If you thought the Cali cartel was ended by the – um, spoiler alert? – death of Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), think again. They were just getting started, and DEA Agent Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) has got a whole lot more on his hands.
Here’s the Narcos season 3 official synopsis:
“Now that the bloody hunt for Pablo Escobar has ended, the DEA turns its attention to the richest drug trafficking organization in the world: the Cali Cartel. Led by four powerful godfathers, this cartel operates much differently than Escobar’s, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.”
And here’s the first teaser.
It’s exactly like Javi says: “To pretend that these guys weren’t just as evil as the guy that came before them – that’s a mistake.”
Meet your new players: Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (Damian Alcazar), leader of the Cali Cartel, “boss of bosses”.
Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela (Francisco Denis): the brains behind the rise of the Cali Cartel and Gilberto’s brother.
Pacho Herrera (Alberto Ammann): the on-the-low hitman, runs the Mexican connection and international distribution.
And let’s not forget Chope Santacruz London (Pepe Rapazote), who runs the satellite New York empire of the Colombian drug network. Just as Gilberto announces his decision to walk away from the business, Peña (Pedro Pascal) enlists the help of American and Colombian law enforcement to take it down.
While the first two seasons were all about Peña and Steve Murphy’s (Boyd Holbrook) pursuit of Escobar, that particular storyline had run its course long before season 2 concluded. It’s good to see that there are newer (and more) players to deal with, even though replacing the extremely charismatic Moura will be a big ask.
The Hollywood Reporter is also reporting that Holbrook will not be returning for season 3, possibly because the real-life Murphy left Colombia shortly after Escobar’s death. Which is a real shame, given that he also narrated the series. But this means that Pascal a.k.a Oberyn Martell now has a chance to headline an entire series – hopefully without dying a horrible death.
Narcos season 3 premieres globally on Netflix on September 1.