Narcos: everything you need to know before Season 2

Narcos is set to return to Netflix in September, so we recap on where the Pablo Escobar story left off

After the briefest of teasers last month, now we have the first full trailer for Season 2 of Narcos, which arrives on Netflix on September 2.

So if you’ve not watched Season 1, you have six weeks to catch up. And if you have, you might need a reminder of where it left off.

What’s it all about?

It’s the dramatised story of the rise of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the violent extremes he went to to escape the law and cling on to power.

In pursuit of the mustachioed Escobar (played with malevolent gusto by Wagner Moura) are DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal).

The show is narrated by Murphy, who has just moved to Columbia with his wife and has to face the brutal realities of a country gripped by corruption and bloodshed.


Why should I watch it?

Even if you’re familiar with the Escobar story – and how it ended – Narcos has enough dramatic pace to hook you in.

And if you’re not, it’s a frankly mind-blowing introduction to a story that is staggering at every turn. At the height of his power Escobar’s cartel was supplying 80% of the cocaine that made it to the US, and making $70 million per day, ranking him among the ten richest men on the planet.

His wealth was only matched by his ruthless plotting, and his cat-and-mouse games with the DEA are the lifeblood of the show.


Who are the main players?

Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura): drug lord and leader of the Medellín Cartel
Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook): American DEA agent and narrator
Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal): a streetwise DEA agent who works with Murphy
Connie Murphy (Joanna Christie): Murphy’s wife and a nurse, who gets more involved as the story progresses
Horacio Carrillo (Maurice Compte): Colombian police chief and thorn in Escobar’s side

Where did we leave them?

Warning: spoilers below!


Season 1 left the story in 1992, at the point that Escobar makes his escape from La Catedral, the luxurious prison overlooking Medellín he had entered in a deal with the authorities.

When President Gaviria plans to temporarily move Escobar out of La Catedral, the kingpin suspects that it’s part of a plan to try him for his cartel’s countless murders.

He takes Eduardo Sandoval, the vice minister of justice, hostage in the prison, but when a special-forces team enters to rescue him, Escobar slips out, leaving many of his men to die.

What can we expect in Season 2?

The final episode of Season 1 set it up perfectly: this is now the hunt for Escobar.

As the trailer reveals, there’s an alliance forming “with the objective of taking out Escobar”.

That alliance includes the Cali cartel, who were sharing information with the CIA in the Season 1 finale.

With Escobar on the run, it’s set to be a bloody, brutal mission to take out the crime boss at any cost.

We may know how the true story of Escobar ended, but that’s not to say that Season 2 will be any less thrilling.

Narcos Season 2 premieres on Netflix on September 2.


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