Narcos has now run for five seasons in total – three of the original series followed by two of the Mexico variant, and fans are now hopeful that another run could be on the cards in the future.
The most recent series arrived in February 2020 and ended with an explosive exchange between Walt Breslin and Ángel Félix Gallardo after the latter has been imprisoned – and the tale of the Mexican drug war has far from been told in its entirety.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about a potential Narcos: Mexico season three.
Narcos: Mexico season 3 release date: When is it out on Netflix?
Netflix is yet to officially order a third season of Narcos: Mexico, three months after season two aired – but neither has there been any announcement that the show has been shelved. Given that Narcos, which has run for five series in total, has been a huge success for the streaming platform, we’d still expect it to return in some form or another – but we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything more official.
Showrunner Eric Newman has gone on record to say that he hopes the show will return, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “As I always say, we’ll go on as long as they let us and as long as the drug war rages — which, as you know, there is no end in sight.
“But I would be lying if I said I hadn’t put quite a bit of thought into where we would go. I’ve always had a pretty fair idea at where we end up. That’s about all I can say about season three.
“But it’s definitely something that we’re actively discussing internally.”
And a recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine with Puerto Rican musician Bad Bunny seemed to indicate that a third season is on the way – with the star claiming that he was due to shoot scenes for the series before the pandemic delayed that.
This news, coupled with the fact that casting calls have been put out for a further seasons means we can be all but sure that the series will return, despite the fact that we are still awaiting official confirmation from Netflix.
As for when a third series might air, that remains equally unknown, especially when you factor in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – which has shut down film and TV production across the globe.
There was a 14 month gap between series 1 and 2, but given the current situation we’d expect there to be a longer gap this time round if another run is commissioned.
How did Narcos: Mexico season 2 end?
Narcos: Mexico season two saw Félix Gallardo’s (Diego Luna) reign as the supreme drug lord of Mexico come to an end, with the federation of cartels he’d worked so hard to unite (as seen in the first season) deciding to make their own way and turn their backs on him.
Cast out and with no more leverage to wield agains the government, Gallardo was finally taken into custody for his crimes – including the murder of DEA agent Kiki Camarena (again, an event that took place in the first season).
Narcos: Mexico season 3 episodes: What will happen next?
Season two ends with a wrathful Felix telling his adversary Walt (Scoot McNairy) that, by capturing him, he’s only caused a bigger problem.
“Now you’ll see what happens when the cage breaks open and all the animals run free,” he warns, in what feels like set up for more stories in the worlds of Narcos.
Elaborating on the meaning behind this scene to TV Guide, Narcos: Mexico executive producer Eric Newman said: “You can take out Pablo Escobar, or the Cali cartel, or Felix Gallardo and feel some sense of victory, but in reality, all you’ve done is swallow the spider to catch the fly.
“We all know how that ends; it just continues to accelerate into the chaos, which is very much the theme of this season. And so, to end with a moment where you realise we’ve accomplished nothing except for unleashing these animals, for the most part, [allows us to] begin the next chapter in the drug war, over which we’ll have less control than we had previously.”
With Gallardo behind bars, Newman suggested that the next drug lord to take centre stage could be Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who seized control of the Juárez Cartel after assassinating his boss Rafael Aguilar Guajardo.
“He was the Lord of the Skies,” said Newman, referring to Guajardo’s nickname that he earned because of the large fleet of jets he used to transport drugs.
Narcos: Mexico season 3 cast: Who’s returning?
Of the major cast members who’ve appeared in Narcos: Mexico, a return for Diego Luna as Felix Gallardo is not impossible, but unlikely. Gallardo is still alive, but has remained incarcerated since his arrest for Camarena’s murder, while Luna is set to start shooting on the Star Wars: Rogue One spin-off series featuring his character Cassian Andor later this year, which could clash with filming on Narcos: Mexico.
Meanwhile Luna has also made comments which seem to suggest his time on the show could be at an end. When asked about returning, he told IndieWire, “Not for now, not for now, no, no, no. At the beginning it was fun, but then it became really heavy for me.
“It’s strong material and I love the way the series shoots for quite a long time because you manage to do great stuff and you’re not in a hurry.
“At the same time I’m glad I have my life back and I need a rest.”
Likewise, Rafa Caro Quintero (Tenoch Huerta), Don Neto (Joaquin Cosio) and Isabella (Teresa Ruiz) are all incarcerated by the close of season two, making their return to the show unlikely – at least in major roles.
It’s more feasible that Scoot McNairy will reprise his role of DEA agent Walt Breslin, since – unlike many other characters in the series – Breslin is fictional, a composite character inspired by a number of different real-life agents, meaning his path going forward is totally uncharted.
Flavio Medina returning as Juan Abrego of the Gulf Cartel is also a safe bet, with exec producer Newman noting that Abrego was “a pretty enormous player in the ’90s and into the early 2000s.”
Newman has also suggested that while Chapo’s heyday is “still about 20 years away”, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel “could be a factor” in the third season, so a return for actor Alejandro Edda is also looking good.
We can also expect some new stars to join the cast – and indeed casting calls have been put out for a whole host of new characters, including figures named Maria, Ismael, Dani, The General, Vicente, Arturo, Miguel, Steve, Alfonso, Hortensia, Santos and Katz, so there should be no shortage of fresh faces.
Narcos Mexico season 3 trailer: Is there a first look?
Not yet – though Netflix has been known to drop a teaser for the next season shortly after releasing a new batch of episodes, the fate of Narcos: Mexico is still up in the air which means we’ll be waiting a little while yet for new footage. Providing, of course, that a third season gets the green-light – the original Narcos did run to three seasons, before segueing into the Mexico-set companion series.
Narcos: Mexico seasons 1-2 are streaming now on Netflix. If you’re looking for more to watch, check out our TV guide.