This raw, gritty series chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It details the many, often-conflicting forces – legal, political, police, military and civilian – that clash in the effort to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities.
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In its explosive third season, Narcos explores how eliminating one notorious drug kingpin – Pablo Escobar – only makes room for four more to take his place. With the Cali Cartel, all rules have changed, and the DEA must prepare for the ultimate takedown.
All 10 hourlong episodes of Narcos ’ third season will become available exclusively to Netflix members on Friday, September 1, 2017 , at 12:01 a.m. PST.
“I think Season 3 is very different than Season 1 and Season 2 for our audience and for the surviving characters involved,” says actor Pedro Pascal , who returns as DEA agent Javier Peña. This season finds Peña promoted to a managerial position in Miami, though it’s not long before he’s back on the ground in Colombia.
Executive produced by José Padilha , Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard , Narcos chronicles real-life stories of the cocaine trade in the ‘80s and ‘90s. While the Cali Cartel played a minor part in the first two seasons, it now takes center stage, introducing viewers to the four “godfathers” who helped build the richest drug trafficking organization in the world.
“We’re not dealing with one king, we’re dealing with four,” Pascal says. “So it’s a new fight, it’s a new war, it’s new tactics. I think the characters are discovering that at the same time as the people watching the show.”
Leading the cast this season are Damián Alcázar as Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, Francisco Denis as Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, Pêpê Rapazote as Chepe Santacruz Londoño and Alberto Ammann as Pacho Herrera. Michael Stahl-David and Matt Whelan join the mix as two American DEA agents, and Matias Varela plays Jorge Salcedo, a Cali Cartel employee with valuable information.
“This is the thing about Narcos : you think it’s about one cartel, and then you realize it’s just bigger and bigger and bigger,” says Stahl-David. “Whenever one goes down, another pops up. It’s this never-ending cycle.”