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The real reason why Netflix’s 'Narcos: Mexico' was cancelled

Narcos: Mexico season three began streaming on Netflix earlier this month. However, it has been confirmed that these ten episodes would mark the conclusion of the series, much to the chagrin of fans. 

Narcos: Mexico had begun with the 2015 Netflix series Narcos that ran till 2017 and detailed the exploits of the Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his burgeoning empire. 

Instead of launching a fourth season of Narcos in 2018, the showrunners decided to focus on the illegal drug operations in Mexico and created Narcos: Mexico

Set in the 1980s and 1990s, the series delved into the origin of the notorious Mexican drug war that first followed Kiki Camarena’s investigation into the Guadalajara cartel. Headed up by the infamous Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the second season saw him in prison while the third and final season focused on his successors. 

Now, it has been announced that the series is coming to an end. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Carlo Bernard, the co-creator of the show, revealed the real reason why it is time for a curtain call. 

“I saw this season as an origin story of the modern world that we live in,” said Bernard. 

“For me, it felt like bringing the show up to that spot where we now recognise, for better or for worse, made sense as a place to stop it. The show has been able to lift the curtains and show you how this thing began, how it evolved.” 

Talking about how he did not want the narrative to be repetitive despite how riveting it would be, he said that “stopping at the moment where we had delivered the world that we now live in today made sense, thematically and narratively. We definitely don’t want to repeat ourselves, ever.”

Since both the shows have had three seasons, a separate show with an equally riveting premise focused on the drug trade and wars could most likely take place at a different place. However, in an interview with Collider, Bernard discussed the possibility of a new series. “There aren’t any plans, honestly, this is sort of the end of the ride, for now at least,” he revealed. 

“There’s nothing in the works, but unfortunately the drug trade isn’t going anywhere so obviously the possibility of other iterations exist.” Talking about their current “cohesive story”, he said that “it felt like a nice place to wrap it up with season three in Mexico.”

Currently, Bernard and the executive producer Eric Newman, along with the rest of the Narcos team, are busy working on a six-episode limited series with Sofia Vergara as Griselda Blanco, a notorious Colombian drug-queen. 

The project has been in development for eight years as a collaborative effort between Vergara and Luis Balaguer. 

Blanco, who was called the Black Widow and Cocaine Grandmother, was a powerful figure in the 1980s. Despite her ties with the Medellin Cartel, she was not featured in Narcos. While the Cocaine Grandmother has been portrayed before by Catherine Zeta-Jones and will be played by Jennifer Lopez in an upcoming biopic, fans are excited to see Vergara in this never-seen-before role. 

The series is due to be filmed in 2022. 

Talking about Blanco, Vergara said, “Griselda Blanco was a larger-than-life character whose ruthless but ingenious tactics allowed her to rule a billion-dollar empire years before many of the most notorious male kingpins we know so much about.”

Stream the third season of Narcos: Mexico on Netflix now!