Fans of the hit Netflix series Narcos will be ecstatic. If three seasons of the original series and two seasons of the Mexico adaptation haven’t totally fulfilled your appetite for the show’s drug-fueled story, Narcos: Mexico season 3 will most likely deliver a fresh dose of suspense in the near future. While Netflix has yet to confirm the second season, there are reasons to suspect that showrunner Eric Newman will keep the drama going.
Newman looked optimistic about the series’ future when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in February about the second season of Narcos: Mexico (due out on Netflix on February 13, 2020). The second season finale also seems to be setting the stage for the third season of Narcos.
With that in mind, let’s try to answer some of your burning questions regarding a forthcoming season, such as when we can anticipate Narcos: Mexico season 3, who will and will not be returning to the cast, and where the story can head following that epic season 2 ending.
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When will Narcos: Mexico season 3 be available?
While we don’t have a guaranteed release date for Season 3, we can expect it to be in 2022. There were 15 months of suspense between the first season’s premiere on November 16, 2018, and the second season’s premiere on February 13, 2020.
If the third season premieres in the same length of time, we could see a release date in May 2021 at the earliest. Given the current COVID-19 epidemic, which has halted film and television production around the world, we’re most certainly looking at a several-month delay, pushing the launch of season 3 back to early 2022.
How do we know that filming for Season 3 has begun? Bad Bunny (Benito Antonio Martnez Ocasio), a Puerto Rican rapper who will participate in the third season as a supporting character, said in a May cover article for Rolling Stone magazine that the show was filming in Mexico shortly before the pandemic began in February. Ocasio hoped to resume his experience on set by the end of the year, despite the fact that filming had ceased.
Who will be back in season 3 of Narcos: Mexico?
The name Diego Luna is familiar to those familiar with Hispanic entertainment — from telenovelas to award-winning films — and may be reason enough to jump on the Narcos: Mexico bandwagon.
The award-winning 40-year-old Mexican actor, producer, and director has acted in the critically acclaimed Pedro Almodóvar film Y Tu Mamá También (2001) as well as the Oscar-winning Frida Kahlo film Frida Kahlo (2002). While Luna’s character, drug kingpin Miguel ngel Félix Gallardo, is clearly in trouble by the end of Narcos: Mexico season 2, we hope he returns in season 3.
It’s worth emphasizing that if Gallardo doesn’t find a way out, there’s plenty of room on the outside for new people to assume the reins of drug trafficking. Rafael “Rafa” Caro Quintero (Tenoch Huerta), Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo (Joaquin Cosio), and Isabella Bautista are among the personalities incarcerated alongside Gallardo (Teresa Ruiz). Is there a chance they’ll make an appearance in Season 3? Time will tell if this is the case.
In a recent interview with Refinery29, Luna hinted at Gallardo’s eventual return. “He’s in jail, and there are jails in Mexico that function as workplaces where you can continue to work. It’s as simple as turning on the television. […] As a result, just because you’re in jail doesn’t mean you’re out of the game.”
However, Eric Newman told THR that Gallardo may have reached the end of his story. “That’s how you make a living in these undertakings,” Newman explained. “However, I believe [this is the character’s final goodbye]. Diego [Luna] is embarking on an adventure in a galaxy far, far away! In spirit, he’ll always be with us, and it’s been an extraordinary honor to work with him for the past two years. He’s my favorite.”
What do we know thus far about Narcos: Mexico’s third season?
Narcos: Mexico delves into the origins of the modern drug war, which began with a loose and fragmented network of individual producers and traffickers in Mexico. Through his Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s, Félix Gallardo was the first to investigate a federation of traffickers to construct an empire. Kiki Camarena (Michael Pea) and Walt Breslin of the DEA are in conflict with his operations (Scoot McNairy).
After Gallardo was imprisoned, Breslin and Gallardo had an explosive confrontation in the most current series. El Chapo of Sinaloa (Alejandro Edda), Amado Carrillo Fuentes of Juarez (José Mara Yazpik), and Benjamn Felix of Tijuana (Alfonso Dosal) are the future bosses for a hypothetical new season set in the 1990s. Breslin’s focus will likely turn to lead DEA forces against these new “threats,” according to our predictions.
We expect the third season to continue to bring narrative shocks, disappearances, and intriguing new characters, despite the fact that incarceration, death, and crime were prevalent in the first two seasons. Until then, we’ll have to wait and see who the latest Narcos: Mexico drug kingpin is.