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‘Narcos: Mexico’ season 3: Everything we know so far

“In the United States, the Mafia makes witnesses disappear so they can’t testify in court. In Colombia, Pablo Escobar made the whole court disappear.”

Created by Chris Brancato and Doug Miro, Narcos follows the boom of the cocaine trade in Colombia and takes a close look at the dangerous lives of the drug kingpins, especially Pablo Escobar, the infamously notorious drug cartel leader. It follows Escobar’s success due to the production and distribution of cocaine as well as his gripping interactions with opposition parties, drug lords and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials. 

The figures are all in a conflict that transcends politics, morality, ethics, legality and more. The show also focuses on the fall of Escobar and the subsequent efforts by the DEA to disrupt the rise of the notorious Cali cartel. Addictive and unnerving, the characters in Narcos are brilliant and charming but fail to evoke sympathy. They are cunning and vile, especially Pablo Escobar, who will go to any lengths to appease his ambitious hunger for success. Grisly and indefensible, the intense characters as well as the brilliant recounting of recent history made Narcos a show worth binging on.  

Narcos: Mexico was originally decided upon as the fourth season of Narcos. However, the creators quickly changed their minds and made it a spin-off series which is set in Mexico while the previous three seasons were set in Colombia. The series explores the root story following the modern drug war when the traffickers were not organised; they were all small-time independent cannabis manufacturers and dealers whose lack of unity and management made it a mess. The plot revolves around the 1980s rise of the Guadalajara cartel where the traffickers were united to form an empire by Felix Gallardo. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena relocates to Guadalajara with his family, he learns of the new assignment where he has to track down these traffickers and soon understands how perilous this new job actually is.

While the events are based on true stories and derive inspiration from real-life events, the creators have used their own creative freedom to create an intense and grappling show where the gruesome violence and realistic touches make it more interesting. Electrifying performances of the cast members as well as the gloomy atmospheric setting has made it an instant fan favourite. 

After a successful two-season run, the series has witnessed Felix Gallardo being convicted for the murder of DEA agent Kiki and being thrown into jail. The overwhelming question remains: With Felix gone, what will happen to the other members? Where does the series go from here? Luckily for us, Narcos: Mexico has been renewed for a third season, and we decided to collate all the information that is available about the new season to appease our curious selves. 

When will ‘Narcos: Mexico’ season 3 be released? 

Netflix confirmed in October 2020 that they would be renewing the third season. The first season of this spin-off series graced Netflix in November 2018. 

The second season, however, was released on February 13, 2020. The gap between the first two seasons was approximately about fifteen months. Thus, we could hope for an early May 2021 release. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, production has been halted for various shows. That said, it is extremely difficult to predict the exact date. However, the third season will be available to stream by late 2021 or early 2022. Fingers crossed!

Has filming begun on ‘Narcos: Mexico’ season 3?

Filming has already begun for the third season. According to Bad Bunny, filming had started way before the pandemic. 

However, due to the unexpected arrival of the virus, shooting production had been on a hiatus. Bad Bunny also said how he hoped to start shotting the show in late 2020, around the fall season in Mexico City. This leaves us questioning what possible role this rapper could play. 

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Who are the cast members?

From the first two season, the actors who shall return are Scoot McNairy (Walt Breslin), Matt Letscher (Jaime Kuykendall), Alberto Ammann (Hélmer Herrera aka Pacho), Mayra Hermosillo (Enedina Arellano Félix),Manuel Masalva (Ramón Arellano Félix),Alfonso Dosal (Benjamín Arellano Félix), Jose Maria Yazpik (Amado Carrillo Fuentes), Gorka Lasaosa (Héctor Luis Palma Salazar) and Alejandro Edda (Joaquín Guzmán aka El Chapo). 

New cast members include Luis Gerardo Méndez (Victor Tapia), Alberto Guerra (Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada), Luisa Rubino (Andrea Nunez) and Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio aka Bad Bunny (Arturo “Kitty” Paez). Other cast members include Alejandro Furth as Ramon Salgado, Lorenzo Ferro as Alex Hodoyan, José Zúñiga as General Rebollo, Diego Calva as Arturo Beltran Leyva, Kristen Lee Gutoskie as Dani, Beau Mirchoff as Steve Sheridan. Additional new guest stars Include: Yessica Borroto as Marta, Damayanti Quintanar as Hortencia, Manuel Uriza as Carlos Hank Gonzalez and Markin López as Rogelio. 

Who is the new showrunner and who is missing in action? 

Eric Newman, who used to be the showrunner, will now have to surrender his duties to Carlo Bernard. Newman is extremely “grateful” for the experience he gathered and expressed his pleasure at being able to hand over the reins to Carlo Bernard with whom he had discussed the premise of this project. 

Diego Luna might not appear on the show although Scoot McNairy will. Wagner Moura, the one who portrayed Pablo Escobar, shall be directing two episodes besides Andrés Baiz, Alejandra Marquez, Luis Ortega and Amat Escalante.

What can we expect to see this new season?

Felix Gallardo might be out of the picture, but an extreme bloodbath awaits. With intense bloodshed and gory fights, new drug kingpins shall emerge. 

Felix had amassed vast amounts of wealth and power, but that shall be nullified with him being out of the picture. Felix’s predictions regarding the unanimous functioning of the plazas being able to push the Columbians out will be proven true. These plazas will turn into individual cartels and eventually engage in gruesome violence and bloodbath. The series will have a new antagonist be the name of El Chapo under whose leadership the bloody drug battles shall commence. 

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