Netflix announced today that they have renewed Narcos: Mexico for a third season, but with one big change behind-the-scenes. Eric Newman, who has served as showrunner on the series since the inception of the Narcos franchise, will be stepping down with Narcos co-creator Carlo Bernard stepping into the showrunner role.
“I am grateful for my five years at the helm of Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, and immensely proud of what this spectacular team has achieved with these shows,” Newman told THR in a statement. “When we began this endeavor — making a show in two languages, in a country that had never seen this kind of production — it seemed insane. But Netflix saw its potential then and their faith in us never wavered. Carlo Bernard is the first person I ever spoke to about this project, over 10 years ago, and I am extremely pleased to leave the steering of season three of Narcos: Mexico in his extremely capable hands.” Scoot McNairy will be returning as DEA agent Walt Breslin for the third season, but Diego Luna, who played drug kingpin Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, will not. Much like the first two seasons, the third season of Narcos: Mexico will be shot in and around Mexico City, albeit with new COVID-19 safety protocols in place. SPOILERS to follow if you haven’t caught up on the series.
The second season of Narcos: Mexico came to a close with Gallardo (Luna) now behind bars, giving rise to the Sinaloa, Tijuana and Juarez cartels, who are seeking to fill the gap left by Gallardo. According to the Netflix synopsis, the third season will bring the drug war into the ’90s, when the globalization of the drug business ignites. “The new episodes will examine the war that breaks out after Felix’s empire splinters. As newly independent cartels struggle to survive political upheaval and escalating violence, a new generation of Mexican kingpins emerge. But in this war, truth is the first casualty — and every arrest, murder and take-down only pushes real victory further away.” Will you be back for a third season of Narcos: Mexico?