‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 3: Why should fans be excited?

NARCOS MEXICO - Credit: Netflix
NARCOS MEXICO - Credit: Netflix /

Narcos: Mexico Season 3 is officially happening at Netflix.

According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, Narcos: Mexico Season 3 is moving forward at Netflix with a new showrunner. Since Feb. of this year, fans of the series believed the show dead since Netflix hasn’t announced new episodes.

In 2020, February feels like another lifetime ago. Movies were still coming out in theaters at that time! But finally, Netflix has renewed the popular crime drama for another season, although it will undergo a few significant changes.

Why should fans be excited for Narcos: Mexico Season 3?

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Ten months is a long time to go without any significant television show updates, especially a popular, critically-acclaimed series like Narcos. Some people might be over their Narcos obsession by now, but some exciting things are happening in Narcos: Mexico Season 3 that fans should look forward to seeing when the show returns.

Showrunner Eric Newman is stepping aside, as he’s plenty busy with other Netflix projects (Newman has a lucrative overall deal with the streamer). Co-creator Carlo Bernard will take over as the new showrunner. Newman will stay remain part of the series as an executive producer.

It’ll be interesting to see what Bernard brings to the table. He has plenty of experience with the show already and has written numerous episodes.

Another reason to be excited is because of the impending cast shake-up. Diego Luna will not be returning for Season 3. While Luna was an exceptional addition to the cast, he is slated to star in the Star Wars prequel series in development at Disney Plus. It works out anyway since his character was imprisoned at the end of Season 2.

Scoot McNairy, Mayra Hermosillo, José Maria Yazpik, Alberto Ammann, Alfonso Dosal, Matt Letscher, Manuel Masalva, Alejandro Edda and Gorka Lasaosa are all returning for Season 3. It remains to be seen whether or not another member of the cast will be promoted to fill Luna’s spot or if the show will cast some new blood to shake things up. It would be fun to see another top-tier actor step in as a new, deadly kingpin.

But perhaps the most exciting element of the series is where Season 3 will likely go plot-wise. There’s a good chance the new season will be focused heavily on Amado Carrillo Fuentes (Yazpik) and his rise to power. In history, Fuentes was a powerful cocaine trafficker. Season 3 will likely heavily feature the evolution of the Cali Cartel in Columbia, too.

“The third season will continue along the ‘Narcos: Mexico’ timeline, according to the Netflix synopsis, and will open up in the ’90s, when the globalization of the drug business ignites. The new episodes will examine the war that breaks out after Felix’s empire splinters. As newly independent cartels struggle to survive political upheaval and escalating violence, a new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge. But in this war, truth is the first casualty — and every arrest, murder and take-down only pushes real victory further away,” says THR.

As a bonus, we also know that Bad Bunny will have a recurring role in the new season. During an interview with Rolling Stone, he said he had already filmed a few scenes for the show when production shutdown due to the pandemic.

When can we expect the new season to premiere?

Like its first two seasons, the third season will film on location around Mexico City amid new COVID-19 safety protocols. Netflix is significantly expanding its content in the area with plans for more than 50 shows and films spread across the next two years. It’s not evident when production will restart, but we can assume it will be by the end of this year or early 2021.

That would put the release date for some point in the summer or fall. Of course, everything we know about the current television schedule has the potential for change because of the pandemic.

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The first two seasons of Narcos: Mexico are now available to stream on Netflix.