3:26pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Narcos' Star Talks Season 2 Exit: "This Is Definitely the Last Season for Me"
Narcos is bracing for a big exit in its upcoming second season.
Wagner Moura, who stars on the Netflix cartel drama as famed Colombian drug dealer Pablo Escobar, confirmed Wednesday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that his character will be killed off in season two.
"This is definitely the last season for me," said the actor. It's hardly a spoiler — in real life, Escobar died in 1993 at the age of 43. Season two of the drama will be more "character-driven," according to Moura, and cover a smaller period of time, 18 months, as Escobar begins to his lose his power, his money and his safety.
"This is the season where we're going to start to see the fall of this guy," said Moura. "We're going to see Pablo Escobar very vulnerable."
Although the actor has hinted before that his time on the series would be limited, it still means a huge creative change for the drama, which has not yet been formally renewed for a third season.
"The show is not about Pablo," said Narcos executive producer José Padilha. "Pablo Escobar happens to be the man who created the mass business of cocaine trade. He's, for lack of a better word, the founding father of this business, but the show is about cocaine. It's about drug dealers that deal cocaine."
Padilha calmed nerves that Narcos is "still going to be the show it is," but that it would take on a "broad perspective" in season three looking at other drug dealers.
"We plan on stopping when cocaine stops," said executive producer Eric Newman. "I think there's a reason why we call this show Narcos and not Pablo Escobar. It's very much about the trade. There are other drug dealers and there are alliances formed against Pablo, so there are a multitude of stories we could tackle."
Season two of Narcos is set to premiere Friday, Sept. 2, on Netflix.