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura), who weaves in and out of the DEA’s clutches for years, as he rises to power and, ultimately, makes a lot of enemies on all sides of the law.
The announcement of the double renewal arrives hot on the heels of the premiere of Season 2 of the drama.
“Narcos thrives on its thought-provoking relationship with the truth,” we wrote in our review of the new season. “The dichotomous mix of believable fiction and disbelievable fact comes together again here to produce a show where the wildest, craziest moments are the most likely to be taken from the history books.”
The commission of not just one but two more seasons emphasises the site’s confidence in its show’s quality, but also in its ability to continue without Pablo – as the history books already tell us, he will have to be killed off eventually. When that will happen is not yet clear, but showrunners José Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop) and Eric Newman (Children of Men) are not going anywhere: they will continue to serve as executive producers of the series for both Seasons 3 and 4.
Here’s the video announcing the renewal – and teasing a new big bad on the Narcos scene in the future.
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