6:54am PT by Jackie Strause
'Narcos' Renewed for Third and Fourth Seasons at Netflix
Narcos will continue beyond Pablo Escobar.
After two seasons that started and — spoiler alert! — ended the Colombian kingpin's story, the streaming service is moving ahead with a third and fourth season of the drug cartel drama, it was announced Tuesday.
Jose Padilha and Eric Newman will continue to serve as executive producers of the series. The episode count for the additional seasons was not revealed.
The first season of the critically praised drama Narcos chronicled the rise of Escobar (Wagner Moura), while the sophomore run chronicled his fall. Ahead of the premiere of season two (which bowed Friday), Newman — the third showrunner on the drama — confirmed that viewers would see the death of Escobar and Moura's exit, prompting questions over whether or not the series would continue without its star.
But Newman said the drama, which is based on true events, was never just about the Medellin cartel and its leader. "Narcos is about cocaine and cocaine continues beyond Escobar," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I’ll go as long as they’ll let me go."
As promised, season two brought the death of Escobar while giving rise to his successor, the Cali cartel. The finale very clearly sets up the ascending rival, a crime organization that, at the height of its reign, was responsible for 90 percent of the world's cocaine market.
"There's a reason why we call this show Narcos and not Pablo Escobar," added Newman. "It's very much about the trade. There are other drug dealers and there are alliances formed against Pablo [in season two], so there are a multitude of stories we could tackle."
The first two seasons starred Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook as the DEA agents, Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, respectively, who helped to take Escobar down. The real-life pair also serve as series consultants.
While the season-two ending implied that Pena would play a big part in the upcoming Cali cartel story, his partner, Murphy, left Colombia shortly after the Escobar chapter came to a close in real life.
When asked whether or not Newman would stray from history to keep his co-star, he had this to say about the character: "I am really proud of Murphy's story and the evolution," he told THR. "One of the things you have to consider is: Is his story over?"
Narcos is a key piece of Netflix's global plan. The English-language series is a strong player abroad and part of a drama roster that includes recent addition Anne of Green Gables, Ozark, Gilmore Girls, The Crown and multiple Marvel series.
The announcement video highlights the Cali cartel taking over, with leader Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela (Damian Alcazar) stepping into Escobar's place. Watch below.