Netflix has announced the long-awaited return of its addictive crime-thriller drama series, Narcos: Mexico.
This will be the fifth instalment in the Narcos franchise, but the sequel to the debut series. The Narcos franchise comprises of 4 instalments, the fourth being a spin-off to its three precedents titled, Narcos: Mexico.
Season 1 of Narcos: Mexico premiered in November 2018, and culminated with the murder of DEA agent, Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña). The second season will carry on from where it left off, but seeing as to how the plot revolves around the drug wars among the Mexican cartels in the 1980s, a happy ending would be too much to ask.
For all Narcos addicts, we’re breaking down everything we know so far about the upcoming season.
Scoot McNairy and Diego Luna share the spotlight in Narcos: Mexico 2. McNairy plays Walt Breslin, a DEA agent, who makes a brief appearance at the end of season 1. He is a rather unconventional agent at that, his methods in investigation and regulation go beyond the Drug Enforcement Administration handbook. More violent than civilised.
Luna, who portrays the character Félix Gallardo or El Padrino, don of the Guadalajara cartel was also first introduced in season 1 of Narcos and plays a recurring role in Narcos: Mexico.
Netflix’s synopsis for Narcos: Mexico 2 is as follows:
It’s the mid-1980s, as Félix Gallardo’s (Luna) super cartel splinters under its own dark weight and social and political shifts within Mexico prompt its desperate government’s most brazen corruption. Meanwhile, the American effort to exact revenge for Kiki Camerana’s (Peña) execution leads them further away from any hope for justice. The cycle of violence rages on.Netflix
Season 2 is likely to focus on the aftermath of Camarena’s murder. McNairy’s Breslin arrives in Guadalajara as the agent-in-charge of Operation Leyenda, a task force assembled by the DEA to investigate into Camarena’s unlikely death.
Gallardo’s right-hand man Rafael Caro Quintero (Tenoch Huerta) and Isabella Bautista (Tereza Ruiz are sure to make their appearances. Apart from this, new cast members have been added in for the second season. Newcomers to the show comprise Andrés Londoño (Fear the Walking Dead), Mayra Hermosillo (Falco), Sosie Bacon (Here and Now), Alex Knight (Legion), Matt Biedel (Altered Carbon), Jose Julian (The Society), and Alberto Zeni (The Noble Family).
Season 1 and 2 of Narcos documented the exploits of the notorious Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), his cartel and his reputation as drug lord of cocaine trade. Season 3 focused on the Cali Cartel and their efforts in filling the void left by the fall of Escobar.
Season 4 of Narcos: Mexico was trip back in time to the 1980s, to the inception of the Guadalajara cartel under Gallardo. Thus, while each of the seasons may have completely differing cores, they share the same concepts and possess interwoven storylines, with familiar characters making timely appearances in the seasons.
Providing additional insight into what we can expect from the new season and why it may have been constructed this way, showrunner and executive producer Eric Newman said:
To understand the current level of drug violence in Mexico you have to understand how it all started, and truly grasp America’s integral role in it. The second season of Narcos: Mexico is a Pandora’s box, the contents of which we still struggle in vain, 30 years later, to try and contain.Eric Newman
Season 2 of Narcos: Mexico will premiere on 13 February 2020, on Netflix.